A comprehensive evaluation is initiated by understanding the concerns of the individual and his/her family, teachers and anyone else involved with the individual. A thorough history is then obtained. With this information, an evaluation is completed based on the presenting needs of the individual.
Areas to be assessed may include:
- Expressive verbal language
- Receptive verbal language
- Speech production
- Skills that make up an effective reading profile
- Working memory
- Executive Functioning
The evaluation typically takes about 3 hours to complete but may vary depending on the needs of the individual. It is typically completed in one visit, but may be completed across two visits, if needed. Once the evaluation is complete, a feedback session is held to explain the results to the individual and his/her caregiver. A written report is provided that includes the assessment details, outlining a profile of strengths and weaknesses. This report also includes recommendations for the family, as well as the individual’s academic program.
Following an evaluation, a treatment plan is constructed in conjunction with the individual and his/her caregivers. Depending on the needs of the individual, this might entail:
- A routine individual therapy appointment, that may vary in frequency from monthly to biweekly.
- Sessions with the individual and his/her caregiver in order to provide training and education so that a program can be completed at home.
- An individualized home program that can be completed by the individual and caregivers on their own schedule.
Consultative services may be provided to increase the knowledge and understanding of how best to approach language and literacy disorders from an evidence-based, structured literacy framework. This entails support in the form of preventative measures, early identification, early intervention and remediation services. Collaboration with families helps to empower parents to become more effective advocates for their children. Consultation with school teams and other professionals helps to maintain the consistency of treatment across settings.
Consultative services include the following:
- Parent trainings
- Review of previous testing/IEPs to provide recommendations for intervention
- Support for schools and educators
- Support for therapists
- Support for health care providers interested in increasing efforts towards improved literacy
Diagnoses and conditions addressed:
- Articulation/phonological disorders
- Auditory processing deficits
- Expressive language disorder
- Reading disorders
- Receptive language disorder
- Specific learning impairments
- Writing disorders
If you have noticed any of the following signs in your child, you might consider seeking an evaluation:
- History of being a late talker
- Difficulty rhyming words
- Difficulty saying or writing the alphabet
- Difficulty remembering letter sounds
- Difficulty breaking a word into sounds or syllables
- Difficulty reading new words
- Slow, difficult reading and/or writing
- Trying to memorize text
- Difficulty answering questions about what was read
- Reading below grade level
- Difficulty writing ideas on paper
- Inaccurate spelling