Ooh, Nutella. I was so stressed about my trigger shot this weekend that I went straight to the kitchen for some Tuscan bread and nutella after I was done. Mmm.
I give a lot of advice all day, so I'm kind of used to pissing parents off, but I try not to say anything in social circles unless I am asked. I'm pretty straight when I am asked, though.
But as far as early intervention goes, it depends on the issue. If a child is over three and not talking, I don't care about the long term outcome to be honest. It's the benefits in the short term such as fewer tantrums and other behavioral effects of good language intervention that make such a difference in the life of the parents and child in the short term that it's worth it. Even if the child would have gone on to graduate from Harvard with no intervention at all. Or even especially in that case. But if a parent isn't interested, they won't benefit much anyway so there probably isn't much point.
Then again, I really could care less about how well they pronounce things. At work today I had a bit of a vent because one of the screeners, who is brand new to the profession, is only screening for pronunciation and then I get the child and he can't even meaningfully talk -and she said nothing about it. I am certain there have been similar kids she has passed because they were easy to understand. Apparently the result of my vent is that another SLP had a talk with her about it and told her she needed to use her clinical judgment and look at the big picture, not the small picture. Apparently she cried. Which made me feel wonderful. But it needed to be said.
Chrissy, congrats on the new job! I think that was a very positive step forward for you.
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