Archive for September, 2012

September 29th, 2012

Teach Your Children Well

The words “speech therapy” mean different things to different people.  Some parents say, “Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it“.  Other parents say, “So when does therapy start?” or “How often will you see little Henry?”  Sometimes it’s hard to convince parents that they are the child’s best teacher and best therapist.

Speech therapy starts at birth when parents look into the baby’s face, smile and make soft googly noises.  It happens all day and everyday in the car, at the dinner table, getting ready for school. Every time a parent or caregiver listens, talks, interacts, provides a good speech and language model-that is speech therapy.

What parents and caregivers do is very powerful. Change happens when we do something everyday.  As therapists we sometimes have to remind ourselves that the parent or caregiver is our most valuable tool.