Speech assessment is the practice of evaluating someone, particularly a child, on their ability to speak and communicate effectively. This assessment is usually conducted by a speech therapist who is qualified to do it. There are many standardized tools and criterias to measure a person’s communication skills.
Before carrying out a speech assessment, the person’s medical history should be provided alongside interviews from their family and friends. This information can reveal important facts about the patient that may have contributed to their ability to communicate. The therapist also needs to evaluate the patient’s vital and cognitive status.
After the preliminaries, the therapist can test the patient with various methods that measure someone’s ability to communicate. That way, they can pinpoint the problem areas. After the speech assessment, the therapist can deliver their findings and recommend any viable treatment options to the patient.« Back to Glossary Index