Finding the right Speech-Language Pathologist for you and your child.
Even if you find the Albert Einstein of speech therapists who was highly recommended to you, her chemistry with you or your child may or may not be the best fit. Just like any other relationship you have, the one with your speech therapist will be very personal. Find one who has the best balance of professional experience that you're seeking, and personally connects with you from the first phone call and afterwards. The best referral you can get is usually from someone else's experience with a speech therapist. However, when that's not possible, we recommend calling your insurance company to find an in-network SLP unless you will be pursuing services privately or out-of-pocket. You may also seek an in- or out-of-network provider based on a personal referral by another family, or simply look up an SLP by area or specialty on the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association Proserv website. http://www.asha.org/proserv/
Our thoughts about the “Wait and See” Approach
Sometimes, it is suggested to families by other family members, friends or pediatricians to see how a child’s communication challenges progress on his/her own before pursuing intervention, especially if it is a younger child like a toddler. In speech, there are no shots, and no pain or physical discomforts that your child is subjected to. Speech therapy is a very play-based intervention. Oftentimes, our therapist(s) have been referred to as the “toy lady” by some of our young clients because as far as they know, they just come to play with toys! Its our job to integrate treatment strategies during play in the least stressful manner for your child. So, the best you can do for your child is to get an initial evaluation to find out what his/her baseline speech-language skills are in comparison to their same-aged peers. You can then make an educated determination on whether to pursue ongoing treatment, if necessary, or to take some time before engaging in therapy if he/she qualified.