Adapted from an
Find a Speech Language Pathologist by Maria Novak, M.A., Reg. CASLPRO,
CCC-SLP , written for the Apraxia-Kids website, http://www.apraxia-kids.org,
an informational website of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North
America (CASANA). Adapted with permission from CASANA.
Our adaptation reflects the needs of
a child with a hearing loss. These questions
are just a starting point for you to use. Depending on the child's needs, some questions
may be left out, changed, or others added. We encourage you to read
the original article first to understand the reasoning behind the questions,
then come back to read ours.
Questions for the Parents to ask:
- What is your educational background?
- Are you certified?
- How many years and what type of experience do you have?
- What additional training have you taken in therapy for the deaf?
- Do you continue to attend training courses/workshops?
- Which communication method(s) do you like to use when working with a
- If more than one method, what would influence your choice of one method
over another other for a child?
- How many children have you worked with who were deaf/hard of hearing?
- What are their ages, range of deafness?
- How many pre and post CI?
- How many have graduated from therapy?
- If the SLP does not have (enough) experience: Do you have a
supervisor/colleague who would act as a resource person to us?
- Do you consider the parent/caregiver to be an active part of the therapy
- What role does the parent/caregiver play during the therapy sessions?
- What role do you expect the parent/caregiver to play between therapy
- What parent/caregiver training do you provide?
- What would help he parent/caregiver be an effective team member?
- What information do you have/what books would you recommend the parent to
- How do you match therapy to the child's interests?
- What would be your plan of action if our child was your client?
- Do you have some current deaf/hoh client families I could talk to?
- Any who have recently finished therapy with you that I could talk to?
Questions for the SLPs to ask:
- What would be helpful for me to know about you
and your family?
- What communication method(s) do you use at home?
- Who in the home uses which methods?
- Who lives in the home with the child?
- What are your hopes, dreams, goals for the child over the next months or
- What are your child's hopes, fears, and goals for therapy?
- Have you had bad therapy experiences? What were they and why?
- Does your child/family have issues other than deafness?
- What are your child's interests?
- Does your child have a clear learning style? What is it?
- What can I do to help prepare you to be an active part of the therapy