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Joint Assessments

(Typically Speech and Language & Occupational Therapy)

Age Range: 1-21 years

Designed for: Families

Joint assessments are typically with Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, and are beneficial for young children where families may have concerns at nursery or school. Therapists can determine your child’s underlying difficulties around attention, behaviour, regulation and general delays.

The assessment involves reviewing background information, consulting with parents and caregivers and use of formal and informal assessment tools as well as observation. Following the assessment, a joint report is prepared outlining areas of need from both professionals along with recommendations.

Joint assessments can look at:

  • Listening and focus
  • Following instructions
  • Auditory processing
  • Receptive language (e.g. following instructions, understanding words and what people are saying, etc.)
  • Expressive language (e.g. slow to start speaking, grammatical errors, limited spoken language, taking time to think of what they want to say, etc.)
  • Social skills (e.g. conversational skills, interaction with peers, playing with peers, taking turns, etc.)
  • Speech sounds (e.g. speech that is difficult to understand)
  • Stuttering/stammering (e.g. repetition of words, words feel stuck, etc.)
  • Phonological awareness (e.g. difficulty with rhyming, sound awareness, literacy, etc)
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Attention and focus
  • Coordination and movement

Our Process

Step 1

Referral information is collected from parents/carers or school by our admin team and reviewed by our specialist clinicians.

Step 2

The assessment is conducted by a skilled therapist that will utilise a range of standardised assessments, informal observations, informal discussion with parent/carer or teaching staff. Assessment tools are selected by the therapist and are delivered at an appropriate level for the child or young person to access.

Step 3

The clinicians will provide feedback and recommendations for next steps where appropriate.