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Assessment of children with SLCN

There are a wealth of speech and language therapy (SLT) assessments used widely by speech and language therapists to asses pupils in clinic and school settings.

It is important to remember that while formal and standardised tests have a very important role, they should not be used in isolation. A fully comprehensive assessment of a pupil will include:

  • Involvement of the child, young person and family
  • Informal measures such as observation, discussion, questionnaires, checklists
  • Account taken of a range of contexts: the classroom, playground and home as well as clinical setting – to ensure that children’s functional communication ability is judged

Here we provide a summary of the most commonly used SLT assessments including information about the age range they cover and the areas of language they assess.

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