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Assessments

There are a wide range of speech therapy assessments. Here is some info to help you understand which types I may use with your child and why.

INFORMAL ASSESSMENT 

WHAT IS IT? 

Information gathered about your child from a number of 'informal' sources.  

- Consultation and case history with parents/family 

- Discussions with school staff 

- Observation of child in school/nursery 

- Play session with therapist and family member 

- Reviewing a recording of your child interacting

WHO IS IT USEFUL FOR?

- Young children (18months+) who have not yet developed the required attention and listening skills for more formalised assessment. 

- Any child who has delayed attention and listening skills and can not sit and attend for long periods of time. 

- Children with Selective Mutism. 

- Any child who would find formalised assessment distressing or uncomfortable, thus changing their communicative ability. 

FORMAL ASSESSMENT 

WHAT IS IT?

Formalised assessment uses published assessment tools and resources to test the communicative ability of children. They provide statistics that can be compared to 'typical' communicative abilities of children of a similar age and will provide you with an 'age equivalent' or percentile rank as a baseline of their skills.

WHO IS IT USEFUL FOR?

- Children over the age of 3.

- Children who need evidence of their impairment.

- Children who have complex language needs.

- Children who have established attention and listening skills.