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Worth Repeating: Guidelines for Choosing a Speech-Language Pathologist

Editor’s Note: This article was written for parents and guardians. We offer it here for you that you might share it with the adults caring for the kiddos that you treat.
By: Toby Stephan (with suggestions from numerous Hanen Certified speech-language pathologists), Hanen Instructor and Hanen US Representative
When your child has been diagnosed with a language delay, perhaps the first question that comes to mind is, “Now what?” As a parent, you want to make sure you know what steps to take next. You want to move in a direction that will help your child learn to communicate more effectively and you want to move in this direction with confidence. You shouldn’t feel alone when looking for answers. Choosing the right therapist can help you begin to answer the “Now what?” question in a way that makes the most sense for your family and your child. So, a more specific question that could be answered is “What should I look for in a speech-language pathologist or therapist?”
To help you answer this more specific question, The Hanen Centre polled a number of Hanen trained speech-language pathologists around the globe to find out what they suggest a parent should look for when choosing the right therapist. Below is a compilation of what these therapists had to say.
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