Parents frequently ask us: “How much time do parents work on their child’s speech and language goals at home? What are parents’ roles and responsibility in speech therapy?”
In short: Parents should work on speech therapy skills daily with their children.
It doesn’t mean you have to sit down as soon as you get home and start drilling them with flashcards and work.
Though this may seem daunting and exhausting after a long day, the more frequent your child is exposed to certain skills, means the more the skill learning carryover, which is the goal of therapy!
Your child’s therapist should be giving you “homework” and, if not, please request ideas and strategies from them.
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You should also be sitting in on therapy sessions, if your child is participating in early intervention services.
If your child only gets speech at school, please make sure you reach out to the speech pathologist frequently for updates to see if there’s anything you can do at home.
Every opportunity is a speech opportunity! This means the smallest tasks, such as brushing your teeth, can be a chance to sneak in language, directions, asking questions, and having your child elaborate on things they say.
I worked as an early intervention therapist for seven years prior to my private practice setting, and I can tell you that the children whose parents are actively involved and participate move through therapy faster and see quicker results. These parents constantly asked me for progress notes and for things they could work on at home! It may seem overwhelming, but chances are, you are already doing some of the exercises that I’m going to talk about.
So, you are with your child far more than the therapist is, which is why parental involvement in therapy is so very important. Every time is a good time to work on speech!
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