The Importance of a Multi-Disciplinary Team
One of the benefits of working in a school is the interaction between the various disciplines. I work with a fabulous team of occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologist, social worker, and special educators. We are able to look at a child and each use a different perspective to help aid that child’s ability to learn. Frequently, I find myself asking the physical therapist for advice on positioning and going to the occupational therapist for ideas on how to have a child better focus on reading and writing tasks. They come to me to learn about speech and language milestones and how to phrase questions to get better responses from their students.
This week, I had the opportunity to visit another important member of the multi-disciplinary team: the audiologist. I am sure you remember your hearing screenings throughout the school years, but how many of you have actually been to an audiologist? A visit to the audiologist is an important first step for any child with speech and language delays. Just imagine what it sounds like to listen to someone’s voice when you are underwater–hearing muffled voices can make learning to speak a very difficult task for a 2-year-old! Recurrent ear infections, build-up of earwax, and reflux should all be followed up with a visit to an audiologist.
During my visit with audiologist Dr. Shirley Pollack, she walked me through the entire process of an audiological exam. She takes a thorough case history, builds rapport with children, and makes test results “real” for children and their families. Her office also provides Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) testing for children over 5. I’m glad to have added another member to my multi-disciplinary team!
Look out for future postings with interviews with my team members!
For more information on audiological exams or language delays, contact Jocelyn M. Wood