What to Expect at Your First Speech Therapy Session

What To Expect In Your Child’s First Speech Therapy Session

If you are a parent who has not had any experience with speech therapy services for your child, the process can seem quite overwhelming. From the moment you begin having concerns about your child to finding a site for services to having an evaluation completed, there are many questions to answer. After you have navigated through the above steps, the next part of the journey is the speech therapy sessions themselves. You may be wondering, “What do therapy sessions look like?” and “What should I expect during the first session?” Below you will find information to help answer these questions and more.

Before the Speech Therapy Session:

While in the waiting room, you may wonder if you should accompany your child to the treatment roomWhat To Expect At Your First Speech Therapy Session or have your child exert independence and go on his own. This is a question that is best directed to the child’s specific clinician. There are many factors that affect the answer to this question including the child’s age, level of attachment, and ability to actively participate in treatment tasks.

During the Speech Therapy Session:

If you have never seen treatment in action, you may be wondering how the clinician targets your child’s goals. In pediatric speech therapy, goals are commonly woven into play and targeted by utilizing motivating activities and objects to the child. This is especially common during the first few therapy sessions because building a trusting relationship between the child and therapist is one of the most important goals. Not to mention getting to show the child that therapy is fun!

After the Speech Therapy Session:

The session is over and the clinician has reviewed the content of the session with you, or you were present in the room to experience it firsthand and you are receiving feedback from the clinician. Now what? Ask questions, such as “How can I support my child’s speech goals at home?” The clinician should provide practice tips and activities for you to complete at home with your child.

Speech therapy sessions are not meant to be a mysterious or overwhelming event, but rather a supportive and inclusive experience for your child and your family. If you think your child may have speech and/or language difficulties, consult a speech language pathologist today.

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4 replies
  1. Nash Rich
    Nash Rich says:

    I have a nephew that has some speech problems. My brother has been debating whether to try speech therapy or to see if he’ll just grow out of it. I don’t know if he would be able to participate very well because he’s still kind of young. Anyways, this was helpful in knowing more about this. Thanks!

  2. Jessie Harrison
    Jessie Harrison says:

    My daughter struggles with speech and I’m afraid I haven’t been much help. It’s even harder since she isn’t motivated to make it better. Maybe these motivating activities would be good for her. Are parents allowed at the sessions? I bet I could learn some tactics to help her from home too.

    • Katie Hesch
      Katie Hesch says:

      Hi! I’m sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling with her speech. I hope these activities prove motivating for your daughter, and if not, find what is motivating to her and go with it! Parents’ presence in the room is usually based on the clinician’s discretion, however, for the majority of cases is extremely beneficial for both the child and the parent. The clinician will help guide you as to how to practice treatment targets and structure activities for home practice. I hope you found this information helpful!

  3. Sarah Smith
    Sarah Smith says:

    My child needs to get speech therapy. I had no idea that after the session you should support ask the professional about how you can support your child’s speech goal. It would also be smart to get a speech pathologist that your child likes. That way, they are more willing to work on their goals and complete them.


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