Speech and Language Therapy at Speech 4 Kids

We often hear parents ask their children “What did you do in speech today?”  The most common response is “We played a game, made a craft or read a book.” We are thrilled that our children are focusing on the ‘FUN’ and this is what they are taking away from their sessions. At Speech 4 Kids we make it our priority to ensure every child is having FUN and doesn’t realize they are actually working!! However, we want you to know what is behind all of the FUN!
All of our sessions at Speech 4 Kids are designed to target specific goals and objectives to best meet the needs of our children.  Prior to therapy we create comprehensive individualized treatment plans which outline the goals and objectives we will be targeting in speech and language therapy.  We are always challenging our children to meet these goals and do so in a fun and creative way so everyone is having FUN! Each activity we plan has a specific goal in mind and we play with a purpose!

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We incorporate a variety of different programs into our speech and language therapy sessions. We wanted to share a few of them with you!
Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk, More than Words, Talkability, Learning Language and Loving it.
  • Sarah Rosenfeld Johnson Oral Motor Program
  • Floor-Time Therapy
  • Apraxia Program – Nancy Kaufman
  • P.R.O.M.P.T
  • Michelle Garcia Winners Social Thinking

How to Encourage your Child’s Speech and Language Development

Tips for Preschool and Younger Kids
  • Follow your child’s lead.
  • Use “child-directed speech” (talk about what your child is focused on or interested in, using simplified, melodic speech).
  • Emphasize important words in a sentence For example,  “You’re eating a BANANA!”
  • Expand on your child’s language. For example, your child says, “Key”. You respond, “Yes that’s the key for the car.”
  • Acknowledge, encourage, and praise all attempts to communicate. Show that you understand the word or phrase by fulfilling the request, if appropriate.
  • Sing! Singing is a great way to learn about the world around us and learn the rhythm of language. While singing, pause and let your child fill in the words.
  • READ! READ! READ!
Tips for School Aged Kids
  • Talk to your child! Describe the steps during meal prep, talk about favorite parts of a TV show or book, and consistently introduce new vocabulary and concepts.
  • Describe the day! Talk about the best and worst parts of the day. Connect feelings and emotional words during your descriptions. For example, “I was so surprised to run into Harrison’s mom at Whole Foods today” or “I was disappointed they were out of our favorite chocolate ice cream!”
  • Listen and reflect on what your child says.
  • Role play conversations that might be challenging.
  • Point out body language. For example “I’m crossing my arms because I’m feeling angry.”
  • Use conversational starters to get the conversation started. Incorporate conversational games at the dinner table to get the entire family involved or play conversational “catch” with a ball to encourage reciprocity.
  • Read together. Take turns reading, talk about the characters, plot, problem and solution. Make up your own ending to the story.

 

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