Speech and Language Evaluations

Speech and Language Evaluation and Treatment for Children

Anne Wallace, Clinical Instructor

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic provides services to children who are in need of developing and expanding their speech and/or language skills. These difficulties may occur alone or may be seen in conjunction with diagnoses such as Global Developmental Delay, Specific Language Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Evaluation and therapy are available for children with:

  • Language and/or speech delays
  • Language-related learning problems
  • Articulation and phonological disorders

Evaluation services include an interview, assessment, feedback and written report in order to determine and/or confirm a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and monitor progress over time.

Therapy sessions are tailored to the specific needs of each child. Clinicians use a variety of techniques and strategies to facilitate progress:

  • Individual therapy sessions give each child the personal attention he or she needs.
  • Group therapy sessions provide a realistic communication context in which children can practice newly developed skills.

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic provides evaluations for adults who are experiencing problems in communication which may be effecting school, social experiences, and / or employment. Clinical faculty who specialize in specific areas of communication including voice, fluency, aural rehabilitation and neurogenics are available as well for evaluation and ongoing treatment. (See navigation bar at left). In addition to specialty areas mentioned, adults seeking evaluation in this clinic may have difficulties in communication related to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental delay/cognitive delays
  • Learning disabilities with language delays

An evaluation includes a complete history and interview; formal and informal testing; and a conference summarizing the results of the evaluation as well as specific recommendations. A written report follows to the client detailing all aspects of the evaluation. If additional referrals are needed or direct services are deemed appropriate and desired by the client, those arrangements are facilitated by the clinical faculty.

Speech and Language Evaluation and Treatment for Adults

For adults who have acquired speech, language or cognitive-communication disorders, please visit our Neurogenic Disorders link.

This approach provides a supportive social environment with appropriate peers to assist in generalization of emerging skills. In addition to these traditional approaches, the program incorporates a variety of treatment methods, including devices to support communication from simple visual symbol systems to computer assisted learning. Clinical faculty and graduate students work closely with family members, teachers, support personnel to design a program that best facilitates the child's communication development.