As parents, it is natural to have concerns about your child’s development, especially when it comes to Speech and Occupational milestones. In this blog post, we will answer some of the frequently asked questions parents often have regarding their child’s therapy journey.
Question: How long will my child be in therapy?
Answer: The duration of therapy varies for each child, as it depends on their unique needs and goals. Your child’s therapist will conduct an initial evaluation to assess your child’s abilities and determine an appropriate therapy plan. Ongoing assessments will then guide the therapy’s length, with regular updates provided to parents on progress and potential milestones.
Question: Is my child delayed or do you think they have Autism?
Answer: While delays in speech or occupational skills might raise concerns, it is essential to remember that each child develops at their own pace. A comprehensive evaluation by a licensed Speech and Occupational therapist can provide valuable insights into your child’s development. They will assess various areas such as communication, fine and gross motor skills, social interaction, and sensory processing. The therapist can provide guidance, identify delays or concerns, but are not able to determine specific diagnoses such as Autism. If these concerns exist, your therapist will refer your child to other appropriate specialists for further evaluation.
Question: How can we get speech therapy in school?
Answer: For children who require Speech Therapy, obtaining services through the school system is often an option. The first step is to communicate your concerns with your child’s teacher or the school’s special education coordinator. They will guide you through the evaluation and Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Based on the evaluation results, the school will determine if your child qualifies for Speech Therapy and develop a plan to address their needs within the school setting.
Question: When will my child talk?