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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Survey Sneak Peek

Published July 3, 2012 9:48 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
A few weeks ago I posted on this blog a link for parents to give their complete, honest and anonymous feedback regarding their child's experience with Birth to 5 Early Intervention Services through my EI Parent Survey. This survey will be available for just a few more weeks and I encourage parents to take the survey and pass it along to other parents so that we as therapists can gain vital information about the EI process from a parent's perspective. One of the best ways to improve the EI process for families as well as advance the therapy we provide is to hear directly from the parents and children we service. The survey itself will only take about 5-10 minutes of your time. We need your straightforward and sincere responses to help make changes and improvements wherever necessary in the EI process!

Prior to posting the survey on the blog, I sent the list of questions to several parents who I know through working in EI. They graciously agreed to complete the survey and send me their feedback. As I have stated in our last several posts, much of the information gathered from our survey will be posted here on the blog. Today I would like to share with readers a "sneak peak" of some of the priceless information provided from parents who have already completed the survey.

One of the last questions asked in the survey is: If you were to offer advice to parents who are just embarking upon the early intervention experience with their child, what would it be?

The following are just some of the responses/advice that parents have already offered through the survey:

  • Don't be afraid to use EI services as fully as possible! Many parents are hesitant because they think it's for welfare families only and I wish the state could make that portrayal change. Ask as many questions as possible so that you fully understand how to help your child. Don't be afraid to re-evaluate his service plan if you don't feel that it's working for your child and your family.
  • EI Birth to 3 is a wonderful experience. I watched the therapists work with my children so intensely to help them succeed. It may seem like a frightening experience but not only will they help you along the way but they are there to help your children.
  • Do not be afraid of it. It is a tremendous resource and a very important way to educate yourself as a parent.
  • To learn the law and what it states for your child, educate yourself on your child's disorder so you can be on the same page with the therapist. Focus on what you can do to help your child achieve, and carry over homework of what the therapist does with your child is soooo important. The therapist is only there for one hour. Incorporating the therapy into everyday life will be most beneficial for your child

To take our Early Intervention Parent Survey, please click here.

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Festive July 4th! Happy Independence Day, America!


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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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