What Happens During My Child’s Speech Session?
Although the specific assessment and treatment techniques will vary depending on your child’s need, this slideshow is designed to give you a general overview of what happens during your child’s speech evaluation and treatment.
Before a speech and language evaluation, the Speech Language Pathologist will talk to the parent/caregiver(s) to learn more about their concerns. The Speech Language Pathologist will ask questions about the child’s language, medical, and developmental history.
For young children (toddlers and preschoolers), the “testing” will feel like playing with toys and games.
For older children, it may feel more like school. The Speech Language Pathologist may ask your child to point and comment on pictures, repeat sentences, or read and answer questions about a story.
The Speech Language Pathologist will discuss preliminary findings with the parent, and a complete, comprehensive report and treatment plan will be completed within 5 to 10 business days.
Each 45-minute session is focused on improving your child’s speech and language. Our goals and methods are evidence-based and proven to facilitate communicative growth. The following slides will show how SLPs utilize fun and engaging activities to target a specific set of goals catered to your child’s needs.
Marilyn is using a mirror to show the child the movements that her mouth makes when uttering certain words and phrases.
By playing with the aquarium, Diana is using a multisensory approach to help the child develop different skills such as counting or learning colors.
Dr. Galgano is showing the child what shape her lips need to make in order to produce the correct sounds when speaking or reading.
Marilyn (right) is reading a book with the child, and covering the picture to ensure that she focuses on the words of the story.
Diana (left) and the child are playing rhyming Bingo, to help her learn the concept behind rhyming in a fun and engaging way.
Dr. Galgano engages in structured play with a 3-year-old child, during which a linguistic interaction/a communication between child and therapist is necessary.
We believe it is vital to involve family members and caregivers in the planning and implementation of the treatment plan; parent conferences, research articles, and a home program are frequently incorporated to ensure carryover of speech and language skills outside of the therapy room.