Speech & Language Assessments
From a very young age children’s ability to understand and use speech and language impacts their ability to have their needs met and to engage socially. If you’re concerned your child’s development is lagging behind their same aged peers, a Speech & Language Assessment can be a good place to start (available at our Hawthorn clinic)
Speech and language skills are essential for children, particularly in their developmental years. Children use language to learn, build social relationships, problem solve and to organise and communicate ideas.
Weaknesses in these areas can influence a child’s learning and social skills, particularly as they transition into school where demands become more complex.
What is a Speech & Language Assessment for?
If you’re concerned your child’s development is lagging behind their same age peers a Speech & Language Assessment can help. An assessment will help to:
Who is a Speech & Language Assessment Suited to?
Anyone lagging behind peers with their speech, language and communication skills would benefit from a comprehensive speech, language and communication assessment. At neurocare we have standardised assessments of language suitable for children aged 1 to 21 years, 11 months.
While early intervention is preferable to take advantage of their developmental stage a child is never too old to benefit from an assessment. Assessments are suitable for people up to and into adulthood and can reveal obstacles that may exist in their development or issues that have been holding them back in their learning and social abilities.
Some common indications a child may benefit from this assessment include:
- Delayed or disordered speech sounds
- Difficulty understanding the language of others or following instructions
- Trouble communicating or expressing themselves
- Poor social skills
The Assessment Process
neurocare’s assessment processes combines use of ANZ standardised CELF (Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals) testing with clinical observations to build a complete picture of your child’s speech and language development as compared to same aged peers.
The components of the testing and clinical battery used will vary depending on your child’s circumstances, however the process will involve:
This provides a measure of specific aspects of language form and content compared to same age peers. neurocare offers a range of clinical assessments including CELF 5, CELF P2 and PLS5.
This involves collecting information about your child’s early and current developmental behavioural, emotional and medical history. The process enables neurocare to go beyond standardise testing, providing a more complete picture of how your child is functioning in the classroom and everyday life. As part of the process our clinicians will talk to parents/carers and your child, as well as any other relevant professionals who support them (such as teachers or doctors).
Next steps after the assessment
Following the assessment, your clinician will review the results with you in a feedback session to help you understand your child’s strengths, weaknesses and the areas of development to focus on.
In the case that your child needs further support, the assessment results will enable your clinician to develop a personalised treatment program with goals to target areas of weakness and improve communication skills.
We can also provide support and advice for your child’s school, including recommendations for combined intervention, supporting the planning process or simply helping the teaching team identify situations when your child may need more time and assistance to process language in a learning environment.
Support for NDIS participants
neurocare is a registered NDIS provider, and we provide programs under the Capacity Building stream. While specific support and funding will be based on your individual goals, we generally support participants under Improved Daily Living or Social and Community Participation.
Some common conditions we work with are:
- Developmental delays and intellectual disability
- Specific learning disability in reading, writing or spelling
- Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy.
We work collaboratively with NDIS participants, carers, families, and support workers to set meaningful goals and deliver supports to help you achieve the outcomes you are aiming for.