Mini-evaluations are approximately one-hour in duration. Initially, the clinician will speak with the parent over the phone to discuss and identify their main concerns. If the concern is limited to one area (i.e. expressive language, articulation), the clinician will recommend providing a mini-evaluation. The clinician will provide a parent interview in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the child’s developmental milestones and family history. The clinician will then assess the child in their home environment and produce a 1.5 to 3 page report. The report will consist of the child’s background history, clinical impression, recommendation, and goals.
Full evaluations are approximately 1 to 2.5 hours in duration. Initially, the clinician will speak with the parent over the phone to discuss their concerns. If the child exhibits difficulty in more than one area such as expressive language(i.e. grammar, syntax, vocabulary), receptive language, articulation, fluency (i.e. stuttering), or social and play skills, a full evaluation will be recommended. In the children’s home, the clinician will conduct a parent interview, administer standardized testing and assess the child’s skills. After the testing, the clinician will produce a three to six page evaluation report consisting of the child’s background information, clinical impressions, recommendations, and goals. We are able to provide an ICD-10 code, if the child presents with a significant delay or a disorder.
A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds. A child incorrectly articulates the distinct sounds within certain words by distorting, adding, or leaving off some of the sounds. One example of an articulation disorder is informally called a lisp, in which a person incorrectly produces an "s" sound as if it were a "th" sound.Children may demonstrate difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words clearly to the point that listeners experience challenges understanding what's being said. Speech-Articulation therapy can be used as a treatment to address articulation problems.
Language therapy can support the development of receptive or expressive language skills. Receptive language disorders refers to an individual who demonstrates a breakdown in comprehension. The child may have difficulty answering questions, following directions, and understanding language that increases in length and complexity. Expressive language disorder is when a child has difficulty putting words together, a limited vocabulary, or does not use language in a socially appropriate way.