An Evaluation Session can consist of many different things, depending on what the concerns are for the client. Generally, the client will be engaged in activities that can include talking, playing with toys or games, reading books, looking at pictures, and standardized testing. The parent or caregiver will be interviewed and asked to complete some paperwork for the client's file. These sessions generally take longer than Therapy Sessions. After an Evaluation Session, Kimberly will conduct a meeting with the parent or caregiver (in person or via telephone), which outlines the results of the evaluation and recommedations.
My child already had an evaluation completed at school. Does he need another one?
If the evaluation has been conducted within 6 months for clients under 3 years old and within one calendar year for pediatric clients over 3 years old, another full evaluation may or may not be required (based on clinician discrepancy.)
What can I expect during a Therapy Session?
Therapy Sessions can be provided in your home, your child's school or daycare, or another community space (with some restrictions). Again, depending on the client's needs, activities during therapy can include playing games, reading books, doing worksheets or crafts, looking at pictures, and much more! For most clients, activities will vary from week to week to keep client's engaged.
After the 50-minute session, a 10-minute conference will be held to discuss matters of documentation and payment as well as to provide additional information to the parent or guardian regarding the session.
Why does it look like my child is just playing with toys during therapy?
It may look like your child is just having fun, but there is so much more to play-based therapy. Not only does play-based therapy keep clients engaged and focused, but it also builds trust and rapport with their therapist and skills in language and social development!
What is the difference between speech and language?
The "speech" part of speech and language therapy involves how we produce sounds to talk. This includes the way a person produces certain sounds (like saying "Hewo!" instead of "Hello!" or saying "psketti" instead of "spaghetti" past certain ages). Speech also includes a person's voice and whether they stutter.
The "language" part of speech and language therapy involves what we say and whether we understand what others are saying to us. This can mean the words we use and understand, the grammar we use and understand, and the way we put words in order to make sense. It can also include how we understand stories and movies. Lastly, it involves the social ways we communicate with others, by what we say verbally and non-verbally (like eye contact).
What is the difference between a Speech Therapist (ST) and a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)?
Really, there is no difference! These terms can be used interchangeably for the same person. In addition to these two terms, Ms. Camba has also been called a Language and Hearing Specialist and Speech Teacher!