A standard assessment is guided by the client’s age and specific concerns. Here are the steps involved:
- A consultation prior to the program to identify your child’s specific strengths and areas of need
- An interview with parents/guardians or the client to gather historical and current information
- Review of reports or other documents from school or other health care practitioners (doctors, audiologists, previous SLPs, etc.)
- An informal play, reading, or other interaction session, depending on the client’s age and presenting concerns (audio-recorded for analysis)
- At least one standardized test
Most assessments are between 1 1/2 and 2 hours long and may be spread over several days if observations at daycare or school are necessary. There are charges for driving time to daycare visits. Observation at in everyday settings is the most comprehensive way to determine a person’s unique profile, develop goals for treatment, and measure progress. This can be substituted by a video provided by parents. If a report is required, please discuss this with your SLP. Additional charges will depend on the length and detail of the written documentation that is required. A comprehensive fee schedule is readily available by request.
Treatment goals and number of sessions suggested are determined by need. Parent involvement in therapy is a strong indicator of any therapy program’s success, and so parents are encouraged to participate in every individual therapy session. Click here to read more about the importance of parent participation.
Your SLPs are certified to lead Hanen ® parent training workshops, both individually and in group sessions. Because parents spend more time with their children than anyone else does, implementing language strategies at home benefits a child as much as – if not more than – individual therapy sessions. Learn more about the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words programs.
This service examines your child’s social communication behaviours: the quality of your child’s interactions with you and his or her environment with and without the use of language. This involves parent/guardian interview, a screening questionnaire (depending on your child’s age), observations of the child interacting with you and interactions with the child by your SLP (when possible). This service helps doctors to determine the appropriate diagnosis for your child or what next steps to take to help. It may also help determine the need for a full speech-language assessment, if it is determined that your child’s behaviours may be caused by difficulties in language expression or understanding. Read this article to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder.