Clinical Services

Diagnostic Services: This procedure is usually the first step to take when a speech-langugae problem is suspected but not yet identified.

Click on any of the sections below for more information.

Screenings
A screening is a brief look at the child’s speech, language, or hearing skills and is followed by a parent consultation. This is not a diagnosis of a deficit, but is a tool used to determine if further testing is necessary. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes. Click here for information about our mass screening services (completed at childcare centers).
Evaluations
An evaluation is an in-depth analysis of communication skills. The goal of an evaluation is to determine if a deficit is present, and if there is, identify the type and severity of the deficit (e.g., moderate sound production delay) and provide a prognosis and recommendations for treatment. A complete case history is gathered through client/family interviews and review of previous testing, medical and birth histories. Evaluation of sound production, receptive and expressive language, fluency, voice and oral motor skills is completed via the use of standardized assessment tools, clinical observation and caregiver questionnaires.

    • Prior to your/your child’s appointment a packet of information regarding the evaluation will be mailed to you. Please complete the paperwork in the packet and present it when you check in for the evaluation. This will greatly speed up the evaluation process.
    • All speech/language evaluations include a hearing screening. Very young children may not be able to complete the hearing screening.  Your therapist will discuss the various options for them.
    • Testing may take between one and two hours, depending on the type of concern and the age of the client.
    • Included in the cost of the evaluation is a consultation with the therapist at the end of the session. We will attempt to have a brief written summary and diagnosis for you before you leave, but this may not be possible if you are late for your appointment or if testing takes too long. A full detailed written copy will be provided via mail.
Therapy Services

You may enroll in therapy once you have received a diagnosis here or from another facility. The therapist will review the evaluation and diagnosis and work with you to determine goals that are appropriate for you/your child. It may take a few sessions before the therapist can estimate how long therapy will last.

Thank you for your interest in Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center. We hope to have the opportunity to serve your family!