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Diagnostic Evaluation of Children with Speech Sound Disorders

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Diagnostic Evaluation of Children with Speech Sound Disorders

Raul F. Prezas, Ph.D., and Barbara W. Hodson, Ph.D., Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Wichita State University

Published online 03-19-07 in the Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network in their Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development

Diagnostic evaluation is a prime responsibility for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in communication sciences and disorders. It is important to differentiate the diagnostic evaluation (the focus of this entry) from a screening procedure, which is conducted to provide preliminary information to determine if a more comprehensive examination is needed (Bernthal & Bankson, 2004; Hodson, 2007). In the assessment of a child with a primary Speech Sound Disorder (SSD), SLPs need to consider valid data from a thorough scientific investigation. Although an evaluation typically is the first step in diagnosing a child with SSD, it is important to keep in mind that "diagnosis is ongoing." Nonetheless, the initial assessment is an essential foundation. During this evaluation process, SLPs need to incorporate evidenced-based practices.

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