Informal assessment

Any assessment that is not ‘Standardised’ (see entry for standardised). Speech & language therapists are really good at informal assessment because they can be tailored to look at something very specific in a way that standardised assessments can’t. It is also true that some children simply cannot cope with the demand of a standardised assessment so doing one wouldn’t give the therapist any useful information. Observation of a child is a kind of informal assessment which can be extremely useful.