Evaluation

When a child has a speech-language evaluation, the caregiver completes a questionnaire that provides information about the child’s development from his or her birth. Standardized tests, parent interviews, play-based assessment and clinical observation to identify communication and swallowing disorders are used to render a diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan and recommendations.

A typical evaluation takes 60-90 minutes and includes a parent interview and education (in English or Spanish). Due to the demand, evaluations are typically scheduled several weeks in advance.

After the evaluation, our therapists determine the need for intervention and guide families to appropriate resources. Recommendations may include referrals to public and private programs throughout the county.