What should I expect at my first private visit to the clinic?
Our speech-language pathologist (SLP) will gather information and/or review basic information that was provided on the phone when you booked your appointment. They will also ask you a number of questions specifically about the concerns you are having.
In addition :
Screening Appointment: The SLP will complete the screening which may include cursory testing, a discussion about the concerns, and observation. The cursory tests, questions, and observations chosen are based on the concerns that you or your family member have expressed. From this screening, our SLP will let you know if they feel an assessment is necessary.
Assessment Appointment: The SLP will ask you a variety of specific questions about the concerns you or the family member has. They will also have you complete a series of tasks and/or tests to assess the areas of concern. If it is a child being assessed, it is likely that the SLP will want to observe how your child communicates with you, and how your child plays. The SLP may watch your child for a while, and then interact with your child to get further information on specific communication exchanges. Although this might look like the SLP is either ‘just watching’, or ‘just playing’ with your child, please be assured that they are looking for specific speech-language milestones. These observations provide invaluable information during the assessment process, and will help determine appropriate and personalized goals.
For parents or family members that are interested, we also have one-way observation mirrors in some of our treatment rooms. This allows the parent/family member to observe their child in and assessment or therapy session. The mirrors are a great tool for having the child undistracted by the parent/family member during the assessment or therapy session.