What kind of evaluations do you do?
I perform comprehensive evaluations, which include both formal and informal assessment measures, based on your individual needs. This helps me identify areas of strengths and weaknesses within home, school or professional environments, and allows me to create personalized and functional therapy plans or training programs. Recommendations may include individual or group treatment/training as well as specific home activities to maximize carryover of learned or re-learned skills.
What if my adolescent child was evaluated through the schools and did not qualify for services?
Some of my adolescent clients include bright learners who have undergone prior assessment, yet did not qualify for skilled speech therapy services within the school setting. Despite falling “within functional limits”, their weaknesses with executive function and/or communication skills continue to impact their ability to consistently meet academic demands.
What conditions do you assess?
Mend Speech Therapy serves, but is not limited to, the following conditions:
- Apraxia (acquired)
- Cognitive-Communication Disorders
- Executive Dysfunction
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
What kinds of skills will you be assessing?
In general terms, a speech-language pathologist will test your speech, language, thinking and swallowing skills. This includes how you:
- Understand words, questions, directions, and stories.
- Say words and sentences. The SLP will ask you to name objects, describe pictures, and answer questions.
- Read and write. The SLP will have you write letters, words, and sentences. You will also read short stories and answer questions about them.
- Find other ways to share your ideas when you have trouble talking. This may include pointing or using other gestures and drawing pictures.
- How well you recall information, solve problems, attend to information, organize, plan and execute.
- How well you can move your mouth, lips, and tongue and how you breathe. She will listen to how your speech sounds in single words, sentences, and conversation.
- Your social skills and see how aware you are of the problems you have.
- How well you chew and swallow, if that is a problem for you.
What if I have already had a recent evaluation?
The initial evaluation may be waived if the patient has already completed a speech therapy evaluation for the same diagnosis in the past 6 months, and/or if the patient is currently in speech therapy and is transferring from a different therapist.
Do you assess ADHD?
ADHD is diagnosed by your doctor, with input from the family and other professionals. These professionals include the following:
- speech-language pathologists (SLPs)
- regular, special education, and resource teachers
- employers (when applicable)
Assessments by the SLP may include some or all of the following:
- Observing the interactions with peers and authority figures in the classroom/work setting and during formal testing
- Evaluating the ability to explain or retell a story, centering on a topic and chaining a sequence of events together
- Assessing social communication skills (pragmatic language)
- Assessing the ability to plan, organize, and attend to details