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Assessment & Diagnosis


3.0 Credit, 3 Lecture, 0 Lab


Performing evaluations and determining how assessment informs clinical decision making and intervention in communication disorders.

Clinic Policies

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the BYU Speech and Language Clinic diagnostic policies and procedures including, intake, establishing contacts with stakeholders, parent orientation, primary referral/release/legalities/ethics, and follow-up reports.


Students will demonstrate competency performing and interpreting a variety of diagnostic procedures. Students will explain what measures are designed to do, in what circumstances they should be used, how they are administered, and how they apply to a specific case. Procedures will include interviewing, standardized tests, structured and informal observation, and other tasks and probes.

Assessment Hypotheses

Students will demonstrate the ability to form, test, and revise clinical hypotheses in the assessment process including, formulating an assessment plan, selecting assessment methods, and adjusting assessment procedures as needed in the course of the evaluation.

Conclusions Based on Assessment

Students will demonstrate the ability to form and express appropriate conclusions based on information gathered in the assessment process. The process will include interpreting test measures, synthesizing information, examining data with regard to hypotheses, predicting the trajectory of development based on history and current functioning, and expressing and sharing information professionally in writing and in conferencing.

Treatment Intervention

Students will demonstrate the ability to design intervention based on diagnostic conclusions. Students will demonstrate ability to select general treatment targets, suggest appropriate treatment methods, employ ongoing assessment, and justify treatment decisions based on best practice and evidence gained from ongoing assessment.