- What, exactly, are the issues?
- How many times a week will you need to see my child?
- What are the treatment goals?
- About how long will the treatment take to achieve the goals?
- What is the plan for follow up?
This is the time to find out if you and your child are going to be a “good fit” for the therapist and the environment in which the work is to be done if therapy is necessary.
How do you take a language sample?
- When you anticipate having a natural and relaxed conversation with your child, be prepared to record it.
- Read to your child and ask questions so that the therapist can hear their ability to answer questions, label items, analyze situations and predict the next step in the story.
They can estimate your child’s vocabulary development. The therapist may interview you to answer preliminary questions to help them determine your child’s needs.
Comprehensively evaluate your child’s speech and language development. Create a treatment plan. Don't let time pass without treatment. And, if your child needs treatment because of a diagnosable problem, never let a full year pass without getting another comprehensive evaluation to determine if their skills are keeping up with both academic and social language demands.
Language competence is a key to success.
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