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What can you expect at your first appointment?

Where will your child be seen?

In most cases, the assessment will take place at the health unit office. It may also be offered at your child's daycare or school. You, as the child's parent or caregiver, are required to attend to initial assessment.

Who will see your child?

The speech-language pathologist will conduct the initial assessment and re-assessments.

What to bring?

All you need to bring is your child. You are welcome to bring one of your child's favorite books or games but we have lots to keep them busy. If forms were sent to you when the assessment was booked, please remember to bring them with you.

What will happen during assessment?

During the assessment, the speech-language pathologist will look at your child's:

  • understanding
  • use of language
  • sound use
  • fluency (stuttering)
  • voice
  • play skills
  • early literacy

We will do this through playing with your child, looking at books and pictures together, and using a variety of games/toys to get a good sense of what your child can do. We will also be asking you, the child's caregiver, about what you see in the home so that we can have an overall picture of your child's communication skills.

What will happen after the assessment?

Following the assessment, the speech-language pathologist will discuss the results with you. Together we will then develop a treatment plan for your child. Before you leave, the speech-language pathologist will review some strategies and recommendations to help you at home. Don't forget your sticker!

See "intervention services"