While there have never been more speech and language therapists in Birmingham covering every imaginable specialism, this doesn’t mean a random approach should be taken when choosing who to work with. And is the case across each and every industry and business sector in existence, quality standards and capabilities in general vary enormously from one provider to the next. And given the fact that what you are seeking his assistance with a matter of extreme importance, settling for second best really isn’t an option.
Of course, all parents set out with the best intentions and only have the best interests of their children at heart. Nevertheless, it is surprisingly easy to fall foul of a variety of common mistakes, which can result in taking a service provider that may in fact not be best suited for the job at hand.
So to assist those currently in the process of seeking a child speech and language therapist, what follows is a quick rundown of six of the most common (yet highly regrettable) mistakes to avoid at all costs:
1 – Rushing Your Decision
First of all, while the matter is of course one of a certain degree of urgency and you’d prefer not to hang around, you must be careful not to fall into the trap of rushing your decision. The reason being that when you prioritise time over and above everything else, you lose sight of what really matters – quality. It technically it shouldn’t take you a great deal of time to narrow down the available options to a select few that can offer your child the most outstanding assistance possible. Just be sure to ask yourself before making your final decision whether you selected this particular provider on merit, or in accordance with time and convenience alone.
2 – Not Seeking Recommendations
Even if you do not personally have any family members or friends that are able to offer their own recommendations, there are plenty to be found online. These days, the vast majority of leading service providers publish reviews, feedback, testimonials and recommendations left by their past and present clients, for the benefit of new customers. If this isn’t the case, you can always request feedback directly, or use a search engine to find out what’s being said about the provider in question. In some instances, what you find turns out to be quite revealing.
3 – Overlooking Specialism
As there are so many different types of childhood speech and language disorders, not all therapists and treatment providers specialise in the same areas. A high quality treatment centre will usually cover the vast majority of requirements, but when it comes to individual therapists and treatment providers, experience and specialism can vary enormously from one to the next. So rather than simply making the assumption that they will be both experienced and capable in your required specialism, it’s a good idea to find out for sure.
4 – Overlooking Compatibility
A simple point but an important point nonetheless, it is extremely difficult to get maximum value and benefit out of any given course of treatment if you do not have full confidence and trust in the treatment provider. So many parents fail to take into account simple compatibility – as in the way they themselves and their child are able to ‘get on’ with the treatment provider. If you clash in any way, you may find it almost impossible to work with them.
5 – Focusing Only on Price
What’s important to remember when it comes to price is that there is a very big difference between low prices and value for money. It is perfectly possible for any given service provider to promise and deliver the lowest prices on the market – this does not necessarily mean that they are offering any kind of quality whatsoever. Value for money must be evaluated by way of what your child and you as parents can expect to get out of the deal. If there is a chance to provide your child with the most fantastic treatment on the market which in turn offers the best possible prognosis, it’s a small price to pay – whatever the price.
6 – Not Asking Enough Questions
Last but not least, there will inevitably be more you do not understand about speech and language therapy than you are aware of. The treatment provider you choose will offer a great deal of advice, support and instructions as to how you can help, but it is also your responsibility to ensure you ask as many questions as necessary to clarify any gaps in your knowledge. This is a perfect example of an instance where there is no such thing as asking the wrong questions or too many questions – the more you know, the more helpful you can be every step of the way.