Ask a Speechie: Do I have to attend therapy sessions for my child?
Do I have to attend therapy sessions for my child?
There are many positive impacts of parents attending and being involved in their child’s therapy. Although the Speech Pathologist is expected to deliver the therapy for your child, the aim of therapy is often to train the parent so that the parent is able to continue therapy at home. Think of your speech sessions as a ‘tune up’, where you can discuss the progress and challenges you experienced since your last session, and learn new strategies to continue practicing.
Benefits to parents
- Parents feel involved in their child’s therapy, and develop an understanding for the purpose of the therapy and how it is delivered
- It empowers parents to support their children themselves, in the areas their children experience difficulty
- Parents can direct goal planning
- It helps to have a clear idea of where their child started, and the progress they have made
- Gives parents the skills required to deliver therapy at home
Benefits to child
- Extra 1:1 time with their parent
- Child is practicing something that is hard for them in the comfort and familiarity of their parent’s company
- Children may feel better knowing that Speech Therapy is something they do with their parent, not something they have to do on their own
- You can share your expertise of your children with the Speech Pathologist, to inform them of how your child is feeling, what they like and what they don’t like
Benefits to child’s therapy outcomes
- Speech Therapy goals are extended and practiced in life outside of speech sessions.
- Will allow for interaction between you and your child, rather than the Speech Pathologist and your child
- Practicing at home involves play and routines that are familiar to the child, rather than unfamiliar activities held at the clinic. This will increase your child’s level of comfort and confidence, increasing their capacity to engage, learn, and reach their potential
- Therapy can happen so much more often
- Children are more likely to generalise the skills they are learning quicker, if they are practicing often and in multiple settings.