Interaction based assessment of each child’s communicative competence (skills, style & challenges in communicating effectively with others. Ruth utilised Teletherapy to talk with you informally about whether to proceed with an assessment. If an assessment is required then the next step will be a detailed parental interview followed by interaction-based evaluation of your child’s communication. The exact format and approach will be agreed following the ‘conversational consultation’.
Assessment Process at a Glance:
- Using Teletherapy in Everyday Life.
- Evaluation of your child’s communication skills/style during interactions at home
- In depth “Conversational Consultaion” with parent/s
- Analysis of Communication Needs
- Recommendations for Therapy Options
- Report for Multi-Professional Diagnostic Process (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
- Communication Profile for planning practical intervention
Parents as Partners ethos
Assessment always takes a ‘Parents as Partners’ approach. Ruth’s approach is child centred with family members (and any supportive carers in an educational setting) being seen as a vital part of each child’s ‘Communication Team’. This approach continues into therapy when designing a Communication Development Plan.
Supportive Conversation & Guidance
Sometimes parents just need to talk and consider their child’s needs and whether they need additional support to that provided at school or clinic. In this situation Ruth will give guidance and recommendations around how you proceed and an observational evaluation will not necessary at this point.
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