A comprehensive evaluation is important to developing a solid treatment plan. The evaluation may look at articulation, language, pragmatic skills, oral motor, feeding and other areas of focus. Below is an outline of what to expect during your child’s evaluation.
Learning About Your Child
If you are able to print the paperwork packet before the evaluation, you can complete before you arrive for the appointment. If you are unable to complete the paperwork prior to your arrival, please arrive at least 30 minutes early to complete the paperwork.
Reviewing the Paperwork
The clinician will have you sign the consent for treatment, review financial policy, and obtain payment upfront. Next, the clinician will review the history information you provided. Sometimes, the speech therapist will not have you fill out information in advance, rather she will go through and ask you the questions together to engage in more information gathering. This depends on the child.
Once all information is gathered, the clinician will begin to move to the testing portion. She may complete 1 or more standardized assessments. Sometimes this looks a lot like play time. J During this time, the parent may or may not be in the room. It depends on how comfortable your child is with the clinician and how well he or she can focus with the parent in the room. This often takes the most time compared to other portions of the visit.
Once the testing is complete, the clinician may have you play with your child while scoring the test(s). Before leaving, the clinician will review the scores and make specific recommendations for your child. If your child qualifies for therapy, you may schedule your ongoing treatment sessions at that time. The official evaluation report will take a few days to complete. Once finished, the referring physician and you will receive a copy of the report.