Assessment of language skills

Language delays and disorders can occur in both understanding (receptive) and using (expressive) language.

I will assess their language to identify exactly where the breakdown is occurring.

This is used for children who don’t speak yet or their speech is delayed as they do not use many words or do not follow instructions.

Comprehensive assessment for expressive and receptive language includes

  • case history;
  • play skills and interaction
  • Informal assessments and observations
  • Formal assessment to evaluate sentence length and structure

Assessment may result in

  • Clearer idea of child’s language skills
  • Identification of a delay (a child is behind) or a disorder (a child is presenting with unusual features)
  • description of the characteristics and severity of the delay/disorder,
  • recommendations for intervention targets,
  • identification of factors that might contribute to the language delay/disorder,
  • diagnosis of a spoken language (listening and speaking) disorder,
  • referral to other professionals as needed.

A structured language programme can be provided as well as appropriate advice for parents and professionals working with the child.

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