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Speech and Language Assessment - What to Expect

The follow list will help you and your child better understand what to expect at a speech and/or language assessment.
  • The assessment will be completed by a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who is registered with the College of Audiologists & Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CALSPO)
  • Sessions are one hour in length and parents/guardians stay with the child.
  • There will be a variety of toys and objects in the room for your child to play with.
  • You will complete a case history form (if you did not do so before the appointment) and a parent questionnaire that asks where you feel your child’s skills are at the time of assessment.
  • The SLP will review the case history and questionnaire with you. You will be free to offer any additional information about your child or your concerns.
  • The SLP will play and talk with your child while listening to their speech sounds, sentence productions, grammar, vocabulary; and review how your child asks and answer questions and follow directions.
 During the assessment, the SLP may also:
  • Look in your child’s mouth to see if there are any physical differences that may contribute to speech difficulties.
  • Conduct a hearing screen to see how your child responds to sounds.
  • Have your child name some pictures or objects to listen to how they say their sounds in words and sentences.
  • Use some specific tests to look at how your child’s talking, sounds and understanding is. Some of the tasks may be hard for your child, but the SLP makes it fun.
When the session is complete
After the session the SLP will discuss his or her finding with you and make some recommendations.  If you both feel that therapy is needed, an appointment schedule will be made for you.  The SLP may give suggestions for some things to work on at home that will help your child develop his or her speech, language or literacy skills.
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