Knowing how to speak eloquently and properly is an important part of making good, strong first impressions.
Speech impediments, voice issues, and fluency problems can put a huge damper on not only a person’s ability to influence others, but also on their levels of self confidence and self esteem.
This is especially the case if they’re allowed to progress or worsen over time. The right speech pathologists can help.
However, knowing that speech pathologists are the right choice for you, your loved one, or your child and actually choosing the correct professional for the job can be two different animals altogether.
Here are some qualities to look for in the ones you consider.
Solid Credentials and Strong Work Experience
All of the best speech pathologists come attached to rock solid credentials when it comes to formal education and training. Don’t be afraid to ask the candidates you’re considering about theirs. You should also look into a given professional’s background in regard to relevant work experience.
Speech pathology can cover a lot of different areas, so it’s important to make sure that your choice has a long history of helping individuals with your unique set of issues or concerns. For instance, if you’re looking to overcome speech problems caused by a cleft palate, choose someone with a track record of success at helping people with that issue.
Positive Consumer Reviews
Consumer reviews and customer feedback aren’t just options reserved for CDs, books, or movies! Even speech pathologists have reviews out there attached to their name, so it’s to your benefit to use them to research a given individual’s reputation before making your final decision. You can ask local people you know for their opinions if you happen to know anyone who’s been to a speech therapist before or who has a child who has. You can also scour the internet for opinions in regards to some of the most popular choices.
A Great Attitude
Last but definitely not least, the best speech pathologists have positive attitudes and a natural ability to keep people encouraged, even when the going gets rough in regards to progress. Make sure you like the “bedside manner” attached to a given option. If a certain professional is gruff, impatient, or just doesn’t seem to be a fit for your personality, then you would really do better to keep looking. In the end, you’ll be glad you did!