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Choosing a therapist is a very important aspect of your child’s care and can have a large impact on overall improvement. Some therapists have certain beliefs about therapy based on their experience or what they've learned, and it may impact their treatment plan. A good guide to ensure you're choosing a therapist with proven strategies is to find out if they use evidenced based practices (EBP). A therapist who utilizes evidenced based research in their therapy plan uses decision-making therapy strategies where implementing therapy is based on the best available research, experience and resources while also taking into consideration patient needs and preferences.
In some instances, the therapist may choose you. In most public school systems, there are well-trained capable therapists including occupational, physical and speech therapists hired by the county. These therapists are held to state and national standards of care including using evidence-based decision making in therapy goals for your child. In general, these therapists work together as a team to benefit the children they serve. They are trained to work together with your child’s teacher using the traditional IEP (Individual Education Plan) to meet your child’s goals.
Here are some general guidelines and questions you can ask yourself when choosing a therapist:
What guidelines or questions have you asked yourself to ensure you're picking the right therapist for your child?