When a child is referred to see a Speech Pathologist, it is typically because the parent or another important person in that child’s life (e.g. a relative or a teacher) is concerned about the child’s communication skills. A comprehensive assessment allows the speech pathologist to gain insight into the child’s strengths, interests and any areas requiring further development. Each assessment is individualised based on: the child’s age; linguistic background; any previous diagnoses; background history and the concerns, values and priorities of the child and their family. An assessment involves more than just ‘testing’ the child. We collect valuable information about the child through interviews, questionnaires, observations and rating scales, to name a few methods.