If you’ve got kids, you know that there are always things that cause you concerns. Is it a cold? Is it the flu? You know with my daughter’s appendicitis, we thought it was a pulled muscle! I can’t tell you how many concerns I’ve had for my children over the years. One concern that tends to be common with parents concerns their children’s speech. You may wonder if your child needs speech therapy.
When it comes to a child’s speech, you do not want to wait too long. Granted, some children take longer to say certain sounds correctly than other children do. But sometimes you just know that something isn’t quite right with your child’s speech. You may be able to understand your child, but others can’t. This can be a sign that your child may need to be checked for speech issues.
If you have concerns about your child’s speech, you can count on a therapist to know exactly how to treat your child’s individual issues. You should find someone who is dedicated to building a bridge for communication through speech/articulation, phonology, apraxia, voice, and fluency. Reading/writing comprehension, auditory processing, ASD, cognitive deficits and dysphagia among other developmental/acquired speech and language difficulties are also important factors when considering a therapist.
It is also important that your child feel comfortable with their therapist. When you’re researching therapists, make sure you check out online reviews to see what other parents think. Does the office have toys for your child to play with? They should! Do they use more than one method? What if your child isn’t responding? These are all questions to ask ahead of time.
You should also try to prepare your child for their first visit. Let them know that it will be fun! Speech therapy isn’t something that will hurt. It is a special time for your child to get one on one attention focusing on his or her needs. Speech therapy is definitely something you should consider if you have any concerns about your child’s speech.