Speech Therapy and Speech Pathology
Speech and Language Assessment
A speech and language assessment is a wide-ranging evaluation of language and speech capabilities, which is often used to assist children. At the Listen and Learn Centre, we employ a range of techniques, testing tools, and observations in order to compile a comprehensive understanding of each patient’s strengths and weaknesses.
Our speech and language assessments will establish how each patient understands verbal language (receptive), as well as how well they express themselves using spoken language (expressive). Other aspects of a speech and language assessment include:
- The patient’s use of spelling and grammar in spoken language
- The patient’s phonological and literacy skills (spelling, reading, and writing)
- The patient’s use of language in a social context
- Fluency and articulation when speaking
The precise nature of a speech and language assessment will vary from patient to patient. Each assessment will generally involve standardised testing. This allows the speech pathologist to compare the patient’s strengths and weaknesses statistically compared to their peers. Other methods of assessment include questionnaires and observations.
In order to have a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s ability, a speech and language assessment will also make use of information from other sources. The patient’s parents, general practitioners, teachers, and therapists can all be crucial in understanding how an individual’s speech capabilities affect their everyday life.
Your Listen and Learn Centre Speech Pathologist will compile this information in order to diagnose, treat, and improve the patient’s language and speech disorders, or learning difficulties.
For more information about speech and language assessments at the Listen and Learn Centre, please request a call.