Interviewing Parents - Part Two
Today's post is a continuation of the last, published on Friday, October 31st
. Before beginning the main post however, I wanted to address our readers directly regarding two topics of importance:
- The first is a reminder that today is Election Day!! Consider this announcement some friendly encouragement to get out and VOTE!! As we all know, it is our right and responsibility as American citizens and it is extremely important to me personally, so I wanted to cheer on our readers to EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT to VOTE!!
- The second is a reminder that this blog was created to serve the Early Intervention community. Therefore, I am asking our readers to continue writing in with specific questions, as well as requests for issues that YOU would like to see highlighted, addressed and discussed. This will help me plan ahead for future posts and know what topics are most important to our readers.
Now, on to our post! Below is a continuation of the list of questions therapists can use when conversing with parents/daycares:
- Birth order - Is the child the youngest in the family or are they an only child? Do they have other children to converse with?
- If they have siblings, do the other siblings talk for them?
- Does the family tend to "baby" the child? Is every need anticipated so that the child does not need to talk?
- What is the family's schedule? Are they a very busy family and are opportunities for communication lacking?
- Is the family bilingual? Sometimes, even if the parents are bilingual, the child will spend their days with family members who are not; therefore the child is not being exposed to English consistently. Also, many bilingual families will naturally speak in their native language when together. Often, the only time the child is hearing English is during your therapy sessions! Long term, it is wonderful for the child to be bilingual; however the process of learning two languages is often very confusing and overwhelming any child, especially those with a communication disorder.
- Are the child's basic needs being met? (Think of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs ) Is the child eating and sleeping normally? Are they safe at home/daycare? Is there any abuse or neglect happening? Overall growth will often suffer when these basic building blocks are not in place.
- Is the family struggling financially? Does the family have health insurance? Sometimes families will postpone medical care (i.e. such as ear tubes and visiting specialists) if they are unable to afford it. Encourage these families to seek free health care for their child if available in your state.
Join us Friday when we take a look at questions regarding cognition and play skills, language and social skills as well as sensory and oral motor concerns!