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Evaluations and testing services

The SMart Center specializes in testing mute children and teens with our specifically trained clinicians and research based approaches.

WHY specialized testing for children with Selective Mutism?
Our research and clinical experience at the SMart Center tells us that many children and teens with SM have 'additional' reasons that contribute to a child's social communication difficulties and/or mutism. And in most cases, this is why SM continues or minimally improves.  To help a child overcome SM and social communication difficulties, we need to understand the child.   Most professionals find it quite challenging to test a child who 'does not talk' and who often shuts down and does not participate in testing.  Therefore if unable to test a child, than how can we determine if additional challenges are present. We understand. This is our specialty.

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In addition to our S-CAT® Program evaluation, below is a list of specialized testing that we offer at the SMart Center:

Speech & Language Evaluation

The SMart Center offers comprehensive speech and language evaluations conducted by certified and licensed speech-language pathologists tailored for children with social communication challenges from preschool through high school years.

This evaluation includes standardized and informal measures to appropriately assess the oral mechanism, speech sound articulation, speech production during co-articulation, receptive and expressive language (understanding language and expressing oneself at an age-appropriate level involving semantics, syntax, morphology, and/or pragmatic language), voice (pitch, quality, and loudness), and fluency of speech (rate and rhythm). The series of assessment tools vary depending on the individualized needs of the child. All testing is conducted by an ASHA certified and PA licensed speech-language pathologist.

The speech-language pathologists at the SMart Center are well qualified to properly assess children's speech and language skills. They hold a Master's or Doctoral degree and have many years of experience treating children with speech-language needs, including those with Selective Mutism. All speech-language pathologists at the SMart Center have experience working with children who have selective mutism and know how to evaluate and engage those with social communication disorders.

Typically involves 3-4 hours of testing. 

Psychoeducational Evaluation

Designed for children and adolescents who are having difficulties at school, this evaluation helps determine whether a child needs (or continues to need) special education and related services. Additionally, this evaluation helps to pinpoint the specific problems that are contributing to academic difficulties so that appropriate interventions can be identified. The evaluation includes a comprehensive clinical interview and developmental history, review of records, measures of intellectual functioning and academic achievement, social-emotional screening measures, a psychoeducational report, and a feedback sessions.

Typically involves 4-6 hours of testing.

Neuropsychological Evaluation

This comprehensive evaluation is designed for school-age children, adolescents, and adults to help identify areas of neuropsychological strength and weakness.  This evaluation assesses multiple areas of functioning in order to provide a thorough picture of an individuals cognitive functioning.  All neuropsychological evaluations include a comprehensive clinical interview, developmental history, review of records, measures of intellectual functioning, a neuropsychological report, and a feedback session.  In addition, neuropsychological evaluations typically include assessment of the following areas of functioning (may vary depending on the age or level of functioning of the individual): language and verbal reasoning, nonverbal and visual-spatial reasoning, attention, executive functioning, memory and learning, fine motor and visual-motor integration skills, and social-emotional functioning. 

Typically involves 6-8 hours of testing.

For information on fees for above services as well as research-based treatment opportunities in conjunction with treatment evaluations, please contact us.
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