An integral first step in obtaining effective therapy is a thorough evaluation. Diagnosis determines treatment, and this is particularly important in the case of a motor speech disorder. Children with motor speech disorders need motor-based therapy, based on the principles of motor learning, in order to make maximum progress with speech.

Our motor speech evaluations include:

  • A case history to screen for signs of motor speech disorders
  • Spontaneous speech and language sample
  • Phonetic and phonemic repertoires
  • A dynamic motor speech exam
  • A screening for non-verbal oral apraxia
  • An oral-mechanism exam
  • Articulation and/or phonological testing
  • Assessment for characteristics of CAS and dysarthria across multiple speech tasks, utilizing the Pro-CAD and/or Mayo 10+1.
  • Diagnoses of childhood apraxia of speech and dysarthria are made based on the latest research evidence, and include assessing for the presence of features of these disorders across multiple speech tasks. The dynamic motor speech exam includes multisensory cueing for speech targets with a variety of phonotactic shapes.

    Our evaluation reports, like our evaluations, are incredibly thorough and are usually 10-15 pages in length. The reports include detailed information about the data obtained during the evaluation and the evidence-based tools administered. In addition, the reports include treatment recommendations and goals.

    Language evaluations are also available, but are scheduled separately from motor speech evaluations.

    Evaluations are conducted in-person only.

    Breanna Waldrup points to her mouth in a speech therapy session with a little boy.