After each speech therapy session, your therapist will usually review the goals that were addressed as well as activities and strategies for you to try at home until the next therapy session. You might think, “I don’t have time for this!” or “I’m not the professional, what if I do it wrong?” When in reality, once you have been educated on the appropriate strategies and techniques specific to your child, YOU are one of their greatest assets to improving and generalizing their speech and language skills!
A typical speech therapy session lasts anywhere from 30 minutes/1 hour at a rate of 1-2 times a week. At the most, this is 2 whole hours a week of instruction from a professional who has the knowledge and experience to appropriately treat your child’s difficulty; at the least, it is 30 minutes a week! However, 2 hours a week is not a large amount of time in the grand scheme of the every day routine for your child. This also presents a difficulty in ensuring carryover as your child isn’t thinking about the techniques and strategies they have been taught except for in the therapy room. Here’s where you come in, parents! If therapy goals are targeted by you once a day for 5 minutes in the morning, and 5 minutes before bed, that is 70 extra minutes a week of practice they are exposed to; not to mention a consistent reminder of the areas they need to focus on throughout their day.
So, would you rather your child get 2 hours of practice a week, or over 3 hours a week in instruction?
Our pediatric speech therapist will typically discuss or send home paperwork detailing homework activities she wishes you to work on that are specific to your child. There are many ways to work with your child’s speech and language at home! Ask our pediatric speech therapist about ways to improve your child’s speech and language skills at home today. 817-595-3700
North Hills ENT and Anderson Audiology have several convenient locations for Speech Therapy!
North Hills ENT – 817-595-3700
4351 Booth Calloway Road, Ste. 308
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
North Hills ENT– 817-595-3700
647 S. Great Southwest Pkwy., Ste. 103
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Anderson Audiology – 817-282-8402
1550 Norwood Drive, Suite 100
Hurst, TX 76054