3 Tips to Prepare Your Child for Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is a treatment for various speech behaviors, including language disorders, speech disorders, voice disorders and swallowing trouble. As a parent, you may notice these behaviors in your child and seek help from a specialist. If a doctor determines that you should start speech therapy, the next step is finding the best way to prepare your child.

Communication Corner and More will ensure your child feels comfortable in speech therapy to get the most out of treatment. We make it easy to find treatment options and help your child achieve their developmental goals.

3 Steps to Preparing Your Child for Speech Therapy

Preparing your child for speech therapy is an essential step toward gaining progress. If your child feels comfortable attending therapy appointments, they will be more likely to succeed with treatment.

While speech therapy alone can be an effective way to improve your child’s speech, parents can take many steps to help the process. You may feel overwhelmed if you have not brought a child to speech therapy. Speech therapy is a new experience for you and your child, but the following tips can help with the process.

1. Communicate With Your Child

Before the first appointment with a speech therapist, explain the process to your child using tested methods and communication styles. Then, your child will know what to expect and be more willing to talk with the speech therapist. An unfamiliar setting and person may make children nervous and unwilling to speak. If you communicate with your child ahead of time, they will feel more comfortable, talk more and experience more improvement in their speech.

2. Create a Reward System

Be sure to reward your young children in speech therapy. Take your child out for ice cream or buy them a little toy after each therapy appointment or milestone. Your child will begin associating these rewards with therapy, which may encourage them to work hard during speech appointments. Make sure you only offer rewards after speech appointments to make the system more effective.

3. Practice at Home

After several appointments, your child’s speech therapist may suggest exercises you can work on at home. Exercises may include practicing certain sounds, using straws to improve muscular strength or reading aloud with your child. Begin incorporating these practices into your routine to help your child progress even when they aren’t with their therapist.

Contact Communication Corner and More

We focus on giving kids the tools to enhance their confidence and performance at every stage of development. If you think your child may benefit from speech therapy, Communication Corner and More can help. We’ll set you up with a speech therapist and provide speech therapy preparation tips for your child.

Contact us online to learn more about speech therapy and what you can do to help your child prepare.