TYPES OF EVALUATIONS:
The purpose of a speech and language evaluation is to measure the individual’s communication skills. The speech language pathologist (SLP) is interested in determining the individual’s strengths and limitations in communication. The SLP uses formal assessments, behavioral observations, family report and medical history to determine if a speech and/or language problem is present.
The purpose of a feeding evaluation is to measure the sensory or motor difficulties that are impacting an individual’s ability to eat adequately. The SLP is interested in determining if the individual can tolerate a variety of types of food textures, tastes, smells, and appearances safely without risk of food or liquid entering the lungs. The SLP will use observation, family report, and medical history to determine if a feeding problem is present.
The purpose of an augmentative communication evaluation is to measure the individual’s ability to use an alternative form of communication to express themselves when they are unable to verbally. The SLP will be interested in the individual’s current mode of communication and how they might be able to enhance or change it to make the person a more effective and independent communicator with a variety of people. The evaluation will include trialing a variety of communication systems to determine which best suits the client.
During the evaluation, testing will occur to compare the individual to normative data available on the skills of other people their age. The tests are chosen based on concerns expressed by the family and referring physician. Following the evaluation, the SLP will complete a report to send to you and the individual’s physician. This evaluation report will summarize the results of the evaluation and the therapy recommendations.
Therapy is done to help the individual improve their skills and become more independent in all environments. Goals are selected to help achieve success through a carefully designed sequence of activities. The length and amount of therapy depends on the individual’s age, and the nature of the problem. The severity of the problem is an important factor as well. The more serious the disorder, the longer therapy will take. Therapy is a process and every individual is different. While some make immediate improvement, others show slow and steady improvement. We encourage you to keep in constant communication with the treating SLP to understand goals and continued progress.