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How long will my child need therapy?

Depending on your child’s speech, language or feeding goals the amount of time your child may require therapy will differ greatly.

A child with minor articulation errors may require therapy for 6 months to a year while a child with a more severe language disorder may require on-going speech and language therapy for many years.

Even when comparing children with similar speech and language characteristics rate of progress will vary. The reason for this is differences in personality, family lifestyle/priorities as well as the duration and frequency of the sessions. All of these factors will impact progress.

If a therapist reports how long therapy will take prior to working with your child you should be very wary.

About the author: Isa Marrs is a board-certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in articulation, pragmatic language and feeding disorders in children. She is an expert in the field who is frequently sought after by institutions and therapists to provide training for working with these and other disorders. Isa also served as a guest expert on Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect.com, and has been quoted by numerous top media such as Disney’s BabyZone.com, LoveToKnow.com, and Univision. She can be reached at 914.488.5282

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