Speech therapy is an instant fix
Many people assume that one or two visits to a speech pathologist will instantly solve a child’s speech or language disorder. Whilst this may be true for people that have swallowing difficulties that require modifications to their diet or utensils, this is not the case for speech and language. Speech overall often requires shorted periods of therapy, from roughly a few weeks to a couple of years for very severe cases.
Language on the other hand can take many years to catch children up to their peers especially given these kids are already starting behind their peers. They not only need to catch up to their peers but also keep up with the ongoing improvement required for normal development.
This is often why a ‘wait and see’ approach fails as the child continues to fall further and further behind, or in a more optimal case, they continue to develop at the same rate as other children and their initial language lag is maintained. This can lead to poor ability to complete tasks, poor reading skills and subsequent difficulties keeping up with the required curriculum.
Early intervention is the key to bridging the gap and ensuring your child is able to learn and develop at school and socially with others to their best ability.
Speech therapy sessions alone will fix communication difficulties
A speech pathologist may see your child once a week for half an hour. Compared to the amount of time parents spend with their child at home, this is minimal. Just as changing a habit like biting your nails will not work if you only refrain for half an hour a week, speech pathology also requires follow through outside of the set weekly sessions.
Parents should be provided with daily homework and strategies on how to follow through with speech goals and therapy at home. It is also the responsibility of parents to follow through with homework tasks everyday and provided your speech pathologist with feedback on how your child is going at home.
A communication book such as a small notepad or folder is a great way to keep track of, what goals are being targeted that week, whether or not the child was able to achieve these goals as well as the components that your child struggled with, to be targeted in future.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have speech pathology related questions, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.