Preparing For Your Visit
Your first visit to our clinic will be spent performing an evaluation, in which we will ask you several questions, including your goals and concerns.
- For cognitive and speech evaluations, you may be asked to answer problem solving questions and repeat words or phrases geared at identifying the problem areas.
- For swallowing studies, you will be asked to eat small portions of several foods and beverages to determine which areas of difficulty you may have.
- If you are having a modified barium swallow test (MBSS), you will be checking in at the admitting desk and be brought to the diagnostic imaging department where your speech therapist will meet you. You do not need to modify your diet prior to this test.
- If you are being seen for a clinical swallowing assessment, your appointment will be at the outpatient therapies clinic.You do not need to modify your diet prior to this test.
You will also need to bring your picture ID, insurance card, and medication list (if you have one) to your first appointment.
If possible, it is also helpful to bring a family member, significant other, or friend to your first appointment to help remember what is talked about and help you with your home program.
At your initial appointment, we ask you to fill out a general history form, sign a consent for treatment, and provide insurance information. We do ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your initial evaluation to fill out the necessary paperwork, or fill out this information at home and bring it with you to your first appointment.
We ask that a parent or adult guardian attend the evaluation to help gather all pertinent information so we can create the best plan of care.
The waiting room is a shared area with other patients, hospital visitors and staff. We ask that you routinely arrive on-time for your appointments to take allow you to participate in all of the activities your therapist has planned. You should expect to be seen promptly at your scheduled appointment time. If your therapist has not come out for you by 5 minutes after your scheduled treatment time, please inform the front desk staff. Our treatment sessions are typically 45 minutes long per therapy, but may be tailored to your child’s needs. If you have concerns about waiting in our shared waiting room, let us know ahead of time so we can find a private room or semi-private area for you to wait.
During and after your session, there is typically no worsening of symptoms, including pain. In some neurological conditions, there is an element of fatigue that exists after a more strenuous therapy session. Your therapist will explain these expectations during your session.
You will be expected to perform exercises and other activities appropriate to your diagnosis between therapy sessions. These will be followed up on at each visit.