I'm having mixed feelings about this.
SOME of what you wrote concerns me, and some of what you wrote is very much age-appropriate and wouldn't concern me at all. I really would not want to venture an opinion without seeing him. My gut feeling is that an SLP did see him and raise concerns, so given that I do think it's valid to consider there might be issues.
But ... I feel like professionally she is jumping the gun talking to you about her hourly rate. First step is an evaluation and determine whether or not he qualifies. She shouldn't be signing anyone up for therapy without an evaluation (I'd be willing to say she screened him and judged that an evaluation is warranted) so she's way ahead of herself. I also question whether it is a conflict of interest for her to work with him seeing that she works at your daughter's school - it would be in my case and I wouldn't touch him. People have been fired for situations that were somewhat similar. So I am not sure I would go with her to be honest.
But - I do think you've had a screening and have cause to worry. I wouldn't bother with the pediatrician because I can promise you s/he will tell you to wait given what you went through in the past. I think it is worth a call to Early Intervention (which is always free for an evaluation and in some states therapy is free, and in others it is not - but private speech therapy, unlike EI, is never free unless the therapist is doing it out of charity). EI can't qualify just any kid who walks through the door, unlike a private therapist who can take anyone willing to pay. So if he does qualify for EI, you will know he needs it.
And yes, ALWAYS ask for credentials and references if you have any concerns. There are people in my city who have passed themselves off as SLPs when they did not have the proper license or certification. And there are others who I would not give a good reference for.
Last edited by Gwenn; 05-14-2014 at 08:01 PM.
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