“My child is falling behind in school…”
Very often the first time you find out about your child’s needs is from their teacher or school. You may get reports that your child is having difficulty. This can come as quite a shock, but it doesn’t mean these difficulties can’t be overcome.
There are several possible problems that your child might have that a Speech-Language Pathologist can help with including Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), articulation disorders, receptive language disorders and expressive language disorders.
The way to approach each of these is different, and the role a Speech Therapist plays in helping your child is different. Some require a complete team of professionals and some just require a Speech Therapist.
In all cases, though, connecting with your child’s school is a very important aspect so that we can make sure that we provide them with information on how they can best help your child succeed and they can provide us with information about the curriculum and how we can support it.
Unlike with Early Intervention, my approach with older children is primarily mixed. I spend most of my time directly working with your child and we have periodic meetings where we discuss how things are going, new and ongoing concerns, and what we can do to provide your child with the best chance of success.