If you’ve found that your child struggles with speech and communication, then you’re not alone. This is a more common issue than some parents realize, and speech therapy is a great way to correct it and give your child confidence. At Connections Therapy, we have some of the best speech therapists to work with your child. Here are some ways that you can also help your child with speech therapy at home.
Just like with any important life skill, improving speech and communication comes with a lot of practice. You can have more conversations with your child to help them learn to get comfortable with speaking. Try asking open-ended questions about their day at school, for example. An open-ended question requires more than a yes or no answer so that your child can learn to articulate their thoughts.
Flashcards and Toys
When practicing at home, you can also do similar exercises that your child might work out with the speech therapist. Flashcards especially are a great way to help your child practice specific words or sounds that they might struggle with. If your child likes hands-on learning, then you can easily find many interactive toys that teach word association and more. Feel free to talk to your child’s therapist about the types of flashcards and speech therapy toys that you can try at home.
Every child learns at their own pace, and that is no exception when it comes to speech therapy. Speech therapy involves a lot of hard work and consistent practice. At times, it may seem exhausting for your child to try some exercises over and over with seemingly little progress. The important thing is to be patient with your child and avoid getting frustrated. It is likely that your child will get frustrated when they struggle to communicate, so when you stay positive and focus on their successes, that will encourage them not to give up. Just remember that, even though therapy doesn’t appear to be working at times, eventually, all that practice will pay off.
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (301) 577-4333. Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.