Speech Therapy Questions

15 Commonly Asked Speech Therapy Questions

Here are the top 15 commonly asked speech therapy questions and their answers.

  1. What is speech therapy?

Speech-language therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication disorders. A speech-language pathologist/ therapist is a certified professional involved in Speech-Language Therapy. The therapist caters to people with communication issues across all ages. Some communication disorders are listed below:

  • Speech Language Delays
  • Speech Sound Disorders/ errors with speech sounds
  • Stuttering/ Fluency disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Resonance disorders/ cleft-lip and palate
  • Aphasia/loss of language post-stroke
  • Dysarthria/ motor speech disorders
  • Swallowing/ Feeding issues
  • Developmental disorders (Autism/ ADHD/ Cerebral Palsy/ Syndromes)
  1. Why does my child have trouble learning to talk?

Many children have speech-language delays. A child can have trouble learning to talk due to one or many reasons. Here are a few reasons of speech delay:

  • Inadequate speech-language stimulation at home
  • Pre-natal/ Peri-natal/ post-natal birth complications
  • Oral-motor issues
  • Developmental conditions (Autism/ ADHD/ Cerebral palsy/ syndromes)
  • Hearing loss
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Other neurological conditions
  • Genetic causes

These are examples of a few reasons. However, in most cases, unknown factors cause delayed development. If your child has trouble learning to talk, consult a speech-language therapist today.

  1. How do I know if my child has a speech delay?

You can simply follow the developmental chart to note down if your child meets the criteria for the normal skills listed in their age range.

Read a blog on 1-2 years: Speech and Language Milestones

  1. Who to approach if my child is not speaking properly?

If you notice your child is not developing on par with their peers, it is time to consult a professional. A speech-language therapist is a professional dealing with speech-language disorders. Speech Language Therapists are certified in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders.

You can also consult with other professionals for their opinion such as the following,

Audiologist: An audiologist is certified in assessing and treating hearing-related issues across all ages. If you feel your child has hearing loss, then you can consult an audiologist. They will make a referral to a speech therapist if your child has a speech delay.

Child psychologist: A child psychologist is a professional trained to identify children with developmental conditions. You can check with them if your child shows signs of delayed speech, social skills, and other developmental red flags. They will likely refer your child to a speech therapist if your child has a speech delay.

Developmental pediatrician: A developmental pediatrician will guide and keep track of your child’s speech and motor milestones. If they see any red flags, they will refer your child to a speech-language therapist.

  1. What happens in the evaluation/assessment session with a speech therapist?

The first one or two sessions will be the assessment/ testing sessions. During the session, your speech-language therapist will perform a series of tests to determine the level of the child’s communication. Further, several activities will be done to check for receptive and expressive language age, speech skills, oral motor skills, and pre-linguistic skills, and a behavioral profile will be taken.

The assessment session usually consists of a detailed history taking, birth history, and rehabilitation history of the child. Then, this is followed by interaction and testing of the child’s communication skills. Once the evaluation is completed, your therapist will answer your questions and give you a report explaining your child’s current communication level. Further, the therapist makes referrals to other professionals such as pediatricians, psychologists, and occupational therapists if needed.

Read a detailed more Speech Language Assessment Session

  1. How many speech therapy sessions are needed?

Once your therapist advises speech-language therapy sessions for your child, it is wise to enroll immediately without any delays. Most often young children benefit from thrice-a-week sessions with a speech-language therapist. Some children need sessions twice a week.

Further, it usually takes up to 2 or 3 months to show progress in speech-language skills. However, this depends on several factors such as the regularity of sessions, severity, diagnosis, home practice, and associated factors.

  1. What is the cost of therapy?

The cost of therapy depends on the individual therapist or the company that offers the service. However, the standard speech-language therapy rate across India ranges from Rs. 800 to Rs. 2500 per session. At 1SpecialPlace we offer exclusive discounts and affordable therapy for your loved one.

  1. What is my role as a parent in speech therapy?

Parents are active team members in the speech-language therapy process. Since learning happens all day and every day, parents play a crucial role. Parents work with the speech-language therapist to set goals for their children. Further, work along with therapists to give details about the child. Overall, parents carry over the activities at home and implement suggestions given by the therapist.

  1. Can I do speech therapy at home?

Speech Language Therapists are certified and trained professionals to set goals and treat communication disorders. Hence, guidance by a speech therapist is a must if you want the desired progress for your child. For example, One can’t be a doctor and self-medicate, similarly doing speech-language therapy at home without guidance is a big “No”. However, as a parent consult a speech-language therapist and get a home-based plan with regular follow-ups to ensure you are on the right track.

  1. What does a speech therapist do in a session?

During a speech-language therapy session, the therapist conducts activities to build on the linguistic comprehension and expression of the child. However, depending on the disorder, the therapist follows an individual lesson plan tailor-made to suit your child’s needs. Here are a few links to what speech therapy sessions look like.

  1. Is Speech Therapy covered by insurance?

In most countries, speech-language therapy services are covered by insurance. In India, there are several insurance policies that cover insurance for speech-language therapy sessions. Click here to read more!

  1. Are speech delay and autism the same?

No, a speech-language delay is simply a delay in the development of speech-language comprehension and expression. Having a speech delay does not mean the child is Autistic. However, Autism is a neurodiversity condition. Autistic children usually have a speech-language delay.

  1. Does speaking 2 languages cause speech delay?

No, research over the years has proved that this is a myth. Speaking two or more languages does not cause a speech-language delay.

  1. Are speech therapy and language therapy different?

No, speech-language therapy is one term. It simply means therapy focussing on improving overall speech and language skills. They go hand-in-hand with children diagnosed with speech-language disorders. However, for children with speech sound disorders, resonance disorders, and stuttering it’s called speech therapy because the focus is primarily on speech skills.

  1. How to find a good speech therapist near me?

When you visit a speech-language therapist always check if the therapist is certified and qualified. You can ask for the Rehabilitation Council of India Registration Number (RCI) to see if your therapist has a license. Click here to find a speech-language therapist near you!

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