Here are a few tips that will help you and your child make the most out of the evaluation:
1. If possible, arrange for childcare for your other children to minimize distractions at the appointment.
2. Please realize that many of the testing items may be difficult for your child. It is our nature as parents to want to help our children succeed. You may want to help your child by rephrasing a question, but in order for the test to remain standardized the Speech Pathologist must say the testing item a certain way. Please refrain from helping your child by rephrasing the question.
3. In order to minimize distractions, please refrain from asking the Speech Pathologist questions while the SLP is administering any formal assessment. If you have a comment or think of a question write it down so you remember to ask the SLP at the end of the test.
Upcoming Weeks: In the month of June I will be focusing on issues relating to feeding disorders, picky eaters, and ways to build language while in the kitchen. I even have an eating related giveaway coming up! Next week I’ll be discussing red flags to watch for that may indicate that your child should be evaluated by a Speech Pathologist for feeding difficulties.