What is a certified Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP)?
SLPs are professionals who identify, evaluate, and treat a wide range of speech, language and swallowing disorders throughout the lifespan.
What do Speech and Language Pathologists do?
Evaluate speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive-communicative problems.
How is a speech, language, cognitive, or swallowing problem acquired?
People with communication disorders are young, old, and in-between. Their problems may have existed from birth or resulted from an illness, accident or disease.
What happens during Speech-Language, Cognitive, Swallow and Voice Evaluations?
Prior to the evaluation
A questionnaire is completed regarding your concerns and your loved one’s medical, developmental, and educational history.
We will request medical information from the child’s pediatrician or adult’s primary care physician, and may also request information from other medical or educational professionals who have evaluated the child. The appropriate referral and authorization forms will be given ahead of time to collect information.
Your loved one’s medical, developmental, and educational history is carefully reviewed. Parents or caregivers are interviewed regarding their concerns and the patient’s history. This information helps the Speech-Language Pathologist identify areas to evaluate more closely.
A variety of methods, including formal and informal tests, observation, parent/caregiver interview, and activities will be used to evaluate your loved one’s speech, language, cognition, swallowing and voice. Selection of testing methods is based on individual needs.
Initial results of the evaluation and recommendations are reviewed with you and the patient (and child, if age appropriate). A written report detailing evaluation results will be mailed to your home and to your child’s physician (if requested)
What is a Treatment Plan?
A treatment plan is an individualized plan created by the Speech-Language Pathologist to address your child’s speech, language, cognitive, swallowing and/or voice needs.
The plan may include:
Recommendations for therapy or re-screening/re-evaluation at a later time
Initial goals to address during therapy
Referrals to other professionals (i.e., audiologist, medical specialist, occupational/physical therapist, etc…)
Referral to other community services, such as an early intervention program
Suggestions for parents/caregivers and educator
How do I make a speech therapy referral?
To make a referral for a Speech-Language-Cognitive Evaluation, or Swallow Evaluation please call Summit Speech Therapy at 214-518-5777 or use our contact form.