I just need a bit of advice from someone in the know please! (Either user or professional!).
My impression is (lay person, not needed speech therapy with any of the children till possibly now) that in the UK the attitude is far less intervention biassed than here... and my own current view on that is that's probably a good thing.
But I need to know whether my instinct is right, and if I am right - whether that is mainly because the NHS has funding issues that influence the policy, or whether intervention here is earlier because they expect most people to be covered by med ins and therefore they can pick something in pretty much most children to work on whereas actually intervention, or making an issue out of it, isn't really necessary...
I am a bit defensive on this issue when it comes to my DS3 because he was a late talker. Had a lot of things said about it by "helpful" relatives, and it has really given me a complex in terms of not wanting to share any information with them about him / his devt etc. As it turns out he was simply (as we thought, but our instinct was questioned) a late talker, and we knew all along his understanding and comprehension was excellent. When he did start talking, his speech was complicated from the start, he simply missed out the earlier stages of gradually one or two words, then vocab expansion etc. We talked to a friend in the UK who's a speech therapist for children and were encouraged at the time by what we shared with her, and her advice - which like I say was less interventive, and gave us a bit of confidence back.
Anyway. He still has consonant issues, though I am certain they are age appropriate. Other people understand him, he isn't shy, doesn't stutter, etc. But I have decided to go to a speech pathologist here just to check we are on the right track. He's nearly 4.
My next concern is that they all seems so commercial. I am going to Talk Speech Pathology, and I just get the impression they probably give everyone a program and are unlikely to say "yes he's fine, no help needed". We do have med ins, but I object to the "insurance will pay so it doesn't matter" culture. We already had that with one orthodontist, and I took a second opinion and it was far more sensible than the first.
Anyway. I have my appointment on Thursday morning, and would be grateful if anyone who has experience of both UK and Aus systems can give me some advice / pointers / political perspective on this please?!! Thanks so much.