standard assessment services
An initial assessment will allow us to evaluate your child’s speech, language and/or literacy skills to identify any skills that may require additional support. We highly recommend that all new clients undergo an initial assessment when commencing services with us. This allows us to fulfil our ethical obligations as Speech Pathologists registered with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) by ensuring we provide your child with the most relevant services for his/her individual needs.
If your child has been assessed by another Speech Pathologist prior to coming to see us, another assessment may not be required. This will depend on how long ago the assessment was completed and whether there is a written report with information that we can use. Please feel free to chat to us further to discuss your options.
Your child’s initial assessment will generally involve the following:
- Completion of a case history questionnaire.
- Completion of a case history interview where the speech pathologist will ask you a range of questions about your child’s medical and developmental history. This will help us gain some understanding about factors that may be impacting on your child’s speech and language development, as well as provide space for you to outline your concerns.
- Completion of standardised assessments relevant to your child’s age, abilities and specific areas of concern.
- Free play and interaction with your child. This will enable your child’s speech pathologist to observe and attempt to elicit various speech and language skills during your child’s interactions with others.
- Liaison with other professionals involved in your child’s care to ensure that all of your child’s needs are managed appropriately.
Our assessments are usually completed in one or two appointments, each approximately 60 to 90 minutes long. The exact length of your child’s assessment will depend on the specific nature of his/her individual needs. This will be discussed with you when you call to make an appointment.
Following your child’s assessment, you will be provided with a written assessment report that will explain the results of your child’s speech pathology assessment and list recommendations for treatment. Not only is it regulation according to Speech Pathology Australia to have written documentation of all assessments completed, but we also believe it is essential to ensure that we can provide services that are tailored specifically to meet your child’s unique needs. We particularly pride ourselves on the quality and detail of our assessment reports, and will spend as much time as you need discussing your child’s results with you to ensure all of your questions and concerns are addressed appropriately. You are also more than welcome to share this report with your child’s GP, teacher or other professionals involved in their care. We feel that everyone involved in your child’s care should have easy access to this information to ensure consistent and evidence-based management of their speech, language and/or literacy needs.
other assessment services
Language Development Centre (LDC) Assessments
We also offer assessments as part of the Language Development Centre (LDC) referral process. Language Development Centres are independent schools that cater for children with primary language impairments (i.e. language is their main area of difficulty). LDC referrals can be completed for children entering Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year One in the following school year. These referrals must be completed several months before the end of the school year, so it is very important you enquire about these as early as possible to ensure that your child’s referral may be completed in time. LDC assessments usually require at least two assessment sesisons with a speech pathologist. Due to the in-depth assessment process, including extensive paperwork and time spent liaising with other professionals, LDC assessments are charged at a higher fee than standard assessments. If you wish to discuss an LDC referral for your child, please contact us for more information.