We provide assessment in a wide range of communication areas such as speech, comprehension, expression, pre-verbal communication, phonological awareness, literacy and play development.
A variety of assessment methods may be used, depending on the presenting concerns. Information is gathered through formal testing, informal assessment, parent discussion and information sought from child care settings, preschools and schools whereby appropriate. This is done to ensure we get a overall view of your child's development, as well as gaining a perspective of your child's abilities in a range of everyday environments.
The amount of testing required is determined on a case by case basis but this will be done via discussion with parents during the initial phone call prior to an assessment taking place. What we ensure through the testing process is that information gatheredabout your child is accurate, and assessment is done in an indepth and individualised manner.
A typical assessment includes taking information from you, the parent in relation to your child, as well as gathering information that may be needed from educators whereby appropriate. At our practice we value the ability to assess a child in a way that reflects their skills in a functional and dynamic way, which is why we nearly always combine formal with informal assessment (e.g., using formal tests as using methods such as play-based interaction and child-parent interaction).
After assessment is completed the speech pathologist gathers up the information in order to write a detailed and comprehensive written report. Reports are written in a way that makes them easy to read in relation to the child's communication issues. This report is then discussed with parents which allows for questions and discussions about future directions.