If you’re picturing clipboards and a tiresome tick and flick questionnaire, you’re in the wrong clinic. Assessments at TalkHQ are fun, first and foremost.
A child who is engaged and having fun gives us the best picture of your child’s development. Our assessments are a three part process. Before we sit down with your child, we chat with you, asking more specific questions about the questionnaire you’ve filled out. As their parent, you know your child best and we want you to be able to speak openly about your concerns. In the next session, your child will meet with their therapist. All speech pathology assessments look different as they’re uniquely adapted for each individual child to suit their temperament, age and stage of development. We may also utilise standardised assessments which compares your child’s development within their age group. The final part is another session with you (without your child present) where we explain the results and ensure everyone has a really solid understanding of where the breakdown is, if there is one.
The first possibility is that your child’s communication skills are developing typically. If this is the case, no follow up sessions beyond the three part assessment process will be required.
The second is that their communication skills are developing typically, just at the slower end of the scale when compared with others in their age group.
The final possibility is that the assessment may reveal a non-typical development such as a language or speech sound disorder. In both of these last two instances, we’ll set goals and come up with a therapy plan in your final assessment session. We will also talk about commitment to therapy as it’s so important to your child’s success that the whole family is fully onboard.