A Speech Language Pathologist – also referred to as a “Speech Therapist” – provides evaluations and remediation of a variety of disorders and/or delays affecting a child’s communication.
What does an Occupational Therapist do?
When would a family come to speech or occupational therapy?
A family would see a Speech Therapist or an Occupational Therapist if they have concerns for their child’s speech or motor system development. A referral is first typically made by their Primary Care Physical and/or an early intervention provider. Parents too can call directly for an evaluation if concerned. During an assessment a therapist will address parent’s concerns while evaluating the child for current developmental milestones while completing an assessment. Following the evaluation, the Speech or Occupational Therapist will determine whether or not the child will need ongoing services.
How are these services delivered?
Services tend to be scheduled on weekly appointments in a 1:1 setting and can be home or clinic based.