What to expect when you visit the lab: Initial Speech and Language Evaluation

If you are concerned about your child's speech development and are coming in to the lab for an initial speech and language evaluation, this is what you should expect when you come to our lab in the Idaho State University - Health Sciences Center.

We schedule appointments at your convenience. We are available for after school/early evening and weekend appointments, as well as standard 9-5 appointments. Please keep in mind that parking at ISU - Meridian can be challenging. Please plan ahead so that you have plenty of time to find a parking space.

A few days before your visit, you will receive an envelope in the mail that includes the date and time of your appointment, a case history form, a campus map, and a parking permit. Please complete your child's case history form and bring it with you to your appointment. If your child has received prior speech and/or language services, please bring any information you have regarding those evaluation results and/or treatment plans. We can make copies of the paperwork, so please don't worry about bringing original information.

In our waiting area, your child can play with toys while we discuss our assessment process. You will also be asked to sign a consent form prior to the start of the evaluation.

When you feel that your child is comfortable in our lab, your child will go into one of our treatment rooms with one of our certified speech-language pathologists and/or a ISU-Meridian graduate student in speech-language pathology.

Your child will complete a variety of speech and language assessments that will provide us with a comprehensive view of his/her communication abilities. During the session, breaks will be provided for your child and often involve collecting stickers or playing games. The session will last from 30-120 minutes, depending on how cooperative your child is. Our assessments typically require up to six hours to complete. This means that you will likely need to schedule a second (or even a third) evaluation visit.

You are welcome to watch the session from our observation room, or stay in the waiting area.

Once the evaluation is complete, we will provide you with a written report of our findings. If we determine that your child would be a good fit for our speech treatment program, we will describe the treatment protocol to you. Other community-based treatment options will also be discussed.