Speech and Language Therapy
One size does NOT fit all. Therapy sessions will be unique and developed for your individual child. Tasks and activities are tailored to you child's needs. An individualized therapy plan is collaboratively developed with parents containing specific therapy goals drawn from a comprehensive evaluation. Parents will always know what their child is working on and progress towards stated goals.
What does a typical speech and language therapy session look like?
Therapy sessions are play-based. They feature toys, books, and activities that have been carefully selected to focus on the skills and vocabulary being targeted. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged in order for parents to learn strategies they can do at home for further practice. Sessions typically begin with a brief review of the last session, as well as an update from parents of their child's progress.
For school-aged children:
For young school-aged children, therapy sessions can also be play-based. However, they also include more structured, yet fun, "table-top" activities. Many times, we switch between table activities and some play away from the table. For older school-aged children, therapy sessions often involve a game to ensure your child stays motivated and engaged. Activities are very deliberate and planned in order to achieve maximum progress. Sessions typically begin with a brief review of the previous session or review of homework. Although parent involvement is always encouraged and welcomed, a hands-on approach is not as necessary as it is during sessions with toddlers.
Therapy sessions are project-based and goal-oriented. Conversations take place very openly and honestly about what needs to be accomplished and how it will be accomplished. Feedback is always provided to you and your child as to how they are making progress towards learning new skills. Very often, therapy sessions entail completion of a school project or preparation for an activity (i.e., presentation, test, etc.). These sessions may not involve as much play as sessions for younger children. Often times, tasks are more "paper and pencil" based.