Speech and Language Assessments


New Paths to Communication

Speech and Language Assessments


 
“The child begins to perceive the world not only through his eyes but also through his speech

- Lev Vygotsky


From the moment children are born the complex process of language development begins as children are exposed to the language that surrounds them. As infants and toddlers, they begin to understand language and how to use it in order to have their needs met and to socially engage with others. Throughout their school years, children use language in their academics, social relationships, and adaptive living skills in order to organize and communicate ideas, connect new concepts and existing knowledge, and engage in social problem solving. Difficulties in these areas may suggest that specific language needs are impacting a child’s, adolescent’s, or young adult’s academics, social, emotional, and behavioural performance.

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New Paths to Communication

Speech and Language Assessments


“The child begins to perceive the world not only through his eyes but also through his speech

- Lev Vygotsky


From the moment children are born the complex process of language development begins as children are exposed to the language that surrounds them. As infants and toddlers, they begin to understand language and how to use it in order to have their needs met and to socially engage with others. Throughout their school years, children use language in their academics, social relationships, and adaptive living skills in order to organize and communicate ideas, connect new concepts and existing knowledge, and engage in social problem solving. Difficulties in these areas may suggest that specific language needs are impacting a child’s, adolescent’s, or young adult’s academics, social, emotional, and behavioural performance.

Signs & Symptoms of Language or Communication Difficulties

  • Limited or no words in comparison to other children their age

  • Difficulty learning new words

  • Speaks in short sentences

  • Difficulty following instructions

  • Difficulty understanding what others are saying

  • Experiences frustration due to inability to express thoughts

  • Difficulty retelling events in a coherent manner

  • Confuses pronouns, verb tenses, or omits key words

  • Pronounces words incorrectly

  • Difficulty expressing ideas in writing tasks


Signs & Symptoms of Language or Communication Difficulties

  • Limited or no words in comparison to other children their age

  • Difficulty learning new words

  • Speaks in short sentences

  • Difficulty following instructions

  • Difficulty understanding what others are saying

  • Experiences frustration due to inability to express thoughts

  • Difficulty retelling events in a coherent manner

  • Confuses pronouns, verb tenses, or omits key words

  • Pronounces words incorrectly

  • Difficulty expressing ideas in writing tasks

At the New Path Child & Adolescent Psychology Centre, we provide comprehensive Speech and Language Assessments to assist you in understanding your child’s receptive (the understanding of words, sentences and meaning of what others are saying) and their expressive language (the use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning to others) abilities and how they are impacting their communication, social, emotional, behavioural and academic performance. Our comprehensive Speech and Language Assessments are used to determine your child’s:


  • Vocabulary development

  • Receptive and expressive language skills

  • Sentence structure

  • Working memory and memory abilities

  • Understanding of concepts and directions
  • Articulation

  • Narrative production

  • Reasoning and inferencing

  • Social pragmatic language

  • Fluency skills

At the New Path Child & Adolescent Psychology Centre, we provide comprehensive Speech and Language Assessments to assist you in understanding your child’s receptive (the understanding of words, sentences and meaning of what others are saying) and their expressive language (the use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning to others) abilities and how they are impacting their communication, social, emotional, behavioural and academic performance. Our comprehensive Speech and Language Assessments are used to determine your child’s:


  • Vocabulary development

  • Receptive and expressive language skills

  • Sentence structure

  • Working memory and memory abilities

  • Understanding of concepts and directions
  • Articulation

  • Narrative production

  • Reasoning and inferencing

  • Social pragmatic language

  • Fluency skills

Our Process

What Are The Benefits Of A Speech and Language Assessment?

A Speech and Language Assessment will:

  • Determine language and communication strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify the underlying language needs impacting learning challenges
  • Identify the underlying language needs impacting social and emotional performance
  • Provide recommendations and strategies to improve communication, academic, social and emotional performance within home and school settings
  • Provides the documentation needed to receive educational supports and accommodations within the School Board
  • Provide academic accommodations at the university or college
What Is The Process Of A Speech and Language Assessment?

