Speech, language and communication relates to how an individual communicates and understands others. Speech, language and communication assessments explore both expressive and receptive language.
An expressive language assessment looks at how an individual conveys information, which could be through words, gestures and facial expressions. A receptive language assessment will look at how an individual interprets and understands the communication of others’ words, gestures and facial expressions.
An individual’s needs relate to areas of difficulty within speech, language and communication. Speech, language and communication needs can be a combination of the skills and techniques an individual uses to communicate and understand, or an isolated aspect. Each child and young person with speech, language and communication needs will have their own strengths and challenges which we identify during our assessment.
Speech, language and communication needs can include:
Speech, language and communication needs are usually identified during childhood which facilitates early intervention. Our experienced team of psychologists are able to work with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs between the ages of 0-25.
[We] would expect 5-7% of all children to have specific speech, language and communication needs. However, we know primary schools only identify 2.3% of their population as having primary SLCN [speech, language and communication needs] overall, and secondary schools identify a worrying 0.7%. So, at every stage of schooling, there are opportunities to continue to identify those pupils whose SLCN are likely to affect their outcomes.
We provide a broad range of speech, language and communication assessments including:
Phonological assessments look at phonological processing and can be used with students who have EAL or dyslexia.
Receptive language assessments look at how language is understood and interpreted.
Social communication and social skills assessments look at verbal and non-verbal language, including social gestures and cues.
Educational and child psychologists and speech and language therapists can carry out speech, language and communication assessments. We have in house speech and language therapists and depending on the child or young person we are assessing, one of our speech and language therapists may lead the assessment. Speech and language therapists assess speech, language and communication in order to improve communication. Educational and child psychologists assess speech, language and communication and use the results to support the child or young person’s learning.
Speech, language and communication assessments will be chosen depending on the individual, their circumstances and what aspect of language or communication is being assessed. Our specialist team of psychologists are able to use a variety of speech, language and communication assessments, including:
During our initial discussion we will discuss your needs and choose the appropriate speech, language and communication assessment. If you require a specific speech, language and communication assessment which is not listed above then please contact us.
After a speech, language and communication assessment, the option to purchase a written report is available which can be used within the home and education settings. We will review the results of the assessment and discuss with you the possibilities for using this information in the future. To support a collaborative approach to special educational needs and disabilities we would be happy to liaise with external professionals working with the child or young person. If a referral to a different professional, such as a speech and language therapist, is appropriate then we will assist you wherever possible, possibly through our in house speech and language therapists. It could be that an intervention is suggested as the next step, and in this case school staff, parents or carers and our team can all work together to achieve the best outcome for the individual child or young person. Read more about our reports and interventions.
Speech, language and communication assessments provide detailed information about specific aspects of speech, language and communication. Our educational and child psychologists look at the areas affected and possible underlying reasons to guide future support and provision.
Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £300.