Is Private Speech Therapy important for my child?

05 Sep Is Private Speech Therapy important for my child?

As summer winds down, everyone’s gearing up for a new school year.  The school systems offer wonderful programs to aid our children’s development, including special services for those children in need.   Speech therapy is one such service, provided through public payers such as local Early Intervention (EI) programs, the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), Related Service Authorization (RSA), and other public school programs.

While public payers will and do provide qualified speech therapists, there are multiple reasons why many parents choose to supplement the school-based speech therapy with private therapy.  Here are some of those reasons:

  1. The Benefits of An Additional Team Member

When it comes to our child’s development, we don’t want to leave any stone unturned!  Having multiple speech therapists on-board to provide their professional recommendations, treatment, and parent education is an invaluable thing!

  1. One on One Treatment

It’s common in the school setting that the speech therapist will need to schedule multiple children at one time.  This means that your child may only have a few minutes of individual time, on each pull-out.  A private session guarantees the child will have the therapist’s total attention for the entire treatment time; thereby increasing the therapy effectiveness manifold!

  1. Choice of Provider

While we can be assured that speech therapists employed by public payers are qualified and properly licensed, that’s pretty much all we can know. Personality, specialization, and experience are factors that are beyond the parent’s choice.  Ask anyone in this field to find out that 50% of progress is due to skill and 50% is due to fit!  When a parent can choose the provider for their child, they are having a great impact on their child’s therapy experience and effectiveness.

  1. Importance of Consistency

Some parents find that their child does best when the speech therapy is delivered on a consistent basis.  With regular school breaks for holiday and the summer, treatment is by far more consistent when supplemented by a private therapist.

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