Screenings are a brief assessment to determine if a more thorough speech, language, or other professional or developmental evaluation is needed. The purpose of a screening is to look for red flags in the areas of articulation and verbal and non-verbal language skills, however concerns in other areas of development may also be identified.
Screenings help determine if a client's skills are within normal limits for their age, or if their skills should continue to be monitored or further evaluated. We briefly look at each area of communication during our screenings. These brief assessments help parents and educators learn more about a child's development. After a screening, recommendations are made.
We provide screenings in our Word Works centers upon request. We also offer them at local pre-schools and elementary schools. If you are interested in your school offering annual screenings, please let us know! If you have questions about your child's speech or language development, do not wait. Early identification is important. Contact us today!
We provide thorough evaluations for articulation disorders, language delay and disorders, social pragmatic disorders, voice, fluency/stuttering, feeding, auditory processing disorders, and other communication issues.
An evaluation typically involves using standardized and criterion referenced tests, observations, and caregiver, teacher, or family member interviews. Clients are seen for one or more sessions in our center. A written report with test scores, recommendations, and goals are provided. Different tests are selected to look at the specific areas of concern, based on age and developmental levels.
We review our findings with caregivers and to help make a plan for the client. Evaluations identify baseline levels to track progress, and the specific areas in need of intervention. After our assessment, group or individual therapy sessions may be recommended. All new clients without prior or recent evaluations must participate in an initial one hour evaluation. If further testing sessions are recommended, this will be discussed during this initial meeting.
The "wait and see" theory is outdated.
We strongly believe in early intervention and addressing issues as early as possible.
Please contact us if you have questions or to set up a screening or evaluation.
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