How to know if your child needs an evaluation.
A comprehensive speech and language evaluation may be needed if a child is not meeting communication milestones in a timely manner or is at risk for a communication disorder. Many genetic disorders and medical conditions such as Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder, put children at risk for communication challenges. A family history of communication disorders such as stuttering or speech delay also put your child at risk for communication difficulties.
Intake and Assessment
The initial intake process for Speech and Language Therapy includes a parent interview and a review of your child’s developmental and medical history.
An Occupational Therapist from our team will also be consulted to help identify from their perspective any underlying Sensory Processing challenges that could be correlated to expressive or receptive language, joint attention, shared communications, and articulation disorders. Often, children that present as late talkers, struggle with word finding as a result of a difficulty with sequence of thought that directly affects expressive language. They may also have motor challenges that effect speech clarity. These children significantly benefit from a collaborative team treatment program.
Following the intake your child’s speech and language skills will be evaluated through informal observation and/or formal standardized assessment. A therapy program, if appropriate, may be recommended at this time.
Speech Therapy Treatment Plan
Together with the parents, our team of compassionate and experienced therapists will develop a treatment plan appropriate for your child’s needs. At Child Success Center®, we believe in creating a treatment plan based on the “just right challenge”. Our goal is create a positive learning environment so that your child feels supported to participate in activities slightly above his/her skill level.