Testing for Speech-Language Therapy and Reading Programs
Before therapy, each student will participate in an initial evaluation. The speech, language and reading testing usually takes about one to one and a half hours. At the evaluation the speech therapist will schedule a time for parents to come for a follow up consultation receive the test report and discuss the findings. This is also a time to discuss the student's goals for therapy and what students and their families can expect regarding our services. For our private pay families, this consulatation is included in the cost of the evaluation.
A typical evaluation may include information about the student's:
• speech development
• language comprehension
• language expression
• phonemic awareness, including auditory conceptualization
• reading decoding
• reading comprehension, including concept imagery
• reading grade level
In addition, our speech therapist often includes informal assessment measures to further assess where a student is with a particular developmental skill. Informal assessments also evaluate a student's learning style and help determine which types of cues a student responds best to. Our speech therapist will use knowledge from the testing to determine the student's individualized goals and which programs your child would most benefit from.
Each student will have individualized short and long term goals which will be updated in a monthly report for parents and the student's doctor. Reports may also be e-mailed or faxed to the student's teachers or other therapists upon request.
Students typically receive therapy once or twice weekly for 45 minute sessions. Parents are welcome to observe sessions and ask questions. Our therapy and reading programs drastically improve student's skills, and we always have high expectations for our students. The use of multi-sensory instruction is key to this process. Our therapeutic approach helps a child change the way he or she perceives, or thinks about sounds and language.
Speech therapy and reading instruction is provided by a certified speech-language pathologist (speech therapist).
Dallas Reading and Language Services
Rachel Betzen MA, CCC-SLP
1005 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 306
Dallas, TX 75208