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NOTICE: We cannot currently offer Educational Psychology services. We can provide - Cognitive Assessments, SpLD Assessments, and Dyslexia Assessments.

Expressive language assessments

Expressive language assessments look at the way language is communicated by a child or young person.

Who is suitable for an expressive language assessment?

Usually, an expressive language assessment is most suitable for children and young people who have difficulty being understood due to:

If you know a child or young person who matches the above characteristics then they are suitable for an expressive language assessment.

Expressive language assessment

A child taking part in an expressive language assessment with HSR Psychology

What are the benefits of an expressive language assessment?

The benefits which come following an expressive language assessment may vary between individuals, although common benefits include:

Through identifying needs we equip individuals with the knowledge needed to help each child and young person gain the skills they need to maximise their potential.

What happens prior to an expressive language assessment?

An expressive language assessment can be carried out following an initial discussion, please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during an expressive language assessment?

During an expressive language assessment we would look at how a child or young person communicates using their words, and compare it against their level of understanding. The assessment will involve age-appropriate comprehension, repetition and descriptive activities. Through assessing multiple areas of language we will be able to use this information for future recommendations.

Which expressive language assessments do we use?

The specific assessments used will be chosen based on the individual. The main expressive language assessments we use are:

  • ACE - Assessment of comprehension and expression provides information about language ability, and measures; verbal comprehension, expression, grammar, semantic and pragmatic knowledge
  • WIAT-III - Wechsler individual achievement test measures; oral language
  • CELF- Preschool 2 - Clinical evaluation of language fundamentals - preschool can be used with children aged 3 to 6 years old and measures; sentence structure, word structure, expressive vocabulary
  • CELF 4 - Clinical evaluation of language fundamentals measures; phonological awareness, naming, word associations, language structure, language content, language memory
  • PLS - Preschool language scales is a comprehensive developmental language assessment which assesses the following skills; pre-verbal, interaction-based skills, emerging language, early literacy
  • NRDLS - New reynell developmental language scales is used to identify speech and language delays and impairments in very young children and measures; language comprehension and production
  • Bayley - Bayley scales of infant and toddler development can be used from 4 months old and can measure language abilities

Observations and conversations with the child or young person are very useful when assessing expressive language ability.

What happens after an expressive language assessment?

Following an expressive language assessment we will be able to provide information of any strengths or difficulties an individual has with expressive language. Knowledge of expressive language will be able to guide any future input by ourselves, the school, speech and language therapists and at home.

Does an expressive language assessment come with a report?

We provide a variety of reports for various purposes upon request. Reports can be used to provide comprehensive information in relation to the results of each assessment area, for recommendations or as a brief summary of findings. Through providing a range of report options we have aimed to make our psychology services as cost effective as possible. Learn more about the reports we offer.

Expressive language assessments are used to help to identify areas of strength or difficulty in relation to speech and communication. Knowing information about how a child or young person communicates helps to guide input and increase the understanding of adults supporting them.

Arrange an initial discussion.....

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.

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  • Includes recommendation summary

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