What is the purpose of a speech and language evaluation?

The purpose of a comprehensive speech and language evaluation is to provide parents, educators, and other health care professionals with detailed information on a child’s fundamental skills, including their strength and relative weaknesses in the areas of language production, comprehension, and use. Parents will be supported in translating their child’s specific profile into a plan for helping them with identified challenges.

A Speech-Language Assessment may include evaluation of: vocabulary, sentence formulation, grammar, comprehension and processing of oral information, verbal memory, organization of language, play skills, social language, speech sound production, and higher-level language skills.

If there are concerns about more global developmental, learning, or behavioral challenges in addition to the child’s difficulties with speech or language, we recommend that the assessment be completed with both the Speech-Language Pathologist and our Neuropsychologist.