Comprehensive Speech & Language Evaluation
A comprehensive speech and language evaluation is the cornerstone of a successful therapeutic program. It should encompass both formal and informal assessment, including observation, parent report, a play assessment and a language analysis. This assessment can be used to justify insurance coverage, maintain current program mandates or justify an increase in current mandated services and track improvement over time.
A typical assessment will take anywhere from 1-3 hours and may span across more than 1 day. It is usually easier if the parents are not present for the formal testing portion. You should receive the formal write-up within 2 weeks. I usually have the parents read it over first and discuss the findings before it is considered “official”.
Speech & Language Services
In a relatively short period, I had defined my therapeutic style and “leaned in” to my therapeutic niche and I was ready to make my mark in the field. I left my first job at NYC’s DOE and opened my own practice. I think, in hindsight, I was too young to be worried. All I had was me to take care of and I could live on noodles if I had to. I also began to supervise and teach on the graduate level—and I became very passionate about giving back to the field. It felt good to help up and coming SLP’s and at the same time, help clients as well. This definitely was a win-win for me and I continue to work at the graduate level today.