When we see a new client we will first discuss your concerns, collect a comprehensive case history, including developmental milestones, past medical history and previous involvement with other health professionals.
An assessment session usually takes 1½ to 2 hours. In some circumstances we may need to book an additional assessment session.
Depending on your child's age, your concerns and our initial observations, we will complete a combination of formal and informal assessments. Informal assessment may include; checklists, informal observation during play or screening tools. Formal assessment requires use of standardised assessment tools.
As part of your assessment we will cover the following areas:
- Expressive language
- Receptive language
- Speech (articulation / phonology)
- Pragmatics (social communication)
- Play skills (if appropriate)
- Literacy skills, including phonological awareness, reading and spelling (if appropriate)
What to expect.
Because many of the children we see are young, sometimes an additional session may be required if a child is having difficulty attending to assessment tasks and needs frequent breaks, or if there are areas of communication we feel need to be further investigated. Your Speech Pathologist will discuss this with you if needed.
Parents and significant others are encouraged to observe the assessment session. If your child is very young we may require you to help with the assessment. The Speech Pathologist will explain what is going to happen and what you can or cannot do to help your child during the assessment (for example, you will not be able to give your child hints or repeat test questions).
We will need a quiet area, free from too many distractions to complete our assessment. Ideally we would like to see your child performing at their best, so please make sure he or she is well rested and has had something to eat and drink prior to our arrival. If your child is under 4 we will usually sit on the floor with your child. If your child is school-aged it is usually better to sit at a table.
If your toddler or pre-schooler is shy or slow to "warm up" to new people, make sure you reassure them about the process. Your Buzz Speech Pathologist will be very nice and used to working with children. It can be helpful to ask your child to have ready their favourite toy or something they have made to show the Speechie.
You are encouraged to ask any questions you have throughout the session.
At end of assessment session, the Speech Pathologist will discuss their impressions with you. They will need time following the session to analyse assessment results and score any standardised assessments. Once your Speech Pathologist has examined your child's assessment results they will give you a ring to provide more detailed feedback and discuss recommendations.
As part of our assessment we will also provide you with a summary report (usually 1-2 pages, including outcomes of the assessment and recommendations). If you would like a detailed assessment report (usually 5-6 pages in length) please let us know. As a longer report will take some extra time to write, there is an additional charge of $70 for this report.