Therapists provide the keys needed to unlock your child’s potential, but parents are in the best position to turn those keys. At Carlin Speech, we put caretakers and family at the heart of every single treatment program.
In the past, parents were passive observers of child therapy. But research shows that parents’ active participation in their child’s speech therapy or occupational therapy makes an incredible difference. Active familial involvement in therapy significantly improves the speed and quality of success, and often proves beneficial in helping parents understand their special-needs children better than ever before.
The best possible way for children to learn is through everyday activities. Therapy is a specialized environment, but home is where a young child’s life really plays out. Practicing therapy lessons at home can work wonders:
We love our young patients and do everything we can for them, but family support is irreplaceable in any child’s journey to health, happiness and good communication.
A practical way of thinking about your child’s therapist is to view them as a helper, rather than a fixer. They’re experts in their field, but not necessarily miracle workers. Therapists are there to guide patients down the right pathways, but they only get to see the child for an hour or two a week. Parents have meaningful interactions with their children every day. It takes a little planning, but these everyday interactions can be aligned with the goals set by your therapist.
Some rules of thumb when it comes to working on occupational, speech or language therapy at-home: