An assessment is a lengthy, in-depth evaluation that employs formal, standardized tests to compare your child’s performance to that of same-aged peers. The clinician will also collect a language sample, conduct an oral mechanism exam, assess speech production / articulation / phonology, and employ clinical judgment to determine your child’s current levels of functioning.
An assessment varies in length, but typically lasts 1 – 2 hours in duration.
At the end of an assessment the clinician will give you her professional opinion regarding the need for intervention. She will take some time to score the standardized tests and produce a written report that reflects all scores and clinical observations obtained during the assessment. Therapy may or may not be recommended.
A copy of the written report will be provided to be used as needed at your discretion. Insurance companies often request copies of assessment reports prior to authorizing treatment sessions.