Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluation

The purpose of a speech and language evaluation is to measure your child’s communication skills. The speech language pathologist is interested in determining your child’s strengths and weaknesses in communication. The evaluation may include: formal assessments, behavioral observations, parental report, and background information about the child to determine if a speech and/or language problem is present.

Tests chosen for evaluation are based on concerns expressed by the parents and/or guardians, and other professionals involved in the child’s care . Tests given may look at the child’s:

  • Comprehension vocabulary
  • Understanding of grammar and syntax
  • Understanding of directions, and information as it increases in length and complexity
  • Auditory skills
  • Expression vocabulary
  • Expressive use of grammar and syntax
  • Word-retrieval
  • Articulation
  • Voice quality
  • Fluency or smooth flow of speech
  • Social use of language for interactive communication
  • Oral-motor and feeding skills