by Lauren Barnett, MA, CCC-SLP
Last time, I talked about what those funny little letters after a Speech-Language Pathologist's name mean and how we get them. Missed it? Read it here!
But why are those letters important?
ASHA (the American Speech-Language Hearing Association) is our governing body and says "ASHA-Certified Professionals are extensively trained to identify speech, language and hearing issues at the early stages, help prevent them in certain patients and treat them in others — these professionals are dedicated to improving lives."
There are many reasons why it's important to have a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist working with you or your loved one when there are communication issues. Here are 4 important reasons:
7.7% of American children have a voice, language or swallowing disorder
7.5 million Americans have trouble using their voices
60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have hearing loss
50 million Americans experience hearing loss
Those are big numbers and that means it is likely that someone you know has a communication issue or has someone in their family with one. These disorders and diagnoses need more than a tutor, a teacher or a "wait and see" approach.
In addition to finding a Certified SLP to work with your family, it's important to find a therapist that you connect with. Find a therapist who will keep you up to date with what they are working on and why. I always encourage friends and family members as well as potential new clients to shop around and see who is in their area that they want to work with.
It's likely that you will spend a good amount of time with this person or they will be spending time with your loved one, it's important that you like them and feel that you are on the same page with goals and the progression of therapy. While you likely do not have the educational background that the SLP does, you know your child or your parent and YOU are the expert on them!
I encourage families to look at the blogs and websites as well as social media outlets to get a feel for the therapist. While you are looking, check out mine!
My blog: iHeartSpeech.com is the place where I write about activities and information about speech and language development!
Facebook: Facebook.com/BarnettTherapy is the place where I post about different activities, crafts and ideas as well as articles and random things. They are ideas gathered from all over the web!
Instagram: Instagram.com/iHeartSpeech is the place where I (sometimes, when I remember) share the behind the scenes things that I do as a mom, speech pathologist and as a business owner.
Come visit me on social media. Leave a comment! I'd love to see you there!
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