Looking for autism speech therapy ideas to help your child at home? Here are a few tips on where to start to find out exactly which activities are best for her.
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 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 tailored 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 a 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 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 autism speech therapy ideas you’ll be getting as you observe your child’s sessions will be tailored to meet his needs. 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 there are probably some children with autism who don’t get speech training. Therapy can be quite expensive if your child doesn't receive services at school.
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, the ideas on this site can help to boost your child’s results. I welcome you to come back here since we have more autism speech therapy ideas for you to find.
You can give your child a lot of help on your own even
without a professional speech therapist.
You can also check out this Speech Therapy Guide for Parents of Children With Autism by teach.com. If you can't get a professional therapist to help you, then the next best thing is to learn on your own how to help your child.
With so many resources available on the web, you can do this, Mom and Dad!
And as they rightly state on their site, you are well-qualified to teach your child and to give her the help she needs, because you know her better than anyone else. So I encourage you not to give up!
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