What does a speech therapy appointment look like? | Kati Morton

Hey, everybody! I have a very special
guest today. My friend, Catherine, is joining us to
teach us all about being a speech therapist. So stay tuned! music So like I said, I have a wonderful special
guest today. My friend, Catherine, is a speech-language pathologist.
-Hi -And we are going to talk a little bit
about what it would be like, kind of like I started my videos, what
would it be like if you made an appointment. And I know that many parents out there wonder and worry about bringing a child in. So give us a little rundown of kind of what it would look like if I came
to see you. If I had an appointment, I was bringing
my child, what do we expect? Okay. Well first of all, the children can
be seen individually where it’s just the speech therapist and
the child or it can be seen in a small group setting. Two, three, maybe four children and
a speech therapist as well. The sessions usually last between 30 min.
45 min. and 60 min. It all depends on the child’s needs and a child will be seen once a week,
twice a week, maybe even up to five times a week, depending on what the child actually needs. The small group situations are ideal for
children who have social problems. -Oh, so they can practice it?
-Exactly. So there will be two or three children
within the same age with the same kind of problems,
-Okay -And they can all sit together and work
on their social issues together -Oh, perfect! So they get to practice that
with each other and that way you’re kind of maximizing it. Not only you working with them.
-Exactly, exactly it gives them a more natural environment
with their own peers. -It just kind of depends on the need,
how often you would see them like in therapy, some of my clients I see
twice a week, some people are seen three times a week… -Exactly. If a child doesn’t have
too severe of an impairment they will be seen maybe twice a week,
for 30 minutes about. And when there are deeper issues, the child has more problems, essentially,
-Uhuh -Then they will be seen more often
-Okay, and so So let’s say I’m bringing my child and
we come three days a week. What does a session look like? Are you talking with the child?
Are you… you know. -Yes, I’m talking. And I laugh because it literally looks like we are just playing. Like we are playing games, board games for
three and four year olds and parents are like, “What are you doing with my kid? You are literally just watching him do
a puzzle.” -Yeah, like a babysitter.
-Exactly. We’re just watching them play, Like, “What are you doing?” So that’s what you’ll see. Especially with the children up to like
five-years-old when they’re still a little bit younger. and you want to engage them so you’re
going to have a lot of games, a lot of Play-Doh, a lot of bubbles for
the younger ones, building blocks, train sets, cars,
very simple books like the “Little People” books -“My Little People”
-Oh, yes! Yes. -“My Little World”… Whatever, yeah, huge
huge “Thomas the Tank Engine” it’s huge as well. -You know them all by heart, I’m sure! -Oh my gosh, you have no idea. So you’ll just see the therapist there
basically sitting with them and interacting with them while playing
these games. Now, it might look like they are just
playing. It goes much deeper than that. Because while the child, it is making
shapes with Play-Doh, I am engaging them in “w-h” questions. I’m doing color labeling. Color identification. Making shapes, labeling shapes. Making animals, or you’re labeling animals. It’s a whole slew of things that goes into
-Got it. -Just like a simple Play-Doh play-date,
essentially. -Yeah, and it’s funny you say that because therapy is much like that with children. When I started, I started out working
with kids. And a lot of it’s playing but it’s all catered around the main thing
you’re working on whether it’s socialization or whether,
you know, it’s giving them a place to act out things
that are happening at home. -Exactly. -So that’s really cool
-Yeah -That it’s the same, I mean, that’s how
you engage children. -Yes. You trick them. -Exactly. You trick them and they’ll work-
laughter -You trick them. I’m actually working
with them very hard. They just think they’re playing.
-Yeah -Which makes them want to come back
and always have a smile on their face. -Perfect, ’cause that seems like a little
play date. -Yeah! Exactly. They come in, they see my
toys and *shrugs It’s playtime! -Perfect!
-Yes! -Well, very cool! Well thank you so much for spending time
being on and sharing. -Sure. -We will be doing other videos together so if you haven’t checked out those ones, you’re gonna wanna look at those as well, and I hope to have you again! -Yes. -Bye! Subtitles by the Amara.org community


  1. I would like to specialize in adolescents when I graduate with my LPC and in my studies, if you're an adolescent therapist, normally you work with children too correct? Or can I just do adolescents?

