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Assessment - The First Step!

We do Speech-Language assessments for,

  • Autism and/or ADHD

  • Receptive and/or Expressive Language age

  • Feeding issues like picky eaters, fussy feeders

  • Oral-Motor Assessments

  • Apraxia of Speech

  • Social Skills Deficits

  • Pronunciation Deficits / Misarticulation

  • Voice Problems

  • Stuttering/ Stammering

  • Auditory Processing Issues

  • Poor Grammar/ Syntax

  • Poor Narration Skills

Why we do Assessments: Assessment is the first step for the clinician to interact with the child first-hand in the presence of his/her care-givers. We evaluate the child’s communication skills, play skills, auditory processing, oral motor skills and feeding (few of the assessment domains). It helps us evaluate the child’s communication domains objectively and understand family dynamics during communication interactions so that we not only offer therapy to the child but rather intervention (Intensive focused family participation) to the family.

How different is your Assessment (Ax) from a Pediatrician/ Psychologists evaluation? Magpie assessment is from a therapy/ intervention goals point of view. Assessment done by a different professional / organization will not provide us with the information which we need to plan our goals, measure success and predict outcomes for the child.

Outcomes of Assessments:

  1. Goal Setting

  2. Establishing Baseline for the child  so that a review can be done every 3 months to decide the next set of goals 

  3. Deciding on the IEP and number of sessions / Hours of therapy per week

  4. Changes needed in the Parent interaction style 

  5. Decide on candidacy for additional services likes OT, Group sessions etc.


Speech & Language Assessments:

MAGPIE has developed a proprietary assessment tool kit called the D.A.P. (Dynamic Assessment Profile). This framework is based on, child observation and identifies the pre-requisite skills and core skills for an effective prognosis. The assessment is child-friendly yet objective. Areas like Attention, Following instructions, Sentence formation, conversation skills and oral motor skills (to name a few), are evaluated in detail. The parent contributes in the evaluation process actively as a observer and participant. At the same time it also taps into the child's learning potential and is highly interactive and process oriented. For more information on Dynamic Assessment Protocols, You can refer the American Speech & Hearing Association (A.S.H.A.) for more information on Dynamic Assessments.

Dyn.A.Pro. +

Speech, Language & Social Skills Assessment in Adolescence:

In addition to DynAPro, This module is specially curated to suit the needs of tweens and teens who need help with Social skills like Conversations, Friendships, Emotional stability and Story-telling or advanced concepts to identify the areas that need to be targeted for effective intervention. The domains of DynAPro+ are also backed by standardized test CELF-5 so that age specific delays in language domains can be tracked.  All the domains of the DynAPro+ are either related to social skills, conversation abilities , friendship and executive function abilities ( important for success in life skills like independent living, self organization, academics, self advocacy and emotional stability). 


Feeding & Oral Motor Assessment ToolKit:

Deficits in Feeding/ eating and Speech skills needs a specialized approach. They may co-exist in a child or occur independently. With varied approaches and techniques available in this area, we tailor-make the assessment to the child/ family's needs/ concerns. Our FeedORA module is designed with a unique blend that contains tried & tested international techniques and our proprietary approaches to help assess the extent of therapy needed to overcome an problem statement. We have divided this module into data domains to give you a multi dimensional view of which areas need attention vs areas that are already present in the child. With the sole purpose of effective speech and feeding skills,  thereby ensuring our intervention is more effective and progress oriented.


Fluency Articulation Module:

Magpie has developed this module for assessing stuttering and speech/ pronunciation errors for our pediatric clients in a more objective data oriented manner. It is based on the principles of international classification of functioning disability and health (given by World health organization). This module assesses the child’s error patterns along with considering the child’s personality type and family support dynamics so that recent advances in intervention and innovative therapy techniques can be implemented.


Fidelity for A.A.C. Tracking:

F.A.A.C.T. is an evaluation tool developed at Magpie Speech Therapy to identify and differentiate developmental, communication, Vocabulary, Infrastructure and Adherence domains wrt the Child, Family and AAC system readiness for AAC success and maintainance.This tool aids in appropriate selection of Alternative Augmentative communication wrt Individualised Vocabulary Selection, Replicated Mapping & Child- Family compact targets. Multi-Modal intervention is considered at every stage to make sure Communication is augmented and synced with Alternative forms. Guided progression analysis is carried with data tracked every 8 sessions so that steps can be taken to revise the intervention program. This tool also supports Beginner AAC user Families to comprehend the process and simplify its implementation.



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