The length of time you need to see a Speech Therapist really depends on the reason you are attending therapy. Some communication or swallowing difficulties only involve a few visits to the Speech Therapists, with some follow-up sessions to monitor progress.
The majority of our clients, particularly children with communication difficulties, attend therapy for several years. Communication doesn’t involve just one goal to be achieved. It’s not like toilet-training. Once a person is toilet-trained, they have that skill for life. With communication development, the goal-posts are constantly shifting.
We can work on a child’s oral communication skills (talking) in the preschool years, but we can’t start working on written language until he or she gets to school.
We can work on basic grammar and vocabulary in the preschool years and early primary years, but we can’t really start working on high level thinking tasks and abstract language until a child is older. Throughout school, apprenticeships, TAFE, and university the communication demands keep on changing. It is the job of the Speech Therapist to help a client manage all of these changing demands.
Some of our clients are now in their 20s and have been coming since they were 3 years old. We are now helping them manage job interviews!