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Receptive language assessments

Receptive language assessments look at the way language is understood, or perceived by a child or young person. We provide receptive language assessments for children and young people up to age 25.

Who is suitable for a receptive language assessment?

Children and young people who cause concerns over their listening or understanding would be most suitable for a receptive language assessment. These children and young people have no medical hearing problems and usually:

If any of the above characteristics sound like a child or young person you know then they are suitable for a receptive language assessment.

Receptive language assessment

A child taking part in a receptive language assessment with HSR Psychology

What are the benefits of a receptive language assessment?

The benefits of a receptive language assessment can be seen through:

Through understanding and addressing areas of need, children and young people can be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.

What happens prior to a receptive language assessment?

A receptive 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 a receptive language assessment?

During a receptive language assessment we will ask the individual to complete a number of tasks and follow instructions to assess their understanding and comprehension. We use the most appropriate assessment for the child or young person’s age and ability.

Which receptive language assessments do we use?

The specific assessments used will be chosen based on the individual and their developmental age. The receptive language assessments we use most often are:

  • ACE - Assessment of comprehension and expression - provides information about language ability, and measures; verbal comprehension, grammar, semantic and pragmatic knowledge
  • NRDLS - New reynell developmental language scales help to identify speech and language delays and impairments in very young children and measures language comprehension
  • YARC - York assessment of reading for comprehension can be used with school aged children and young people and is a diagnostic reading assessment
  • WIAT-III - Wechsler individual achievement test can be used to assess receptive language as it measures; comprehension and fluency
  • CELF- Preschool 2 - Clinical evaluation of language fundamentals - preschool measures receptive language through; sentence recall, phonological awareness, following directions
  • CELF 4 - Clinical evaluation of language fundamentals, measures; phonological awareness, word associations, language structure, language content and language memory
  • TROG-2 - Test for reception of grammar can be used with children from age 4 and it measures the understanding of grammatical contrasts
  • TALC - Test of abstract language comprehension assesses the level of abstract language a child understands

There are also informal ways to assess receptive language and these will be discussed before the assessment takes place if appropriate.

What happens after a receptive language assessment?

After a receptive language assessment we will be able to provide information in relation to how an individual perceives and understands language and communication. This information can be used to guide further assessments, interventions or adapt any communication strategies already in place. If the assessment shows that a child or young person would benefit from input by a speech and language therapist then we would discuss this with you.

Does a receptive language assessment come with a report?

A report can be requested following a receptive language assessment. Reports can be useful for sharing information with professionals and health care practitioners, including speech and language therapists. Reports can be used to provide a summary of our findings, or for a complete analysis of our findings and recommendations for the future. Read more about our reports.

A receptive language assessment identifies areas of strengths and needs in relation to understanding language. We advise having an up to date hearing check prior to this assessment, as it is possible that a hearing difficulty would cause similar characteristics.

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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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