Assessments

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Assessments

Our speech and language therapists carry out a range of assessments for both adults and children regarding their speech, language, and communication needs. Our speech and language therapists can also assess an individual's eating, drinking and swallowing abilities.

What types of speech and language assessments are there?

Speech and language therapy assessments can include both formal and informal assessments to suit the individual's specific needs and abilities. The speech and language therapist can assess many different areas of speech, language and communication in both children and adults. A speech and language therapist may assess the following areas:

  • Speech
  • Expressive language (verbal, non-verbal and written communication)
  • Receptive language (understanding of verbal, non-verbal and written communication)
  • Pragmatics (social use of language)
  • Attention and listening
  • Play and interaction
  • Voice quality
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing
  • The speech and language therapist may carry out assessments for the following reasons:

  • An initial assessment
  • A review of an individual's speech, language and communication abilities.
  • An assessment to contribute to a report. For example a statement of special educational needs report.
  • An assessment of an individual's capacity.

    What can I expect from an initial assessment with a speech and language therapist?

    An initial assessment with one of our speech and language therapists will involve:

  • A discussion with you and / your parent or carer about your speech, language, eating and drinking difficulties, also any concerns you may have.
  • A case history
  • A general observation of your communication and interaction skills.
  • A more detailed assessment of your speech, language, eating and drinking abilities.
  • An initial assessment will allow the speech and language therapist to identify if an individual has any speech, language or eating and drinking difficulties. Assessments can also contribute to a diagnosis and determine the severity of an individual's symptoms. An initial assessment will help to determine what type of speech and language therapy input will benefit the individual.

    How can I book an initial assessment with a speech and language therapist?

    If you would like any more information on our assessment services or would like to book an appointment to see one of our speech and language therapists then please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0330 0885 643.


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    To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email office@slt.co.uk

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