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Is your child receiving speech therapy? Here are a few tips:
- Stay in the loop about what’s going on at school. Make sure your child is bringing home his homework. Find out how your child’s teacher communicates information and stay informed.
- Set aside a quiet place and time for homework and sleep. These are crucial, not only for school success, but also for helping your child learn to self-regulate independently someday. Your child will most likely need to do her speech homework with you, because speech is a social activity.
- If your child has difficulty with unexpected situations, stay on top of future schedule changes by getting a copy of the school calendar. Discuss upcoming holidays and prepare your child about what to expect.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone. There are parent support networks and groups in most areas. Find out who your school social worker is and ask them about resources around you.
- Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask when you don’t understand something about your child’s speech therapy services, or if you have a concern. You are an important part of your child’s team. Find out what you can do at home to help your child make progress in speech therapy. Trust me, your child’s therapist will appreciate your involvement. We like to see kids make progress!
- Find time to practice speech skills. Be creative- I have some families that practice speech in the car on the way home. Ask your child’s therapist to help you with setting up a home practice program. Find a way to integrate the practice into your family’s daily life. Believe me, it will be worth it.
Websites and apps that you might find helpful:
Read more here about websites and apps that can be helpful for speech therapy and practicing skills. Please consult with a local speech-language pathologist who knows your child before making purchases or starting a home practice program. This will help you and your child to have a positive and successful experience together. Practicing something without the proper instruction could result in frustration and make the problem more difficult.
If you have any concerns about your child, please discuss them with your child’s health care provider, teacher, and speech-language pathologist. Since comments on this site and on social media are publicly viewed, please be careful about what information you share. Also, if you are interested in the newsletter or store at Tween Speech Therapy, please be aware that these are intended for professional speech-language pathologists because of the training required to use the materials. While I discourage parents from directly accessing these sections, you can feel free to share this site with your child’s therapist.
Have a blessed day and take care!