Speech and language is the most common area of need for children with special needs. Speech and language therapy focuses on helping your child learn how to effectively communicate their wants and needs and better understand others.
Social skills are essential for not only making friends, but also are necessary for participating and learning in the social environment of school. If your child is having difficulty playing with other children or making friends, ask about the “My Friends and I Club.”
By age four, you should understand at least 90% of what your child is saying. Children who have difficulty being understood can be impacted socially and academically. If your child is having trouble being understood, ask about a speech assessment.
Most children say their first words at one year of age, combine two words regularly by age two, and produce sentences of at least three words by age three. If your child hasn’t reached these milestones, speech and language therapy can help.
Children learn about the world around them through play. Research has shown that play-based therapy is an effective way to build new skills in a child-focused way. Talk to your therapist about your child’s preferred types of play and they can help you shape those play skills to enhance learning and help them reach their goals.
By taking a few minutes a day to read a book with your child, you can help them to learn words that they may not encounter in their everyday life and build their vocabulary. A child’s vocabulary is the most reliable predictor of future academic success.
Therapists only get a short time each week to work with your child. Talk to your therapist about what you can do at home to help your child get the most out of their therapy sessions and set them up for best success.