The initial appointment is an evaluation. During this appointment, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your child’s strengths and weaknesses related to speech and language development. The results of the assessment will be used to develop a treatment plan appropriate to your child’s needs. Frequency and duration of therapy sessions is devised on an individual basis and ranges from once a week to five times per week for half hour or one-hour sessions depending on your child’s needs, age, and attention.
What to Expect
Your therapist will take a complete medical and developmental history of your child. Of particular interest are ear infections, head injuries, feeding difficulties, and when developmental milestones, such as sitting unsupported, walking, and talking, were met. Depending on the age of your child, the therapist will play with your child, administer formal and informal testing, and provide feedback to you.
What to Tell your Child
For young children (3 years and under), let them know you are going somewhere to play with a teacher. You can make the session easier by preparing them for what will happen (e.g. The teacher will play with you; the teacher might ask you questions; you can talk to the teacher, etc.). Please leave special objects that the child will cling to at home. Although transition items and loveys might make your child feel more secure, they often interfere with the testing process because the child won't let go of them to play with any other toys.
For older children (4 years and older), you should be honest. They need to know that they are going to a speech therapist who will listen to how they say some words and sounds. Prepare them for some "work" time and "play" time. Again, please leave special objects that the child will cling to at home. Although transition items and loveys might make your child feel more secure, they often interfere with the testing process because the child won't let go of them to play with any other toys.