Speech Therapy Ideas:  Finding Activities that Work Best for Your Child

Do you need speech therapy ideas for giving your child extra practice at home? Here are a few tips on where to start to find out exactly which activities are best for her.

So if you’ve read my article on why practicing speech with your child every day at home is very important, you know that doing this can really speed up her progress. Click here if you haven’t seen that article.

The first question that may come to your mind is,


"Where Do I Start?"

If you are ready to give your child this extra help, the best way to learn where to begin is to sit in on her sessions with the speech therapist, if at all possible.

Before I did this, I needed some guidance, too. Observing our therapist gave me an education in speech therapy.

But it wasn’t an education in speech therapy for just anyone.  It was an education in speech therapy designed for my son. 

And that’s exactly what I needed.

If you have other small children with you, or if there is some other reason this isn’t possible, try to watch her therapy sessions from an observation room. Many if not most therapists have an room next door to the therapy room just for this purpose.

Even if you can observe only occasionally, this will help you know better how to work with your child at home. 

But the more you can see what her therapist does, the better.


"Why Should I Observe My Child's Speech Therapy?"

  • You will learn what types of activities the therapist uses to reach the goals.
  • You will be able to learn first-hand how you can effectively carry out these activities with your child.

  • If you are sitting in, you can ask questions at the end of the session. (Note: Do not interrupt the session to ask questions.)


Speech Therapy Ideas I Learned From Our Therapist

Here are just some of the techniques I have learned by observing my son's therapy.

  • Helpful ways to encourage natural conversation or interaction
  • How to turn any game into therapy
  • Ways to use reinforcement or rewards for good work
  • What types of activities work best for my son
  • Know-how of when and how far to push him to achieve a goal or to complete a task
  • Speech therapy ideas I can use at home with my child
  • How to present activities in an effective and encouraging way

I often pattern my activities at home by what our therapist does during C's time with her each week. The therapist also writes up new goals for him every six months which I get a copy of to consult at home. I can use these goals as guidelines for activities I should be doing with him.

The speech therapy ideas you’ll be getting as you observe your child’s sessions will be tailored to meet his needs.  And once you’ve seen what his therapist is doing each week, you’ll have a better idea of how to pick out even more activities to meet his goals.


"What If My Child Doesn't Get Speech Therapy?"

I realize that there are probably some children with autism who don’t get speech therapy. 

If this describes your situation, then that’s all the more reason that this site can help you, too.

Whether your child gets professional speech therapy or not, this site can help to boost your child’s results.  You can come back here to find lots more speech therapy ideas that I’ll be posting in the weeks to come.

But first, I would highly recommend that you check out my articles on teaching strategies and goals to get you started.  From there, you can read through everything that I’ll be posting.

You can give your child a lot of help on your own even without a professional speech therapist.

And soon I’ll be asking you for your speech therapy ideas, too. I’m really looking forward to that, so stay tuned.  I expect to have that capability up in the very near future.


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