Rachel conducts comprehensive evaluations to thoroughly assess the many aspects of how a child processes and produces speech and language and diagnoses a variety of communication disorders based on an in depth analysis of information collected during the evaluation process and what is generally expected for their age.
A comprehensive speech-language evaluation includes:
- A review of your child’s history, including medical status, education, linguistic backgrounds and information from your child’s teachers and other related service providers
- Parent interviews
- A full review of other relevant medical, cognitive and educational testing
- Standardized measures of specific aspects of speech articulation, comprehension of spoken and non-spoken language, play skills and social language use, and expressive language/ narrative language
- Analysis of a language sample collected during play, a conversational exchange or during story telling
- Identification of intervention strategies based on identified areas of weakness
- A comprehensive written report identifying factors contributing to your child’s difficulties, areas of strengths, weaknesses and recommendations for intervention
- Follow-up services to monitor communication and ensure appropriate intervention and support when speech, language and social communication difficulties are identified
When indicated, Rachel works collaboratively with colleagues who are experts in the field of neuropsychology to conduct a more comprehensive evaluation of a child’s global cognitive development, including intellectual abilities, academic skills, memory, attention functioning and motor skills.