As qualified speech pathologists, we’ve been trained to assess, diagnose and treat communication difficulties through all stages of childhood development. Therapists use games, books and toys to help your child feel relaxed and at ease while utilising techniques that target the therapy goals which were highlighted during the assessment process. We encourage parents to be actively involved in therapy activities whenever possible so they know how to lead them during home practice.
Many parents want to know how long therapy will take. This is a tricky question to answer because there are so many dependent factors.
Things like developmental stage, temperament, severity level, regularity of home practise and therapy goals will all influence the speech pathology process. We encourage parents to measure the effectiveness of sessions with ongoing progress rather than a specific timeframe for it to be completed within. As much as we would love to wave a magic wand and ‘fix’ your child’s challenges, that’s not how therapy works.
Addressing your child’s communication difficulties is a little bit like pitching a tent. When you’re doing it on your own, it’s slow, laboursome and sometimes the outcome is not achieved. However, if many people work together as a team, it’s more efficient and you end up with a better outcome. With speech pathology, every small intervention and bit of assistance helps. Which is why home practise is just as (if not more) important to the process than the sessions with your therapist.
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