If you have noticed difficulties in your child’s speech and language development that have caused concern, it is wise to seek the advice of a professional.
Finding the right speech-language pathologist for your child is important to their overall experience with that professional.
You will want to find a speech-language pathologist who is educated in their field and specializes in your child’s type of difficulty, as well as, someone they can easily work well with.
Educating yourself beforehand on speech-language pathology can help you feel at ease and will help your child be more relaxed with the process as well.
A speech-language pathologist will evaluate your child’s communication, feeding and/or swallowing skills.
Below are 5 things to know before choosing the right therapist for you:
1. Speech-language pathologists should hold master’s degree or a doctorate.
2. It’s best to find a therapist who has received their certification of clinical competence (CCC) from ASHA*.
3. Each speech-language pathologist specializes in different kinds of communication problems so make sure you choose the one that has expertise in the type of difficulty your child has.
4. Make sure the therapist has experience with the age range your child fits within.
5. The therapist should do an evaluation to determine your child’s specific needs.
Be mindful of the time you schedule your child’s therapy for maximum success.
Mornings are typically preferred as after school evaluation can lead to a child being fatigued which will impact their performance.
*ASHA is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association that credentials audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists. They can be reached at 1-800-638-8255.
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Find out more about Speech-language pathology by checking out our post “What is Speech-Language Pathology?”