Why do some people choose to go with a private speech therapist?
Many times, families either don’t qualify for early intervention or school aged services or want more individualized instruction. In these cases, going to a clinic for your speech and language therapy needs is a great option.
Should I wait until my child is older?
No. If you have concerns, you should not wait. Research has indicated again and again that early intervention is extremely effective. My youngest clients are just two or three years old.
Often parents may get advice to “wait and see,” which is not the best approach to take. If you choose to wait, your child may miss a crucial therapy window (preschool age). Meanwhile, the gap between what your child is doing, and what their peers are doing, may continue to widen.
If you’re concerned about your child, it’s important to get help as soon as possible.
What’s your process when starting services for a new client?
The best way to start is to contact me for a brief consultation. From there, you’ll fill out an intake form to secure a spot on the waiting list. In our first session, we’ll complete an evaluation to decide what your child’s needs are, and to create a plan for him or her.
What does a speech and language therapy session look like?
We might use songs, games, play, or structured activities to encourage communication and play skills. Books are an excellent communication tool as well. Speech and language therapy should be an engaging way to learn, and it’s important to make sure your child looks forward to his or her next therapy session.
How long is a session?
Typical sessions last 30-45 minutes, depending on your child’s needs.
What we might do and use in our sessions
Pretend or Doll Play
Board Games (older kids)
Grade-level readings (older kids)