How much interaction do child psychologists get with their clients?

Question by dilila_may: How much interaction do child psychologists get with their clients?
Do they just run test? i am looking towards a career in either child psychology or speech language pathology. i would like to work hands on with clients for the majority of the time i am at work.

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Answer by senlin
Both child psychologists and speech pathologists spend a considerable amount of time in direct contact with their clients. The testing aspect might be predominant in a field such as school psychology or neuropsychology, but in clinical psychology (depending on the setting) psychologists engage in direct treatment with children and their families.

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  1. Candise said,

    Wrote on November 6, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    I can’t comment much on the child psychologists, but I can comment on SLPs. SLPs also run many standardized tests due to needing them for “eligibility” purposes and to get a sense of where the child is at “developmentally”. SLP is very, very hands on with clients, and depending on what type of scenario you choose to work in, you may be more involved then others. SLP is a great field, but keep in mind that it is a very demanding degree as you spend quite a bit of time in Clinic, internships, and your fellowship. Try doing some observations of each to get a feel for what you like better.

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