In this episode, I discuss  how to get your child to sit down and do speech therapy at home with you.  Also, in the quick tip, I will tell you about a resource that has helped me keep my students engaged and doing work with me for a very long period of time!

Show Notes and Links: www.speechandlanguagekids.com/episode-3

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Speech Therapy at Home Notes:

  1. Setting Up Your Home Therapy Schedule
    • Choose specific times that are designated as speech times
    • Set a schedule or for older children, work it into their homework routine as something they need to do before they can be done with homework for the evening.
    • Start with very short sessions and build up time
    • Choose a certain location that speech time will happen each time (can move around and have fun, just start there)
    • Be consistent!
    • Don’t give in if your child doesn’t want to do it.  If you are running low on time or energy, just make your child do speech work at the scheduled time for one minute.  That way you’re still in the routine even if neither of you had it in you to do a full session.
    • Explain to your child what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
      • Older Children vs. younger children
  1. Setting Up Each Home Therapy Session
    • Have everything you need together
    • Give your child a 5-minute warning
    • Have a highly reinforcing reward for the end
  1. Starting the Session
    • Tell your child what you’re going to do and why you’re going to do it (especially older kids)
    • Your child should know what he’s working on
    • Tell her what she’s working for, what are the criteria for getting it
    • Set a timer and set it short
  1. Making the Session Fun
    • Play a game while you work
    • Trace something while you work
    • Give them a piece to something after they do a little work (marbleworks)
    • Hold yoga poses while doing work
    • Perform actions while doing work
    • Shoot hoops or toss a ball while doing work
    • Plastic coins/treasure in a slot
    • Put cards in mailbox
    • Find computer or I-Pad games that will work on the skill (technology is always fun!)
    • Have your child be the teacher and show you how to do it (get it wrong so they can correct you)
    • Hide their work around the house and have them find the work
    • Video tape or audio record them doing their work so they can watch/listen to it later
    • Take pictures of them doing their work and make a book they can show others
    • Tape work to walls in the bathroom, turn off lights, use flashlight to find and say
    • Put work on wall and shoot it with a dart gun
  1. Making sure they will want to do it again
    • Praise them a lot!!
    • End with something they are successful with
    • If it’s too hard, back down to something easier and then mix in the harder ones
    • If you get frustrated, end the session early.
    • Mark their progress and show it to them.

Troubleshooting:

  • Toddler won’t do it: work it into play
    • /b/ sound by bringing out bubbles, ball, balloon, barn, book
    • Trying to get them to talk: put everything out of their reach and get confused when they point
    • Put things they want in sealed jars so they have to ask for help
    • Give them toys that wind up
  • Preschooler won’t do it:
    • bee hive for reinforcer
    • timer
    • shorter sessions
    • Get siblings or friends involved
  • Child with Autism won’t do it:
    • strong reinforcer (can be food) given after you help them do the skill
    • Fade prompts so they’re doing it on their own
    • Break skills into smallest parts
  • Child won’t imitate any sounds
    • have him imitate actions first.  If he won’t do it, help him and then reinforce like he did it on his own
  • Child’s too old for playing games
    • Get buy-in.  Make sure he knows why it’s important to improve speech
  • I don’t have time!
    • Throw some speech work or words in your purse or car and pull them out when you’re stuck in traffic or waiting in a line somewhere

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