The decision to start speech-language therapy is never an easy one. Whether you are a parent, a caretaker or a patient, once you have decided to start therapy the first session can be a bit overwhelming. It is crucial to ask the appropriate questions from your therapist in order to understand the process and goals for the patient’s recovery.
Here are some important questions to ask your speech-language pathologist (SLP) before getting on board with a therapy program.
Does the therapist have the right credentials?
Before starting therapy with a professional knowing about their education, experience and expertise in the field is really important. You can ask your SLP questions regarding:
- Their qualification and certifications
- Years of practice
- Areas of expertise/specialties
- Their approach to therapy
- If they are registered with a professional organization that is recognized by the local government
How does the program work?
It is extremely important to cover all the logistics beforehand. Questions regarding fee structure, office hours etc. can prove to be really helpful in deciding whether to work with a particular program or not. You can ask your therapist about:
- The setting of the treatment (online/in-person)
- Speech therapist’s working hours
- The payment schedule and if there is a fixed pricing plan
- Insurance coverage
How Can I Support My Child?
In order to accelerate the progress of a child’s therapy, parent involvement plays a vital role. You can help your child through the process if you inquire about:
- The frequency of progress reports
- Monitoring the sessions
- Activities to be practiced at home with the child
- How you can accelerate your child’s progress
What Can I Expect?
Since each patient suffers from a different challenge the length and nature of the treatment varies from person to person. If asked after the initial assessments an SLP should give a prognosis and draft a treatment plan which can give a parent a clearer picture of what to expect from the therapy program. You can ask your SLP about:
- Goals/objectives of the therapy
- Duration of therapy
- Session schedules
In addition to the aforementioned questions, make sure you feel comfortable in expressing any of your concerns. Working together with the therapist and communicating your needs from the very beginning can accelerate the recovery process of your child.
Speech-Language therapy usually begins after comprehensive assessments and evaluations. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) conducts a variety of tests and drafts out a personalized treatment plan for your child.
While a professional SLP is properly informed and prepared when starting with a therapy program, it is important for parents to remain proactive and involved in the process. Asking the right questions might help you understand the process and goals for the patient’s recovery.