Tips for Parents: Speech Evaluations

by FS&TS

By Alysse Zittnan, MA/CCC-SLP

1. Letting therapists know of any specific preferences or things to avoid is helpful to identify upon transitioning your child to testing. (i.e.: Loves skittles, sensitive to loud noises, or puts small objects in mouth) 

2. Remember your input on speech and language concerns is a vital part of an evaluation. You know your child best.

3. The more information you can give up front about your child the better! Examples are always useful.

4. If you do sit in on their evaluation, please hold your questions until the end, and refrain from providing cues to your child. In order to get a valid score, we need to see how one answers without prompts in a distraction-free environment. 

5. Be mindful of your body language and tone upon entering the lobby. If you are upbeat and calm, your child will be more apt to respond positively to the new setting.

6. If your child is receiving school-based or specialized services, please bring in a copy of their recent Individualized Education Plan and/or evaluations.