Congratulations on growing your family! As you welcome your child into their forever home, you may find that they would benefit from the services offered by a speech-language pathologist (SLP). A fully licensed SLP is able to address any of the following concerns you may have about your child:
- Expressive and receptive language delays
- Articulation delays
- Feeding disorders
- Literacy delays
- Social skills deficits
- Fluency disorders
- Voice disorders
If your child has special needs such as a genetic syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, cleft palate, or traumatic brain injury, seek a prescription for a speech therapy evaluation as soon as possible. Also, if your child does not have verbal language, consult an SLP about candidacy for an Augmentative and Assistive Communication device (AAC).
Children that are adopted internationally may benefit from more frequent evaluations performed at three month intervals to monitor development as rapid receptive and expressive language acquisition would be expected. It may also be recommended that even if you do not have immediate concerns about your child’s speech and language abilities, that you have them evaluated annually for the first 2-3 years as language and literacy deficits may manifest at any point upon arriving home.
Speech therapy is an excellent service to help connect your new family by assisting your child in overcoming communication barriers, noncompliant behaviors, and social interactions with new siblings. Contact your pediatrician today to find out how an SLP can help your family.
Erin Samsell M.S.,CCC-SLP
For more information and assistance finding a speech therapist in your area, contact Anna Hull.
Erin Samsell works for BPT Kidz, serving children and families in Stuart, Virginia and surrounding areas. BPT Kidz provides speech, occupational, and physical therapies and have adoption-trained therapists on staff. Go to their Facebook page for more information!