    I had no idea what speech therapists did until my father had a stroke a few weeks ago.  I thought they only did speech and talking.  He's been seeing one and they've helped him so much!! Cognitive skills, etc.

  2. .hey Kati! Great video! I like when you do collab videos! Can you please either reference me to a video or talk about an IOP for eating disorders? My theropist is sending me to an evening IOP and I'm really nervous and am having a lot of anxiety if anyone has any tips please share:)

  3. hey +kati morton, i was wondering can you still get a job with visible scars? sorry to anyone in advanced for reading this! i am just curious! love your videos!! 😀

  4. I actually saw a speech-language pathologist for a few months when I was a kid, I believe it was because I was confusing "r" and "w" sounds. 🙂

  5. This woman seems really sweet. My speech therapist was mean to me as a kid. She worked through my school so my mom didn't have to pay but I remember her screaming at me when I would look away from her or tell me I need to stop being so afraid to talk to people. Yeah like screaming at me when I am nervous is gonna help me wanna talk. I never had a problem with talking like pronouncing words or knowing what they mean. I did have issues with understanding emotion as a kid so that may be why they sent me. I also just didn't want to talk because people are so mean. I still feel that way now but I learned how to hide it better than in my childhood.

  6. Love this video! I'm currently a junior in college studying to be a SLP. Can't wait to see more videos like this! 🙂

  7. I did speech therapy through my school up to when I was about 9 years old. It was a really nice experience, especially since I got to leave class once a week. Instead of being around the mean kids I was playing games with the nice therapist.

  8. As an SLP, I am so happy to see that you and Catherine are sharing information about our field. I hope that you will continue to share how speech therapy can help older children, adolescents and adults. Not many people know that we also play a role in social pragmatic, cognitive and swallowing disorders.

  9. My cousin's wife is a Speech Therapist and works with Autistic Children and is head of her program! I'm so happy and proud of her. She now has twins of her own and I can see them benefit from having a mom in the field.

  10. Hi Kati! I live in Ontario, Canada and have a 3 year old son. A lot of people make comments to us about how great his speech is, especially for his age, but we have someone in our life who says he can rarely understand what he is ever saying. When my son just turned 2 I asked our family doctor about speech therapy but he quickly dismissed it and reassured me that for his age his speech was absolutely fine.
    Should I be persistent and ask for a referral to a speech therapist or am I being overly neurotic?

  11. #KatiFAQ Hey Kati I don't know if this is going to make any sense but lately I've been thinking that I might be tricking myself and others into thinking that I'm trying to recover from my ED when honestly I don't think I'm ready for recovery.  I'm seeing a therapist and I'm going through the motions but in reality I haven't gotten better at all and I'm not really trying. Is it possible that my ED could be using therapy as a way to stick around? Thank you so much for all you do and I hope you have a lovely week!

  12. When I was in elementary school I think starting in first grade I had been doing speech therapy and never looked forward to missing class but it helped a lot because not only was I confusing my r's and w's but I also had a hard time with my t's and s's as well.

  13. Hey Katie How do you tell an adult that you are having sucidal thoughts and self harming but you feel anxious and worried and get really shaky when you want to tell them? What should I do?

  14. I also want to know more about select mutism. It's something that I am now realizing that I had as a child but was never diagnosed. I'm now 21 years old and still struggling with it. I'm wondering what I should do for treatment and who I should see.

  15. In Norway we have speech therapists in all elementary schools. My brother used to go to one when he was in grade 1-3.

  16. Hi Kati sorry if this is a silly question, but how did you get into therapy? What did you study and uni and how did you specialise? Thanks 🙂 xx

  17. #Katifaq Hey Kati, I seem to switch eating disorders during different seasons. For instance, during the summer, I struggle more with bulimia while during the school year I seem to have anorexia more. Is it normal to switch back and forth between eating disorders?

  18. #katifaq can you please do a video about dealing with stress and school… Not all of my stress comes from but it does contribute… I also have so so much trouble concentrating at school especially during tests and exams because of my depression and then stress makes it worse!!! I also have serious issues where I get so insanely stressed and then panic and end up running out of my classroom during a speech…. Do u have any tips for dealing with stress and serious concentration issues? I am too often halfway through saying or writing a sentence when suddenly I have no idea what my point was… I can even hold a conversation some days it's ridiculous!! I also have these issues when talking to my counsellor and my mind is just blank so much of the time!!

