A speech-language evaluation measures a child's communication
skills. It is conducted by a speech-language pathologist at the
Hearing and Speech Clinic.
Before the evaluation, a parent will be asked to fill out a form
about the child. The speech-language pathologist will use this
information, along with the child's age and attention span to
decide how the child will be tested and observed.
evaluations last about two hours for children ages six and
younger, and two to three hours for children ages 7 and older.
During the appointment, parents stay with their child or watch
through a one-way mirror. Speech-language pathologists will observe
the child playing, interact with the child, if he/she is older,
they will interview the child, and then test and observe the
child. The tests/observations will include the following
areas: mouth structure, voice, fluency, sound pronunciation,
language understanding and verbal expression.
hearing evaluation is also part of a speech-language
evaluation. If the child has not had a hearing test in the past 6
months, the clinic will schedule one with the Audiology
After the speech-language evaluation, the speech-language
pathologist and audiologist will make recommendations, which may
include the following:
- A referral back to the child's school district's Early
- A referral back to the child's primary care physician for other
areas of need
- Speech-language therapy
- A referral to other agencies
- A re-evaluation
A written report of results and recommendations will be
mailed to the family within two weeks of the evaluation.
The speech-language evaluation may be done at any of the Hearing
and Speech Clinic locations at Children's Mercy Hospitals and
Clinics. Please see
contact information for more information.
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