Specialty programs & tests

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, our speech and language program provides evaluation and treatment services. Whether your child is staying at Children’s or just needs to be seen in our offices, we can help.

Specialty programs

We offer six specialty programs to help diagnose your child’s hearing or speech problems and come up with a treatment plan that will best address those problems. Our specialty programs include:

Tests

Our specialists perform a number of tests to assess speech & hearing disorders. The tests we’ll recommend for your child will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Your child’s age
  • Your child’s signs and symptoms
  • Any previous test results you have

Hearing tests

If you or your child’s doctor suspect hearing problems, we can perform a number of tests to help evaluate possible hearing loss. Those tests may include:

  • Immittance testing
  • Visual reinforcement audiometry
  • Conditioned play audiometry
  • Bone conduction testing

Learn more about hearing tests in our frequently asked questions section.

Auditory processing disorder tests

If we evaluate your child for auditory processing disorders, he or she may undergo tests with our team. The following specialists and tests are examples of what your child might need.

An audiologist may test:

  • For hearing loss
  • To learn whether both ears are working together to process sounds
  • How your child’s brain interprets sound when the sound is distorted, such as when there is background noise

A speech-language pathologist may determine whether your child can:

  • Make speech sounds
  • Understand and use vocabulary
  • Understand and use sentences and grammar
  • Remember what has been said
  • Put sentences together to express thoughts and ideas (speaking and writing)

Psychologists may review your child’s:

  • Intelligence
  • Attention
  • Behavior
  • Memory

Learn more about auditory processing disorders.

Audiology tests and services

Audiology (hearing) tests may be provided as part of your child’s thorough evaluation. Our audiology program services at Children’s include:

  • Age-appropriate hearing evaluations, using games and toys to understand whether a child has hearing loss
  • Universal newborn hearing screening
  • Natural sleep and sedated auditory brainstem response evaluations to determine hearing levels or for diagnosis
  • Monitoring for damage to the ear, often by medications
  • Auditory processing evaluations, which determine if a child recognizes and understands sounds
  • Hearing aid evaluations, fitting and orientation, including digital technology

Learn more about the audiology program at Children’s.

Saliva control problem tests

If your child has issues with saliva control (drooling), we will meet with you to figure out what is causing the problems. Some of the tests we may perform include:

  • A physical exam
  • Mouth and tongue movement
  • An ear, nose and throat evaluation
  • A dental exam
  • A speech/language assessment

Learn more about the saliva control program at Children’s.

Speech/language development & feeding/swallowing problem tests

If your child has difficulty with speech, feeding or swallowing, we will work with you to find a cause and develop a treatment plan. Tests may include speech, language, feeding and swallowing evaluations.