Your child’s initial speech-language pathology appointment will be focused on interviewing and testing. To start, the speech therapist will spend time listening to you -- the caregiver. We’ll ask about your child’s medical and developmental history. We will also address your questions and concerns and discuss goals for your child. This allows time for your child to become more comfortable in the environment and with the speech therapist, and the information you share will help guide the evaluation.
Next, we’ll spend some time observing and interacting with your child. We’ll evaluate your child’s strengths and needs using carefully chosen, up-to-date, and evidence-based tools and measures.
Finally, the speech-language pathologist will talk with you about next steps, additional testing, and treatment plans. Altogether, this appointment lasts about 60 to 90 minutes.