What do You Wish you Would Have Known?

What do wish you would have known

Back when I did my reader survey, I had several requests on information about what to expect from speech therapy. I am consulting with some colleagues for this post but also am looking for information from PARENTS to help me write this series as well. If you are a parent or an SLP, I’d LOVE some input. Specifically:


  • What do you wish you would have known about speech therapy before you started? 
  • What do you WANT to know about speech therapy? What specific questions would you want answered from this topic?

From SLPs:

  • What do you want parents to know/understand about speech therapy? Specifically in the many different types of settings?

Any other comments/questions are welcome. You can leave this information in the comments section or email me at katie@playingwithwords365.com. I will not be publishing any of your comments or your names….just looking for some feedback to help me make these posts as informational as possible!



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  1. says

    I wish I would have known the power of sign language and visual aids! When he was younger his EEG pattern resembled LKS – which is known to interfere with the brain’s ability to interpret spoken language. And yet…we (meaning myself and his team) tried and tried and tried to help him understand spoken language and speak vocally. Our focus was on speech rather than communication. Sign language was really just an after thought. I wish we would have focused more on the signs and the visuals. Looking back it’s clear to see that I was more concerned with his ability to speak than communicate…when really what I craved all the time was just communication! Seeing him thrive now with visual aids is wonderful…and bittersweet.

    On the same line, I wish someone would have come alongside me and helped guide me on where to start (like a simple yes/no board) with the visual aids. I’ve learned a lot on my own…but the learning curve is steep and I feel like so much time (and laminating paper! :) was wasted.

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  2. Nikki says

    I work in a medical facility and see pediatric outpatients. I wish my parents would know that my office is much like a doctor’s office in that sometimes you may have to wait. rest assured, if I’m running late for your child’s appt. that means I’m taking extra time with the child/parent before which in turn means I will do the same for your child when needed. And, parents who diligently work on the homework I send home have children that make faster progress regardless of the severity of disorder. I care for and treat each of my patients as I would my own children, so I worry about them and want the best for them. I wish parents understood that fact sooner into the course of treatment.