What does a pediatric speech pathologist do? What will the first visit look like? What will my child go through? Can I go with him?
As a speech therapist, I have worked with early intervention clients (birth-3 years), school aged kids, adolescents and geriatrics. Although we all work on communication skills, depending on the ages of the people we are serving, the therapy sessions can all look very different.
For example, young children, as well as some geriatric clients who have suffered severe strokes, will benefit from structure and repetition of information over several weeks/months. School aged children and teens may have a little more flexibility in their sessions.
Pediatric speech pathologists do the same as any other speech pathologist! Of course, pediatric speech-language pathologists work to help children communicate effectively by assisting with the improvement of their verbal and non-verbal language skills. But they also help with things like feeding and swallowing abilities. Seriously, how often do you actually think about how you chew? It takes a lot of muscles in your mouth! And pediatric speech-language pathologists work with children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, to help with all of these skills.
In regards to the question, “can I go with my child?” Yes – you can, but it’s best if your child is with the therapist alone. This will build a positive relationship and start to build trust between the therapist and your child.
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