Why are screenings important?
Screenings help ensure a child’s skills are on track as he or she grows & promote early identification and intervention of communication disorders.
Who can benefit?
All children can benefit from having their communication skills screened by a speech-language pathologist, just as they benefit from routine screenings in other areas such as hearing & vision.
What is the difference between a screening and an evaluation?
Provided by a speech-language pathologist, screenings offer a brief assessment of a child’s communication skills in the following areas:
- voice & fluency
- social communication
- early literacy skills
Screenings are designed to proactively identify children who could benefit from additional assessment and do not confirm or deny the presence of a speech or language disorder.
An evaluation is an in-depth assessment process designed to create a profile of a child’s strengths and weaknesses across domains of speech & language and determine the presence or absence of a speech or language delay or disorder.
What happens if my child doesn’t pass his or her screening?
The purpose of a screening is to determine if additional assessment is needed and if so, in what domains. If your child does not pass his/her screening, a speech-language pathologist may:
- Make plans to monitor and re-screen a child’s speech and/or language skills at a later time
- Complete a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation
- Make recommendations for supporting a child’s communication development at home or in the classroom
- Refer a child to another professional for further assessment if weaknesses in another area is suspected