When in doubt, refer OUT!! ❗️🤔
Advocacy and Awareness May 01, 2019
As therapists we are ethically bound to identify areas that are outside of our scope of practice or areas of expertise. Therefore, we must be humble enough to admit areas that do not correspond to our
When to refer to other professionals❓ We must be aware of areas that are not within our scope. For instance, a referral to an Occupational Therapist is required as the client experiences deficits in fine motor activities, and sensory skills. A Neurologist referral might be indicated when a client presents changes in cognitive skills 🧠 or when the clinician identifies red flags 🚩 for developmental or intellectual disorders .
When to refer to other Speech-Language Pathologists ❓SLPs cover a wide range of disorders and areas. We are bound to be competent in as many areas within our profession as possible🤓. However, if we do not have sufficient clinical experience in an area (i.e., stuttering), then we will service our client by referring this client to an SLP that specializes in this area and is able to provide the best treatment possible.
Let’s put our detective hats on and be humble enough to seek other professionals in order to provide the best treatment for our clients. After all, we are ethically bound to do so 😉