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Speech and Language Evaluation

Get an action plan to build your child’s speech and language skills

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What is Speech and Language
Evaluation?

This is a deep dive into your child’s language abilities, which could include listening, speaking, and pragmatic language. We assess speech/articulation deficits, receptive and expressive language, and social/pragmatic differences and how those impact them so our team or other professionals can support their development.

How Our Evaluation Stands Apart

Unlock Your Child’s Strengths, Needs, and Language Differences

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Unmatched Expertise

We have highly experienced speech and language pathologists specializing in speech and all aspects of language. Your child’s evaluation will be tailored to understand their individual speech and language needs.

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Intervention-Driven Reports

Our evaluations are conducted by licensed speech and language pathologists. The in-depth
evaluation and report pinpoints the skills your child needs to build for fluent speech and language, and also outlines focal points for instruction so your child can hit the ground running with a clear action plan.

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We Provide a Clinical Diagnosis for School Support

 We’re licensed to provide a clinical diagnosis for your child if appropriate. Though our goal is not to label your child, it can make them eligible for school accommodations that can dramatically improve learning outcomes.

Is a Speech and Language Evaluation Right for Your Child?

This evaluation uncovers the source of many speech and language challenges. It may be right for your child if you suspect they struggle with:

We tailor our evaluation to look into your specific concerns, but in the process, we may uncover a root cause you didn’t expect. 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CHILD’S ASSESSMENT

Our Speech and Language Evaluation Process

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STEP 1

Connect With Our Team

Each child is unique, so reach out to our team, and let’s talk about whether a Speech and Language Evaluation will help you find the answers you’ve been searching for.

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STEP 2

Conduct the Evaluation

 We spend 2 sessions that are approximately 2-hours in length doing direct evaluation. We also review school records, interview adults in your child’s life, and gather background history to understand their challenges and needs. 

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STEP 3

Find Your Path Forward

We help you understand all of your options and provide recommendations for interventions and community resources so your child gets the best support as quickly as possible. 

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STEP 4

Get Results & Answers

We provide our in-depth report within two weeks of completing the evaluation. We also schedule time to review the report with you to answer all your questions.

Could Additional Evaluations Deepen Your Understanding of Your Child?

We’re home to a team of interdisciplinary specialists. When appropriate, an expansion of the evaluation may be recommended, such as a psycho‑educational evaluation or autism evaluation, to help us provide you with the answers you need to get your child the help they deserve.

Meet Our Speech and Language Pathologist

CATIE PALUMBO
Speech and Language Pathologist

Catie is a dedicated Speech and Language Pathologist with over a decade of experience, specializing in empowering children to communicate confidently. Having worked with Autistic children and obtained a Master’s in Communication Disorders, she emphasizes parent education and play-based therapy. Her approach, rooted in trust and collaboration, ensures your child receives personalized and effective care. Catie is a therapist who truly understands and nurtures your child’s communication needs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answering Parent’s Top Questions About Speech and Language Evaluation

Call, text, or fill out the contact form below to get on our schedule or discuss with our team.

No, you do not.

This type of assessment is typically offered by practices that are considered out-of-network providers. We will provide a Superbill with CPT codes that are often reimbursed to some extent for this service. You can then check with your insurance company to see whether they will cover part or all of the assessment.

Please refer to the Billing and Insurance page for more information.

Assessments typically include obtaining background history, reviewing school records, interviewing with parents, educators, and the child, spontaneous language sampling, and direct formal speech and/or language assessments.

After that, we interpret the assessment results, write a final report, and schedule a follow-up meeting with parents to review the results.

The assessment takes 2 sessions, 2-hours each, to complete. If you add psycho-educational evaluations and/or autism testing, it will add additional sessions with other clinicians.

We evaluate speech & language as young as 2 years old.

We recommend telling them that we’ll do a few activities together and ask them some questions. They just need to give their best effort.
Typically parents are not in the room for assessments.

Our comprehensive report will be ready for you within three weeks of completing all assessments and interviews.

After we finish your child’s report, we will meet with you to review it together and answer your questions. Our goal is to help your child succeed, so we provide a recommended speech therapy treatment plan.

Still Have Questions?

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Let us know how we can help. You’re welcome to fill out a form or give us a call or text at 669-282-2510

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