What to expect:

The parent or guardian will complete a case history form. The speech-language pathologist (SLP) will meet with the child for their evaluation. The evaluation will assess receptive/expressive communication, play interactions, pragmatic skills, fluency, feeding/swallowing, and voice. 

Many parents hope an SLP can identify a communication disorder during the first visit, but sometimes a further analysis and careful review takes more time. The SLP will contact parents once the analysis is complete. Following the evaluation, the SLP will provide family with strategies and resources to better help their child. 

Common speech-language-feeding disorders include: 

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Dysarthria

  • Aphasia

  • Speech Sound Disorders (articulation impairment)

  • Stuttering (fluency disorder)

  • Voice 

  • Receptive/Expressive Language 

  • Selective Mutism 

  • Late talker

  • Reading difficulties

  • Dyslexia

  • Feeding difficulties 

  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders 

  • Tongue tie and/or lip tie

Common medical conditions treated include: 

  • ADHD

  • Down Syndrome 

  • Stroke/CVA

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Delayed milestones

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PEDIATRIC INITIAL EVALUATION