Speech therapy at home can give children with autism the advantage they need to progress to the next level. Find ideas here that can help them reach their goals faster.
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 speech and communication.
A little time spent each day can reinforce what your child has learned during his time with the therapist.
Your situation could be like ours. My son goes to speech therapy once a week.
He has a great speech therapist who knows what she’s doing. But once a week speech practice just isn’t enough, no matter how good this therapy is.
If you want your child to improve, you really have to give him some practice every day. And for many of us, that means working with him at home.
You might be thinking, “But my child already gets therapy every day at school.”
Summer and holiday breaks can cause your child to lose some of the skills she has gained while in school.
You can help her stay in practice and even progress further during holiday breaks. You don’t want her to forget or lose the skills she has worked so hard to learn.
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 your child the practice she needs.
Click here to see how you can find out exactly what type of speech therapy 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 around her.
If your child is like mine, he probably loves flipping through cards. And that makes them 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 her lessons? Games are a great way to not only get her excited about learning, but also to keep her paying attention and engaged.
I'll be the first to admit I'm not a speech therapist, and therefore need plenty of help from the experts.
Bridget Giraldo, M.S., CCC-SLP, a licensed, ASHA certified speech language pathologist is one of those experts who can help to fill in the gaps where you and I are lacking. She has a wonderful website called SpeechTherapyTalk.com that is filled with free information and resources that can greatly benefit your child.
Be sure to check out her site as she has a lot to offer teachers and parents like me who need that extra help with speech therapy.
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