ATTENTION: PLEASE DO THIS AT HOME!!
After you leave your child’s speech-language therapy session, you are probably wondering how on earth am I supposed to fit all of these goals into our daily routine. Don’t worry here are a few tips to help you target those goals each day!
1. Make sure you have a good understanding of what goals your child is working on. This will make it much easier for you to help your child practice and provide feedback.
2. Make their goals part of your daily routine-keep in mind each goal does not have to be worked on every day. For example, we all spend a good chunk of time in the car. If your child is working on saying the “s” sound, have your child practice saying 10-20 words that have the sound “s” in them while you are driving them to their next activity.
3. Make it fun! It’s important that your child knows what they are working on, but if you make it fun it won’t seem like it’s homework. For example, if your child is working on grammar or labeling nouns you can grab a deck of picture cards (need 2 decks) and play “Go Fish”.
Practicing your child’s goals at home is an essential part of their overall progress and success. Your child needs to be able to use their new skills at home and out in the community, not just at therapy. Please do your best to work on skills at home. If your child is practicing four to five times a week at home you will see much better results than if they are just practicing 1-2 times a week in therapy. If you are unsure how to target a goal at home, please ask! That’s what your therapists are for. We love when parents ask how they can work on things at home. We also are more than happy to send home materials/worksheets that make targeting their goals at home easier!! We want your child to be successful with us, with you, with family, with their teachers, and with their peers. Here is a link to a great resource on how to get the most of your child’s speech-language therapy sessions: http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2013/07/23/6-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-childs-speech-therapy/
Written by: Heather Clark, MS, CCC-SLP
Heather Clark first discovered her passion for speech-language therapy while working at a center for adults with intellectual disabilities. With a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Certificates in Deaf Studies and American Sign Language, she is able to provide treatment for a wide range of diagnoses. Heather has experience in a variety of settings including schools, skilled nursing facilities, and adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient facilities. She takes pride in providing her patients with the tools they need to succeed while away from the clinic. She has special interest in autism spectrum disorders, late talkers, and pediatric swallowing. She has attended specialized courses for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and pediatric feeding and swallowing. Heather enjoys staying up to date on current research that can be implemented into her therapy sessions. The most rewarding part of her job is seeing the communication skills of her patients improve over time.