My Child has a history of chronic ear infections. Could that interfere with speech or language development?
ANSWER: Possibly. While there is no direct link between chronic ear infections and speech/language delay, children are generally thought to be more at risk for developing communication impairments with this medical history, and should be closely monitored.
How long should speech therapy take before my child is caught up?
ANSWER: This depends on many factors including type of disorder/delay, severity of the disorder, client motivation and Family involvement in implementing home practice. In general, children with receptive language problems (difficulty understanding language) tend to require longer courses of treatment, as do children with underlying neurocognitive impairments such as apraxia, autism, or a genetic disorder.
How many times a week will my child need therapy?
ANSWER: Most of our clients are seen one to two times per week, depending on the severity of the disorder, or what type of intervention program is being implemented. Some clients receive more intensive treatment schedules if they have a more intensive need.
How long are therapy sessions??
ANSWER: : For speech/language therapy, sessions are typically 30 minutes or 45 minutes in length. We determine the appropriate length based on your child’s age, attention span, and course of treatment. For feeding therapy, sessions are typically 45 min to 1 hour in length. Again, we determine the appropriate length based on your child’s age, attention span, and course of treatment.
Can I observe a therapy session?
ANSWER: : We encourage parents and caregivers to participate in therapy so that you can implement our treatment at home. For some children, they perform best when working separately from parents. For those children, parents may be included in treatment sessions for the last 5-10 minutes or we will video (with signed permission) portions of the session.