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
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