How do I arrange therapy for my child?
Once your child has been assessed and therapy recommended, you will be able to let your speech pathologist and our office staff know the days and times that you would be able to attend. We will then match your preferences with our current vacancies and you will be allocated a regular time and day to attend. Most of our clients attend therapy on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Some clients are seen at local schools. Therapy sessions are usually for 45 minutes.
What happens in a therapy session?
The speech pathologist will set goals and a direction for therapy in collaboration with the parents as well as teachers and other health professionals, if appropriate. The therapist will match the child’s difficulties to therapy techniques that are recommended through research and experience to improve such problems. Each therapy session will be individualised to meet the goals, interests and temperament of the child.
A typical session may include a balance of activities at the table, on the whiteboard or on the floor depending upon the age and needs of the client. Activities may involve toys, games, books, stories, singing, worksheets, flash cards and when appropriate technology (e.g. computer programs or iPad apps). Sessions aim to be fun, interesting and motivating. Parents are encouraged to attend sessions so that they can see how to implement activities and strategies in between sessions.
How can I help?
Your child’s therapist will share with you a range of strategies that you can do to help your child at home. Some of these strategies may be listed in your child’s report and others you will pick up along the way as your child moves towards each new communication milestone. In most instances, children will be given a scrapbook as part of their speech therapy sessions. Activities from the session and home practice activities will be placed in this book. Your therapist will explain how to do these activities at home.
As a parent you are the expert on your child and we value your input. We aim to work in partnership with you and your family as you support your child’s communication skills in between sessions. All families are unique in their dynamics, relationships and time resources.
There are a range of ways that families can reinforce tasks done in therapy sessions. Some families and children prefer to complete worksheets, some prefer games and others may prefer to build activities into their daily routines.
No one method is more effective than the other but the general rules are to keep home practice short and sweet and keep the interest level high. Be patient. Offer praise and encouragement. Don’t persevere with tasks that seem too difficult and above all make learning fun through play, humour and rewards.
How do I get updates on my child’s progress?
Your speech pathologists will regularly review your child’s progress through observations, taking recording data and reassessment. This information is shared with parents, sometimes through formal written progress reports but more often at the end of each therapy session. As each goal is achieved the therapist will set new goals that map out the further steps along the way to remediating the child’s problem.
What kind of therapy techniques do you use?
In addition to standard therapy approaches for speech, language and literacy disorders, our speech pathologists have a range of clinical interest areas and different specialist treatment skills in the following:
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