As speech-language pathologists, we learn very quickly that saying goodbye becomes part of our job. I’ve seen thousands of children and I still have a hard time saying goodbye. Although goodbyes can be difficult for us, the clients and families we serve may feel even more stress and loss. I’ve noticed over years of working with families that there is a process I call the “goodbye phenomenon.”
You may notice a parent acting differently than they usually behave. A parent or caregiver with great attendance may start missing appointments, might seem less friendly, or has less to say during sessions. I work with children of all ages, but I notice this phenomenon more often in my work with early-intervention families.