Speech therapy for autism can be wonderful for our kids when they see a therapist once or twice a week. And that's great, but is it enough?
Just imagine how they could progress if we practiced with them every day at home.
We all want our kids to improve their speech. If they’re not talking, our goal is for them to learn to talk. And most kids with autism who are talking need help improving their ability to communicate.
A little time spent each day can reinforce what your child has learned during time with the therapist.
Your situation could be like ours was. My son went to speech therapy once a week.
He had a great speech therapist who knew what she was doing.
But most therapists will tell you that speech practice once a week just isn’t enough, no matter how good the therapy is.
If we want our children to improve, they need some practice with speech every day. And for many of us, that means working with them at home.
You might be thinking, “But my child already gets therapy every day at school.”
If that's your situation, then your child is very blessed indeed!
But summer and holiday breaks can cause children to lose some of the skills they gained while in school.
You can help them stay in practice and even progress further during holiday breaks. You don’t want them to forget or lose the skills they have worked so hard to learn.
But what if your child doesn’t receive these services? Speech therapy can be expensive if parents have to foot the bill. This can make giving kids the help they need difficult for some parents.
The good news is that there are steps we can take to give children the speech therapy they need at home.
So take some time to check out the ideas on this site. Below you’ll find links to articles where I’ll share ways to give children the practice they need.
Click here to see how you can find out exactly what type of speech therapy for autism you should be doing with your child. This article gives you the essential first steps to take to know what type of speech activities and goals your child needs.
If speech is an issue with your child (and it is for most children with autism), I would highly recommend taking a look at my review of a speech program called Moving Across Syllables. Working through this course brought my son from next-to-nonverbal to putting sentences together.
You may never know until you try it. Find out how other people with autism have learned to express themselves to the world through typing. Learn more here about some practical instructions on how to begin. This could be a key to unlock your child's potential to communicate with others.
When my son was younger, he loved flipping through cards. So using these cards was an ideal tool for learning.
Finding great therapy tools can be as simple and inexpensive as visiting your local dollar store or even your own child’s closet or bookshelf. You can turn the coloring pages that your child enjoys into an effective, motivating tool for learning.
Do you ever have trouble getting your child interested or motivated enough to review lessons? Games are a great way to not only get children excited about learning, but also to keep them paying attention and engaged.