Assessment and Diagnosis

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What to expect

Assessment and Diagnosis

Our speech and language therapists are able to assess all aspects of an individual's speech, language and communication. We can also assess individuals with eating and drinking difficulties.

Our speech and language therapists will carry out an initial assessment to help determine what areas of the patient's speech, language and communication have been affected and also to determine the severity of the patient's problems.

We offer a range of assessments to assess all areas of speech, language and communication. Assessment can involve both formal and informal assessments and will be specifically chosen to accommodate the patient's needs and abilities.

Formal assessments

Formal assessments are able to compare the patient's speech and language abilities to the rest of the population. Formal assessment can provide age-equivalent and standardised scores in helping to determine the severity of a specific speech, language and communication problem in comparison to the rest of the population.

Informal assessments

Informal assessments are not standardised on the rest of the population. Informal assessments allow the therapist to tailor the assessment to the patient's specific abilities and needs, which formal assessments sometimes fail to do.

An initial assessment at speech and language therapy will involve:

  • An initial discussion about the patient's speech, language and communication problems and any concerns they or their parent/ carers may have.
  • A case history including medical and family history.
  • A general observation of the patient's speech, language and interaction skills.
  • A more detailed assessment of the patient's speech, language and communication abilities.
  • A discussion about the assessment results and whether the patient will need an individualised therapy plan.
  • Assessment results will help to decide on an appropriate treatment plan for the patient which may involve discharge, individual therapy, group therapy, advice and support or a home or school programme.

    Diagnosis

    Assessment results can help to confirm a diagnosis of a speech, language and communication disorder and also the severity of the difficulty. The speech and language therapist may also work closely with other professionals in contributing to a diagnosis of more complex conditions or disorders.

    If you would like any more information on the assessment and diagnostic process, or would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists then please contact us on 0161 883 0077.





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