If you or a loved one are finding that you have difficulty with speech, communication, or swallowing, an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (also known as a speech therapist) may be in order. However, a lot of people have difficulty taking this first step. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss some ways you can prepare for your first appointment with a speech therapist.
-Think about the history of the speech problem. When did you first notice it happening? What were some early signs that you or your loved one were having difficulty with their speech or ability to communicate? Think of a few solid examples of times that the problem occurred and how you would best describe them.
-If the evaluation is for the speech or language of a young child, write down some examples of their typical speech patterns or behaviors. For example, roughly how many words they can say and their ability to understand and follow directions.
-Think of any questions you may have and write them down. Often people will forget what it is they wanted to ask once they’re under the pressure of consulting with a professional. If you have a written list of questions, you are much more likely to get the information you need.
-Bring a pad and pen or pencil. Although you may receive a full written evaluation, you might also want to jot down information given to you by the speech therapist.
Last but not least, the most important part of a speech-language pathology evaluation is making the appointment! Don’t put it off—contact Speech Associates of New York today to find a professional speech-language pathologist who can help you or your loved one communicate to the fullest. Remember, early intervention is the key to maintaining and developing strong communication skills. Call us today at (212) 308-7725.