At the New Path Psychology Centre, we are passionate about providing every child, adolescent, and young adult with the ability to create new paths that contribute to their communication, academic, social, behavioural, and emotional growth.

Our Speech and Language assessments are divided into 1-2 sessions:

Session 1:
Collecting Information & Developmental History
Session 2:
Testing, Feedback & Recommendations
Session 1: Collecting Information & Developmental History

The first session involves:

  • Reviewing privacy policy, confidentiality laws, and obtaining your consent
  • Collecting information about your child’s early and current developmental history, medical history, receptive, expressive, academic, behavioural ad emotional functioning via an in-depth interview.
At your first session, please provide us with any relevant reports by other professionals (i.e. Doctors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists). Please also provide us with your child’s report cards.

Estimated Duration:
1.5 to 2 hours
Session 2: Testing, Feedback & Recommendations

The second session involves:

  • Interaction with your child to assess spoken language through play and conversations.
  • Structured measures where your child will be asked to point to pictures and respond to questions.
In the final session, we review the results of the comprehensive Speech and Language assessment and outline your child’s strengths and areas of need. However, in some cases, the results may require further analysis and a separate feedback visit may be required. Recommendations of how to support these identified challenges are reviewed and discussed.

We will explain how these strategies and recommendations can be implemented in the home and school settings.

You will be provided with the opportunity to provide feedback about the assessment process and ask questions about the results, application of recommendations and future implications. You will receive a copy of the assessment report.

Estimated Duration:
1.5 to 2 hours

Our Process

What Are The Benefits Of A Speech and Language Assessment?

A Speech and Language Assessment will:

  • Determine language and communication strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify the underlying language needs impacting learning challenges
  • Identify the underlying language needs impacting social and emotional performance
  • Provide recommendations and strategies to improve communication, academic, social and emotional performance within home and school settings
  • Provides the documentation needed to receive educational supports and accommodations within the School Board
  • Provide academic accommodations at the university or college
What Is The Process Of A Speech and Language Assessment?

At the New Path Psychology Centre, we are passionate about providing every child, adolescent, and young adult with the ability to create new paths that contribute to their communication, academic, social, behavioural, and emotional growth.

Our Speech and Language assessments are divided into 1-2 sessions:

Session 1:
Collecting Information & Developmental History
Session 2:
Testing, Feedback & Recommendations
Session 1: Collecting Information & Developmental History

The first session involves:

  • Reviewing privacy policy, confidentiality laws, and obtaining your consent
  • Collecting information about your child’s early and current developmental history, medical history, receptive, expressive, academic, behavioural ad emotional functioning via an in-depth interview.
At your first session, please provide us with any relevant reports by other professionals (i.e. Doctors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists). Please also provide us with your child’s report cards.

Estimated Duration:
1.5 to 2 hours
Session 2: Testing, Feedback & Recommendations

The second session involves:

  • Interaction with your child to assess spoken language through play and conversations.
  • Structured measures where your child will be asked to point to pictures and respond to questions.
In the final session, we review the results of the comprehensive Speech and Language assessment and outline your child’s strengths and areas of need. However, in some cases, the results may require further analysis and a separate feedback visit may be required. Recommendations of how to support these identified challenges are reviewed and discussed.

We will explain how these strategies and recommendations can be implemented in the home and school settings.

You will be provided with the opportunity to provide feedback about the assessment process and ask questions about the results, application of recommendations and future implications. You will receive a copy of the assessment report.

Estimated Duration:
1.5 to 2 hours

Schedule An Assessment

 
To better understand your child’s receptive and expressive language abilities, and develop a new path to more effective communication, expression of thoughts, ideas, and feelings, contact us to schedule a Speech and Language assessment.

Schedule An Assessment

 
To better understand your child’s receptive and expressive language abilities, and develop a new path to more effective communication, expression of thoughts, ideas, and feelings, contact us to schedule a Speech and Language assessment.