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