It is normal for kids to be nervous about coming to see a Speech Pathologist because they don’t know what to expect and may worry they are ‘bad’ or there is something ‘wrong’ with them. It may be helpful to explain that coming to see a Speech Pathologist is like seeing a doctor for your physical health; a Speech Pathologist can help with our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We see lots of children for all sorts of reasons.
Usually after the first visit, children will look forward to sessions and understand that they are in a safe place where they can enjoy being themselves, and talk about things they may find difficult. We will always try and use your child’s interests and strengths throughout the sessions to make them as enjoyable and engaging as possible.