If your child has a language delay, you may want to consider seeking out a speech therapist to help their communication skills develop in an effective way. It can be confusing to determine what separates one speech pathologist from another. Rochester Hearing and Speech Center is here to help. At Rochester Hearing & Speech Center, we offer an array of services including speech therapy, physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and other special education resources. To assist you, we have compiled some helpful tips for choosing a speech therapist for your child.
Here are some factors to look for when selecting a qualified speech pathologist:
- Experience & Knowledge: First, a good speech therapist will have the proper training and be well informed on research and new developments in the field. You should ask questions about how much of their caseload is made up of clients with similar needs and the evidence that supports their recommendations for treatment.
- Child-Friendly: Rochester Hearing & Speech Center’s speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and special education services are offered to children from infancy to 5-years old. If you’re seeking speech therapy for your child, make sure the clinician is well versed in treating children and, most importantly, that your child is comfortable with them.
- Incorporates the Parent: A good speech therapist incorporates the parent in the therapy process. They understand that the parent knows the child best and is a key player in the intervention. As such, look for a speech therapist that is a team player and includes you the parent in the decision-making process.
- Compassion & Flexibility: As important as their clinical knowledge on the subject, is a speech therapist’s ability to feel compassion for the client. Speech issues can be frustrating for the child, especially when they are unable to communicate effectively. Your pathologist should be able to empathize with those limitations and create an environment that’s safe and trustworthy. They should also be flexible to the child’s schedules and needs and adapt their treatment as needed so the child’s individual goals can be met.
- Listening Skills: Listening to parents concerns is the first step in forming a sense of empathy and understanding. A speech therapist should be able to actively listen so they can best interpret the child’s problems and work together towards a solution.
For more information on what to look for in a speech therapist or to access a qualified professional please contact us at Rochester Hearing & Speech Center at (585) 271-0680. You can also find us online.