The Speech & Language Evaluation:


An evaluation can last from about 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the areas being assessed. The evaluation is comprised of formal assessments, informal testing measures, observations, and family reporting/history gathered from a parent interview. You will receive a brief verbal summary of the findings. If findings reveal that your child has attained age-appropriate speech and language skills, there will be no further appointments, and a written report can be mailed to you upon request.


How do I know if my child needs a speech and language evaluation?

Your child may need a speech and language evaluation if:

  • They are difficult to understand.

  • They are not yet imitating sounds or words.

  • They are not yet saying enough words or combining words independently.

  • They are not yet using appropriate sentence structure.

  • They have difficulty following directions and/or answering simple questions.

  • They have difficulty communicating in social settings.

 

How do I know if my child needs a feeding evaluation?

Your child may need a feeding evaluation if:

  • They have a limited food repertoire (fewer than 20 foods)

  • They are anxious about eating or trying new foods

  • They have an aversion or refuse all foods in a specific texture or nutrient group

  • They are described to be a "picky eater"

  • They do not accept any table food solids by 12 months of age

  • They have poor weight gain or weight loss

How do I know if my child needs an orofacial myofunctional evaluation?

Your child may need an orofacial myofunctional evaluation if he/she:

  • Tongue thrusts while swallowing  

  • Mouth breathes

  • Has a thumb/finger sucking habit

  • Has a tongue tie

  • Has speech sound errors or distortions