October 11, 2011By Christine Giles, MS, CCC-SLP
Trust your own judgment… As I contemplate what I want to write about for this blog entry many things come to mind, however there is one thought that keeps replaying based on something that happened this weekend… Trust Your Own Judgment.
Parents, mothers especially, have been given an innate ability that I believe arrives the moment they hold that precious newborn in their arms, the gift of intuition. I am alarmed at how many parents often second guess their own thoughts and feelings when faced with making an important decision for the health/ well-being of their own child because of an “opinion” of a friend, physician, or website. This weekend, I spoke with a parent who brought up some concerns about language development. She mentioned that she had viewed the development chart on our website and was concerned about her child’s speech development and wanted to see what I thought.
My professional opinion about his expressive language was offered, however she then turned me down by stating, “My pediatrician told me to not be concerned about speech until the age of 6.”
“Wow,” I thought to myself. To think that this parent believes that her concerns about her child should be ignored until age 6 really baffles me! Obviously, she believes there is something wrong because she asks the opinion of an SLP who gives research based statistical information, but then she throws it aside because of a mere “opinion” by someone who has M.D. My heart really went out to this mother who may miss this window of opportunity for her child due to ignoring her own feelings and intuition because of 1 opinion. It makes me wonder that if she would’ve been this passive about something more serious. What if she had asked her doctor, “Should I get my child’s ears tested because it doesn’t seem as if he is hearing well?” Would she take the opinion of her doctor if he/ she would have told her to wait another year, or would she have sought the professional advice and evaluation of someone trained to evaluate hearing.
The point I am trying to make is, trust what you believe to be what is best for your child. Do what makes sense. As a professional in the field of Speech Pathology, I can tell you without a doubt in my heart that the best thing for your child is early intervention if language and speech is not developing appropriately. You will be glad you did.
Christine Giles, MS, CCC-SLP is a practicing therapist as well as the owner of Creative Therapy Works, LLC. She earned an undergraduate degree at The Florida State University with a major in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science degree from The University of Wyoming in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been actively practicing therapy in schools, pediatric hospitals, private settings, home health, rehabilitation facilities, and skilled nursing facilities since 2002.