In this episode of the Speech and Language Kids Podcast, speech-language pathologist Carrie Clark discusses the benefits of groups speech therapy for children and why speech therapists group children together.  Carrie also discusses the types of cases that benefit from individual therapy.

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Benefits of Group Speech Therapy:

Time Constraints

  • Only certain times the child can be out of class
  • Only certain times the therapist is available

Peer Support/Normalization

  • See that they’re not alone
  • See that this is normal
  • See that others can overcome it

Increased Awareness of Skills

  • Be able to hear the error in someone else’s speech
  • Know what the other person should do to fix

Learning Through Teaching

  • Teaching a peer can be a very effective way to learn

Benefits of Perspective Taking

  • See what it’s like to be on the other side of communication problems

Practice with Peers/Better Generalization

  • It’s different to work on new skills with peers than with adults

When Individual Therapy is Needed:

Children with Severely Limited Attention

  • If they can’t learn or practice if there are ANY distractions or other people

Children in Certain Stages of Learning with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • When first learning speech sounds and getting past initial phases, need lots of repetition

Children who aren’t Making Progress with Group Therapy

  • Possibly time for a change
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