Screenings are available to identify children who may be at risk for speech and language delays. The screening provides a brief summary of a child’s speech, language, and hearing skills. From these results, the speech-language pathologist determines whether skills seem to be age-appropriate or require further testing or if therapy is recommended.
A comprehensive assessment determines strengths and weaknesses of the child’s speech and language skills and defines the goals for therapy. Depending on the focus of the assessment, standardized tests, parent questionnaires, informal sampling, and other tools are used to gather information regarding the child’s abilities.
Therapy is scheduled in 30 to 60 minute sessions ranging from one to four sessions per week. Sessions are typically scheduled between 8:30-5:30 Monday through Friday. Therapy is scheduled at a convenient time for the family and therapist. Frequency/length is determined by a child’s age and needs.
The therapists are available as consultants to community professionals to assist families in providing a complete program for their child. Family permission is always obtained before exchanging information with another professional and the family is consulted regarding what information may/may not be shared.
For children who are too young or developmentally unable to participate in standardized testing, this initial visit is used for observations and informal assessments, to gather information from parents, and to determine if therapy is recommended. The visit is 45-60 minutes. Verbal and written feedback are provided to parents.