What is a speech-language evaluation?
A speech-language evaluation is the measurement of a person’s communication skills. It is done to gain more understanding of a person’s communication skills and needs. This evaluation is done by a licensed speech-language pathologist.
The speech-language pathologist will review relevant case history information with the client and/or anyone who accompanies them to their evaluation. The case history form will be provided to the client for completion prior to the evaluation. Questions included in the case history form (if relevant) include:
- Pregnancy and birth history
- Acquisition of developmental milestones
- Medical history
- Family and biographical information (e.g. who lives with the client, is there family history of speech, language or hearing disorders, etc.)
- Current and previous speech-language skills
- Reason for requesting the speech-language evaluation
- School/education history
After the case history information is reviewed, the client will participate in a comprehensive evaluation, which includes a combination of standardized and informal assessments.
What areas may be assessed as part of a speech-language evaluation at Columbus Speech & Hearing?
- Expressive language (how a person uses language to communicate)
- Receptive language (how a person understands language)
- Articulation and Apraxia (the accuracy and intelligibility of spoke communication)
- Stuttering and Fluency (speaking smoothly and without effort)
- Social Engagement and Interaction (how a person plays, interacts and/or communicates with others)
- Phonemic Awareness (the ability to recognize and manipulate the spoken parts of words)
- Hearing Screening (depending on their age and medical history)
What happens after the evaluation?
The evaluating speech-language pathologist will step out of the treatment room for a few minutes to score the assessment(s) and gather any relevant handouts and resources. They will review the results of the evaluation and share their recommendations with the client and/or anyone who accompanies the client to the evaluation. The client and/or their caregiver will be given a Quick Summary Speech-Language Evaluation Sheet that summarizes the evaluation results and recommendations covered by the speech-language pathologist. If speech therapy is recommended, the speech-language pathologist will take the client to the business office to speak with one of our schedulers.
In a few weeks, a thorough speech and language evaluation will be sent to the client, which will include:
- Case history information and reason for referral
- The results of all standardized and informal assessments
- A speech-language diagnosis, if applicable
- Referrals, if applicable
- Treatment goals, if applicable
What Does a Speech-Language Pathologist Do?
Licensed and certified speech-language pathologists offer in person and virtual screenings, evaluations and treatment for a variety of skilled areas including:
- Receptive language
- Expressive language
- Social pragmatic language (social interaction)
- Oral-motor skills
- Orofacial Myofunctional
- Phonological awareness/early literacy
- Accent modification/reduction
- Hearing impaired/cochlear implant
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) evaluate a patient’s speech, language, cognitive, communication and swallowing skills in order to diagnose a speech disorder.
The SLP will likely evaluate the following categories:
- Understanding and use of different words.
- Correct use of words incorrectly formed sentences.
- Use of language for different purposes.
- Pronunciation of speech sounds.
- Physical ability to produce speech.
- Voice quality.
- Fluency or smooth flow of speech.
- Fine motor skills.
How to Prepare for a Speech Evaluation
Schedule an Appointment
Both children and adults experiencing issues with their voice or speech can benefit from a speech-language pathologist visit. Early treatment is key to preventing problems down the road so scheduling an appointment at the first sign of trouble is crucial to long-term success.
Discuss Your Concerns
After completing the required paperwork, you and your speech-language pathologist will review your medical history and discuss your concerns related to speech, language, social or feeding difficulties.
Complete an Assessment
Depending on the age of the patient and the specific concerns, a speech-language pathologist may perform a number of assessments, including play-based activities or more structured tests.
Review a Treatment Plan
Personal goals, history and assessment results will be used to craft a custom-made treatment plan with clear objectives and expectations.
Every person’s speech needs are unique to them. Our customized treatment plans work with each individual’s comfort and ability levels. Progress goals are determined together and are adjustable. Patient-focused therapy is only an appointment away. Schedule now.
Call Columbus Speech and Hearing at (614) 263-5151 for more information or to schedule an appointment.