At Brain & Language Connections we use an extensive range of the most up-to-date assessment tools to thoroughly evaluate your child's strengths and weaknesses. Our assessments determine the root cause of your child’s behaviours, rather than only identifying the symptoms. It is through this type of assessment process, that therapy can be specifically designed to address the underlying core weaknesses.
What can I expect at the assessment?
All assessments are completed by a qualified and experienced therapist. The length of an initial assessment depends on the child and the presenting problem. While a speech/articulation assessment is generally completed in one session, more comprehensive assessments take between two and three sessions to complete.
A parent or caregiver’s perspective plays a critical part in the assessment process. You may be asked to complete a questionnaire and/or rating scale either at the time of the assessment, or prior to it. The questionnaire will provide the therapist with additional background information about your child's strengths and weaknesses. Copies of relevant reports (i.e. psychologist, teacher, paediatrician) may also be requested. All of these factors are important in gaining a clear perspective of your child's skills, in order to provide the most effective therapy program.
Areas of assessment & therapy
What happens after the assessment?
Once the assessment has been completed, a time will be arranged to discuss the report with you. At this post-assessment consultation, assessment results, strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for therapy and/or programs will be discussed.
Copies of the report can also be sent to your child’s GP, school or other professionals at your request and authorisation. We are happy to consult with teachers and other specialists working with your child, as needed. Further testing by other professionals (i.e. psychologist, audiologist or occupational therapist etc.) may be recommended.
What if my child has already had an assessment?
If your child has undergone a specific assessment (e.g. speech, language, literacy etc.) within the past 6-12 months, these assessment results will take into consideration. It may be recommended however, that we administer one or two specific tests in order to provide us with additional information to assist in our recommendations.