Evaluations

SPEECH

If you have concerns about how your child pronounces certain words and/or how well others understand him, an articulation evaluation is in order to analyze his speech.

We evaluate children with a combination of formal, standardized testing tools and informal observations. Plus, we analyze a spontaneous speech sample where we listen to your child in conversation and gauge how well we understand him or her.

Formal Assessments Informal Observations Apraxia Evaluations
Spontaneous Speech Analysis Speech Sound Production Analysis Overall Intelligibility Analysis

We also conduct an extensive caregiver interview to get an idea of how well family, the people who see your child regularly, as well as strangers (like the cashier at Safeway) understand your child.

We specialize in Verbal Apraxia, a motor-planning speech disorder in which a child has difficulty coordinating his mouth movements and/or sequencing sounds to produce age-level sounds and sound combinations. We will include Apraxia evaluation tools whenever we observe red flags for Apraxia during our intake process or during the evaluation itself.

LANGUAGE

We evaluate how well your child understands language, commonly known as “comprehension,” by gauging how well they follow age-level directions, comprehend age-level questions, and understand age-level vocabulary. To do this, we perform formal tests as well as analyze how your child responds during natural language interactions.

Language Comprehension Language Expression

We also evaluate how well your child expresses him or herself verbally and nonverbally. Verbal expression includes vocabulary, sentence length, grammar, and age-appropriate expression of thoughts and feelings. Nonverbal expression includes pointing, hand leading, grunting, crying, facial expressions, etc.

SOCIAL

We have experienced therapists on the team who can assess how well your child communicates socially, too. We look at a variety of verbal and nonverbal clues to determine how they’re developing amongst their peers, and to recommend what actions you can take to help them improve in the classroom, on the playground, and after school.

Verbally:

Initiating & Responding Introducing &
Sustaining Topics
Concluding &
Changing Topics

Nonverbally:

Gesturing Facial Expressions Proximity &
Eye Gaze
Reading Others’ Nonverbal Cues

For Speech, Language, and Social development assistance with a focus on family outcomes, you can trust Seven Bridges Therapy. We’re experienced therapists who treat our clients with compassion.