After your initial meeting with your child's SLP, the SLP will evaluate your child. This evaluation is the SLP's way of finding out how your child communicates. It will help the SLP figure out where to begin with your child in speech therapy.

The SLP may give your child formal tests that provide a better idea of your child's strengths and areas that they may need more support in. There may also be an informal assessment, where the SLP observes how your child communicates during an everyday activity such as free play or during class.

Getting a Report

After the evaluation, you will receive a copy of the formal report your SLP has written. In this report, the SLP will explain how they saw your child perform, and will include any recommendations they may have for your child. If your child is receiving services through the school district, you should receive this information before your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting is set up. See the IEP section for information on IEP meetings.

Reading the Report

When you get your copy of the report, it may seem difficult to understand at first. Evaluation reports are usually very detailed, which can make them hard to read. The report might also use words to describe your child that you have never heard of before. Don't be afraid to ask the SLP what something means if you don't understand it!

The most valuable part of the report for you to read as a parent will be the summary at the end of the report. This summary, sometimes written on the report as "Impressions" or "Analysis", explains how your child performed overall in the evaluation. The summary will be followed by recommendations, where the SLP will explain what services might help support your child's communication skills.


1) Meeting the SLP

Questions the SLP may ask youQuestions to ask the SLP

2) Evaluation and Assessment

3) Speech Therapy