A comprehensive speech and language or feeding assessment will provide you with a thorough understanding of your child’s current stage of development, their strengths, as well as any areas of need.
The speech and language assessment is completed using a combination of formal/standardized assessments, clinical observation, and a review of your child's history. This is followed up with a discussion of results and recommendations to help your child reach his/her full potential. Depending on the needs of your child, an evaluation will take from 1-2 hours to complete. A written report will be provided with findings of the assessment as well as recommendations and an individualized treatment plan.
During a feeding assessment, we review medical and feeding history and discuss any concerns with the caregivers. We analyze the child’s current diet for food preferences, such as textures and tastes, their eating schedule and overall intake of solids and liquids. During the evaluation, the child is observed while eating or attempting to eat various foods brought from home.
Observations are made regarding the child’s sensory response to food and textures, oral-motor skills for eating and drinking, and any related behaviors. Certain techniques and tools may used to assess underlying problems. Once the specific challenges are established, we work with the caregivers to develop a customized feeding plan. In addition, a written report is provided with descriptions of findings and detailed instructions of recommended strategies and techniques in order for the child to continue their progress in their daily lives.