The ability of your child to express himself or herself properly and with self-confidence is a reflection not only of the child’s innate skills but is also a reflection of the child’s interactions with other people in his or her social sphere of influence. Learning to speak effectively obviously cannot be done in isolation! It requires interaction with other human beings.
While it is not possible to control your child’s interactive dialogue with everyone around him or her, one hundred percent of the time, it is certainly within your realm of influence, as the parent, to ensure that the people that your child interacts with the most, on a regular basis, are attuned to your child’s needs. Having the support of family and friends whom you can trust, can help to boost your child’s self-confidence and speaking ability.
Getting Your Child’s Siblings To Participate In Your Child’s Early Intervention Speech Therapy Activities
Equally important as you the parent spending time with your child, is that if your child has older siblings in the house, you need to educate them about the importance of speech therapy in their younger sibling’s life. It is important to make it clear to elder siblings not to make fun of the child’s linguistic deficiency, but rather to show their support, sensitivity, and understanding toward his or her needs. If practical, try to see if you can get the older siblings to cooperate and to be able to put into practice any of the early intervention speech therapy ideas recommended by the therapist. Try and see if they can engage in any of the early intervention speech therapy activities or games as recommended by the therapist as well.
Enlisting The Help and Support of Extended Family In Implementing Early Intervention Speech Therapy Ideas
The same applies to extended family, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older cousins of the child. If it is practical to share any early intervention speech therapy ideas with them, it would only stand to benefit the child. Of course, this would require mutual cooperation on their part, as well as a comfort level that you can trust them to help your child as they go through the early intervention program. At the very least, if they aren’t available to help, then it is important that you have a talk with them about your child’s needs. Let them know that your child is undergoing speech therapy and that you would appreciate their cooperation in terms of being sensitive to the child’s needs.
Enlisting The Support Of Friends, Neighbors and Acquaintances
This advice applies equally just as well for neighbors, friends, and other acquaintances as well, provided that these are people you can trust with the knowledge that your child is undergoing early intervention. Of course there is only so much you can expect from them, but at the very least, it can’t hurt to at least let them know that you would appreciate some sensitivity and understanding on their part toward your child’s needs.
Working With Your Child’s School Teachers To Help Reinforce Early Intervention Speech Therapy Ideas
And if your child is going to a preschool, kindergarten, or even elementary school, it is of paramount importance that you open the lines of communication with your child’s teacher and let him or her know that your child is going through early intervention speech therapy at home. This way the teacher can help to reinforce the speech skills being taught to your child by the therapist, in the classroom
There’s the old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. By garnering the support of the people you and your child can trust, you can achieve greater success by implementing the early intervention speech therapy ideas your therapist goes over with you during each session.