Do I need a referral or prescription from my pediatrician to schedule an appointment?
No. Unlike Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, a referral nor a prescription is needed for speech therapy. If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development, please do not hesitate to call or
Does my child need an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to see you?
No. Some children do not qualify for speech therapy at school, but would still benefit from speech therapy. Additionally, some of my clients do have IEPs and benefit from additional speech therapy. I love collaborating with school SLPs, teachers and special educators. Teamwork is key to progress!
I can't attend my child's speech therapy sessions. How will I know how to help my child at home?
Following each session, I encourage children to share/show what they learned with whomever brought them to speech therapy. I then write a summary of a child's performance and email it to parents. Included in this note are suggestions for brief practice at home that will facilitate progress. With parent consent, I will also email this note to a child's school SLP and teachers. Impressive progress can be made when we work as a team!
What age of clients do you see?
I see pediatric clients ages ~2.5 to ~18 with a variety of speech and language delays/disorders. If you are seeking an evaluation for your child who is younger than 2, please call Illinois Early Intervention at (618) 622-6581. Kristi Bourisaw is a excellent Speech-Language Pathologist who serves young children in Monroe County, Illinois.
How much of my young child's speech should I be able to understand?
Age 2: 50%
Age 3: 75%
Age 4: 100%
"I know you do speech, but do you also see children with language concerns?"
Yes. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I treat children with a variety of speech and language delays and disorders including difficulty understanding and using language. Examples include: difficulty following directions, answering questions, using age appropriate word and sentence structures (Ex. pronouns, plurals), ability to tell a cohesive story, etc.
Once my child begins speech therapy, are we 'locked in' to a certain number of sessions?
No! Treatment plans are typically written for three to six months, but a child does not have to attend for a specific period of time. I truly believe in individualized treatment plans that best serve the child. Let's work together as a team to determine what is best for your child.
My child is stuttering. How concerned should I be?
This risk factor chart from The Stuttering Foundation can help you decide if you should contact a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Parents: You know best. If you are concerned, do not hesitate to pursue a screening or evaluation, if warranted.
How do I find a Speech-Language Pathologist in my area to help my child?
Still have questions? Please call (217) 377-4419 or email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.