Importance of Home Care Speech Therapy

What does a speech Therapy session involve?

Speech therapy involves teaching the child how to coordinate the air stream, mouth, and mind to accurately produce a speech sound, such as ‘S’. For the ‘S’ sound, the child would learn to place his tongue behind his top teeth and let a skinny stream of air leak out of his mouth: SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. This is not easy for many children, so the therapist teaches individualized strategies to help each child experience success. Once the child is successful at making the sound, the therapist works up a hierarchy of complexity. This will then expand to include making the sound in syllables, words, phrases, sentences, and conversation. The therapist will use a variety of prompts while striving to help the child become independent at using the speech sound without help.

If the child struggles with understanding information, therapy might start with learning the meaning of concepts such as colors, sizes, shapes, placement, and amounts. Next, therapy would involve adding these key words into directions. Likewise, sessions would help the child remember key information so he or she can apply the knowledge to the activity.

Early language learners and children who have more severe challenges will experience therapy adventures that provide them with the building blocks of functional language. During the engaging sessions, the therapist will use a variety of prompts while striving to help the child become independent with using his or her new skills so he or she can happily participate in life’s activities in ways that are most successful.

What is the purpose of Speech Therapy?

The goal of speech therapy is to help children become clear confident communicators so that they can:

1. Become fully engaged in school and benefit from the curriculum
2. Develop self help skills and independence for activities of daily living
3. Actively participate in life experiences
4. Build healthy social relationships

Children’s ability to communicate is directly correlated with their ability to achieve success in whatever they pursue.

How long does Speech Therapy usually take?

Factors that impact how long a client will be in a speech therapy program include:

* The number of speech sounds that need to be learned (one vs. multiple errors)
* How often they attend (weekly vs. sporadic)
* Participation during the sessions (good vs. poor effort)
* Practicing outside of the therapy sessions
* Ability to retain the skills they learn

A child who has mild errors (one or two error sounds) will likely graduate from speech therapy within one school year. Multiple errors may take longer to remediate. Ultimately, the child’s team determines appropriate goals that help him or her to move forward in successful steps.

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