Tuesday, January 24, 2012
10 Things your Childs Speech Therapist wants you to know...
This list is not all inclusive, but your relationship with your Child's SLP, along with your child's therapy progress, will improve with the knowledge of these ten things....
10 things your Child's Speech Path wants you to know (in no particular order).
She (while I know Speech Path's can also be male, we are using the pronoun "She" for today)... She wants you to know that...
1. 50 minutes a week with her will not fix whatever is wrong with your child's speech and language. You have to help.
2. She is not a babysitter. If your child is receiving home based services. You need to be there, the entire session...if not in the room then at least in the house. Don't ask to run to the store.
3. Being habitually late (or habitually not having your child ready if it is a home based session) cheats your child. She can't extend the session just because you weren't there or weren't ready. If you are habitually late, even only 5-10 minutes, you are cheating your child HOURS of therapy time over the course of the year that one: you paid for and two: you can't get back.
4. It may look like she is playing, but it has a purpose. Everything she does has a purpose and an end goal in mind. For example, What may look like just playing bubbles to you is actually bubbles with specific cues for good lip rounding so that your child can learn to make the /w/ sound.
5. She doesn't mind a quick chat at the beginning of the session, but time spent chatting with you, is essentially time taken off your child's therapy session.
6. You need to cancel if your child is sick. If your child is sick and you dont want to cancel because you don't want your child to miss a session, think about it this way: you cancel and one child misses therapy due to illness. Don't cancel and get her sick and up to 30 children miss therapy due to an illness (hers).
7. She likes it when you communicate with her. From everything about what toys motivate your child best, to what is your expectations for the outcome of this therapy. If she is working towards functional communication but your goal is verbal communication, these are very different things. And ask questions...this shows us you are interested in your child's therapy.
8. She does alot of things, including therapy planning, prep and paperwork on her own time.
9. She got into this profession because she is a giver. Speech pathology, like nursing and teaching, is a giving profession.
10. We become attached to you too. When we see a child every week, whether it is 6 months or 6 years, we become emotionally vested in your child's progress and we take their therapy personally.
Now, your turn! As a parent, are there things you wish your therapist (PT, OT, or SLP) knew? Leave them in the comments!