Assessment, treatment and prevention of communication disorders
1) Speech evaluation:
Oral speech mechanism examination including: breathing, voicing, articulating and resonating structures and their functions. Specific evaluation of fluency, resonance/voice and swallowing habits. As a second step, specific planning and individual treatment are then designed.
2) Oral communication skills:
Assessment of pragmatic (non-verbal skills), semantic and syntactic skills. Assessment of form, content and use of language. Assessment of conversational abilities, understanding language deficiencies in the receptive or expressive area. Evaluation and description of dysfluencies.
In addition, specific planning and individual treatment are then designed.
3) Oral and written language assessment:
Psycholinguistic approach designed to measure and compare oral and written language abilities that can be a first step in addressing potential academic difficulties. As a second step, specific planning and individual treatment are then designed.
4) Auditory processing evaluation:
Assessment of the integrityof the auditory system from the external ear to the auditory cortex.
For children below 6 years - evaluation of auditory functions with formal and informal tests.
For children above 6 years – specific standardized tests