Speech Therapy at Home
Work on Speech Sounds at Home
- Easy step by step guides to working on speech sounds at home.
- Help your child’s speech sounds develop with just a few minutes each day.
- You are your child’s best teacher.
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I am a Registered Speech Language Pathologist with over 26 years of experience working with many different children and their families in many different settings. I want to help you help your child have the best speech and language skills possible.
- The ability to communicate clearly is essential for social and educational growth.
- Helping children improve even a single sound can have a big impact on their speech.
- Early intervention results in the best possible outcome for all ages.
These are the same ideas and materials that I use with parents in my practice and that I used with my children at home to help them learn to talk.
I hope the ideas and materials help. Better Speech, Language and Social Skills are truly the best gifts any parent can give their child.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I can be reached through my Contact Form or by email at SLP@Speech-TherapyatHome.com. I would love to hear from you.
The Whys of Speech Therapy
Many parents have questions about speech sounds. Here is, Why correcting sounds is so important, Why sounds should be worked on early and Why sounds should be worked on at home.
Why Work On Speech Sounds?
Children must be able to communicate clearly to maximize their social and educational potential. Children who cannot speak well often have difficulty making friends and can fall behind in school as speech sound errors place them at risk for difficulty with early reading and spelling. When children learn to say sounds correctly they become easier to understand. They are less frustrated and have better interactions with peers and adults. Children that speak well are also more confident. Sadly children who can not speak well are treated differently by those around them. Speech errors that go uncorrected can last a lifetime. Speech errors in adulthood can affect social, personal and work lives. Early intervention results in the best possible outcome at all ages.
Besides the importance of learning how to say sounds properly there is a strong connection between good speech and early reading and writing skills – phonological awareness. Sound awareness plays a vital role in the early years and is a reliable predictor of literacy development. Children with good phonological skills have a huge advantage when learning to read. If children go for too long saying sounds incorrectly it affects their ability to listen and to tell the difference between sounds. Good speech means a better start for reading and writing skills.
Why Work On Speech Sounds Early?
As a Speech Therapist I need to follow guidelines and consider several different factors for when I can help children with sounds. Is the difficulty with the sound age approriate? Different sounds tend to develop at different ages. This Developmental Guide for Sounds has more information. Is the difficulty with the sound affecting the child’s ability to be understood? This is a very important consideration. Difficulty making yourself understood has huge impacts on social and language development that can last a lifetime. Is the difficulty with the sound affecting early reading and spelling? If so it is much more important to work on. These are the questions that I ask myself before I can provide therapy.
Parents don’t have these same guidelines. When my children were growing up I worked on the awareness and development of all sounds as early as possible. Providing children with awareness of sounds helps the sounds to develop. I wanted my children to have the best possible start when it came to being able to communicate clearly so they could develop language and social relationships to the best of their ability.
Why Work On Speech Sounds At Home?
Taking a child to see a Speech Therapist is wonderful but the once or even twice a week that your child can be seen is not enough for real progress. Parents are the ones that spend the most time with their children and have multiple opportunities each day to interact in a meaningful way. Frequent and consistent practice, even for just a few minutes each day, is what is needed for the best possible progress. Working on sounds at home is most often easy and straightforward if the right steps are followed. It is also very cost effective. Parents know their children best – you are your child’s first and best teacher.
More and more I find that the best use of my time is to help parents help their children. Daily interaction and stimulation helps speech and language skills develop and for progress to soar. While there can be reasons why some parents are not able to work directly on speech sounds at home, parents should always be enabled to support speech and language development at home as much as possible. Supporting parents is powerful, effective and is by far the best possible practice. Research clearly supports Parents as “Speech Therapists“.
Helping your child with speech sounds can be the most rewarding and important time that you spend with them.
Let me know if you have any questions