- Assessment and diagnosis of communication difficulties
- Individualised therapy
Why do we assess?
- To determine a diagnosis
- To determine eligibility/ need for services
- To establish a baseline - the current skill level
- To develop goals for therapy
- To measure and document therapy
What do we assess?
- Comprehension and Expression
- Spoken, written, gestural and use of AAC systems
- The content of language: vocabulary (word knowledge) and semantics (system of meanings)
- The form of language: syntax (rules of sentence formation), morphology (rules of word formation e.g. runned vs ran), phonology (the sound system)
- The use of language: pragmatics (social language and social skills)
- Collateral areas: voice, fluency, social, emotional and behavioural functioning, motor speech and oral motor functioning.
How do we assess?
- Norm-referenced assessment tools - compare scores to peer group
- Criterion-referenced assessment tools - measures whether a skill is present or absent
- Behavioural Observation - to determine specific assessment and view child's performance in natural context
- Language samples - eliciting a sample of the child's best conversational speech
making the right sounds
understanding and using words and sentences
the smooth rhythm of speaking
production of sound from the voice box
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