A good waitress communicates, well, tells you the specials and maybe how long something will take to make.
A good waitress knows her customer so well that they can remember what kinds of foods you like and maybe recommend something else around your taste buds. She remembers your name and asks how you’ve been and demonstrates a genuine interest in what has been going on for you personally. A good waitress asks you how you like your eggs and steak cooked, if she doesn’t already know. She offers you choices. She customizes your order to meet your needs.
Conversely, there is also nothing worse than a waitress telling you that something you ordered is not good for you – or assuming you want something “light” from the menu.
As speech therapists, we also should not impose our opinions about family dynamics that have nothing to do with us.
We may have a style of speech therapy all our own, but we need to also personalize that style to best fit the needs of the family and child. We need to ask questions to understand better and communicate what we are doing. We should not be imposing our values on families just supporting them.
Just like a good waitress takes customized orders on the customer’s preferences, a good speech therapist consider the personal entrees and human sides of our clients’ lives.