Evaluation is an integral part of the therapeutic process, as it provides the key to identifying each individual’s speech and language skills related to effective communication. We offer evaluations in the areas of speech and language, auditory processing disorders and oral-motor / feeding issues. Evaluation results, discussion and recommendations are documented in comprehensive reports.
Evaluation and therapy address the following major areas:
Language Development Delays / Disorders including restricted vocabulary, difficulty following directions, slowness in answering, echoing what is said, short attention span, “forgetting words”, higher order thinking skills, abstract reasoning, memory deficits, phonological awareness, and talking less and in short phrases than children of the same age.
Pragmatic Language Disorders including the inability to initiate and end conversations appropriately, difficulty maintaining a topic of conversation, problems with point of view and perspective-taking and poor social cue reading.
Auditory Processing Disorders affecting the ability to follow directions, processing information in noisy situations, or hearing the differences between sounds important for reading.
Speech Production Disorders including phonological disorders, articulation delays resulting in reduced speech intelligibility and motor-speech disorders including apraxia and dysarthria.
Oral Motor and Feeding Problems including difficulties with the mechanics of feeding, oral muscle tone or sensation and problems with planning, sequencing and executing coordinated movements.
Voice Disorders resulting from vocal nodules, vocal abuse and vocal chord paralysis.
Fluency Disorders including disruption of the rhythm of speech, repetitions, sound prolongations and secondary characteristics.
For more information or to make an appointment for a speech evaluation, please contact us.