  19. #katijournaltopic
    what advice would you give to someone half your age?
    I love this because we are growing older each day and discovering new things about ourselves and the people around us, and sometimes that advice would have been useful back when you didn't know what you know now! its crazy looking back to that age and realising just how far you have come!! also realising that you have the experience and knowledge to pass on to someone who could be struggling just like you 🙂 x

  20. Hi, Katy. I have so many questions to ask to be honest as I am in the beginnings of treatment for anorexia and am sort of being tossed all over the place and everything is really up in the air. However I was journaling last night and made a really important discovery about myself. I think I tend to engage in self sabotage. I think it mainly stems from a fear of failure and a fear of not being in control. I think it has been going on for a long time as now looking back I can trace it back to when I was a little kid. For me personally I think I feared God's plan for my life and the bad things that could possibly come that I would try to almost "beat him to it" because at least then I would feel in control. I also feared good things happening to me because I would get so scared that it would be followed by a bad thing that I would ruin the first thing in order to avoid God's "punishments" for having it too easy. I always felt as if I had not been through enough and like I was going to be hurt because of this so I think I began sabotaging myself. I also wonder if I could have created my eating disorder for this reason..? Does that make it less of an ED? I was just wondering if you could possibly talk about this topic and why we self sabotage, what it is, and how to get out of it. I think it may be something that more people do than they think they do so I could see it being very helpful. or maybe this is just me and I'm weird and messed up… Will I ever be able to actually enjoy life with out feeling the need to do this? it makes me feel like an attention seeker and like I am never content in my life.

  21. I had speech therapy from when I was 18 months old till I was 12 years old, Also between that time I had it both inside of school and outside of school, so it had been in my life for a significant about of time. I got to know my speech therapist extremely well. This is part of my story I am good with, i wouldn't be able to speak hardly any. I can now say that I can and I am 21 years old now.

  22. I was in speech therapy from about age 3-9. I had a lisp and it got rid of that ^.^ i was in a group session at school. I had a lisp. We went 3 days a week I believe. We would play games but like it would be like hang man, and my speech therapist would give me a word with a lot of S's and I didn't even realize it was helping until I didn't have to go any more xD

  23. Hi Kati. I found your page about an hour ago and have a question for you! what do you do when you know someone is starving themselves or purging, specifically what do you do when you are not friends and do not have a close directed contact with that person? thank you! -Noelle

  24. #katifaq how do family and friends help or deal with someone with bipolar 2 especially newly diagnosed and not stable.

  25. Hi Kati, I'm wondering if you might be able to do a video on the topic of transference/attachments to therapists? I have been struggling with this for a while now and have only just come across the term "transference". I notice you have touched on it in one of your FAQ videos but it would be great if you could go a bit more in depth with it? Thank you! I love your videos xx

  26. When I was very young, I am not actually sure when but the one thing I remember is that my speech therapist asked me to try and touch my nose with my tongue and I couldn't do it and then when I left I remember saying to my mum 'she's a crazy lady, when do I go there again?' xD

  27. My therapist usually spends 2/3 to 4/5 of each session talking about her life, how she feels, her MBTI (ENTJ, apparently), etc., etc.. And I'm like… it's nice to hear about your life (and it really is), but I'm really hurting over here.. What should I do? Is it normal for therapists to talk so much? I spoke for only 2 or 3 minutes in our last session! She cuts me off all the time, and she rarely asks questions. Is that normal/okay? Is that just a type of "method"? Thanks

  28. Also, my therapist told me about her religious views, which made me uncomfortable, and that she thinks that "suicide is disgusting," after I had told her that I was having suicidal thoughts. At first I thought that she was exercising some kind of "tough love"… but I don't know… still feel uncomfortable with the whole thing. I don't feel like I can talk to her about those things anymore. Thinking about seeing someone else.

  29. My major is speech therapy but I have an accent so I'm not sure how efficient I'll be when it comes to helping people pronounce things lol

  30. I’m autistic and in Australia we’re getting this disability service called NDIS and I’m getting this soon

  31. I was thinking of becoming a speech therapist myself. I stopped after I received my BA in psych. Brains and beauty . awsome info

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