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Speech therapy for kids: what happens in the first session?

Let’s dive into the exciting world of speech therapy for kids and uncover what happens in that very first session. At Creative Therapy Adelaide, we believe in the power of play and creativity when it comes to helping children unleash their communication potential. Let’s explore the elements that make up the first speech therapy session.

Get ready to giggle, learn, and discover the magic of the first step towards improved speech and language skills!

The Welcoming Atmosphere

The first session of speech therapy sets the tone for the therapeutic journey. It’s all about creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere where children feel comfortable and excited to engage. The speech therapist greets the child and their family, introduces themselves with enthusiasm, and establishes a rapport to build trust and a positive connection.

Informal Assessment and Evaluation

During the initial session, the speech therapist conducts an informal assessment to gather valuable information about the child’s communication abilities, strengths, and areas for improvement. Through observation, interaction, and play-based activities, the speech therapist evaluates the child’s speech sounds, language skills, and overall communication development.

Playful Interactions and Engaging Activities

Speech therapy for kids thrives on playfulness! The first session often involves a variety of interactive and engaging activities that capture the child’s attention and encourage participation. These may include games, puzzles, toys, storytelling, tailored to the child’s age and interests. The aim is to make the session enjoyable and motivate the child to communicate and express themselves.

Establishing Goals and Individualised Plans

Based on the assessment findings, the speech therapist collaborates with the child and their family to establish goals and develop an individualised treatment plan. These goals are specific to the child’s unique needs and may focus on improving articulation, language comprehension, expressive language skills, or any other area requiring attention. The treatment plan outlines the strategies and interventions that will be implemented to help the child achieve their communication goals.

Building Communication Strategies

The speech therapist begins introducing communication strategies and techniques to support the child’s speech and language development. This may involve modelling correct sounds or words, providing visual cues, encouraging turn-taking, or teaching specific speech exercises or techniques. The therapist helps the child understand these strategies in a playful and interactive manner, making it feel like a game rather than a formal lesson.

Parent Involvement and Homework

Parent involvement is crucial in speech therapy for kids. The speech therapist discusses the child’s progress, provides feedback, and educates parents on ways to support their child’s speech and language development at home. The therapist may suggest specific activities or exercises to practice at home, ensuring that the child continues practicing and reinforcing what they learn during therapy sessions.

Speech therapy for kids: conclusion.

And there you have it! The first session of speech therapy for kids is a delightful blend of playfulness, assessment, goal setting, and building communication strategies. It’s a magical journey that encourages children to express themselves, communicate confidently, and work on their language skills.

Would you like to know more about Speech Therapy? Find more information on our blog or on the Speech Pathology Australia’s website!

Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris

Bec, the speech whisperer at Creative Therapy Adelaide, turns words into wonders and transforms communication into an enchanting adventure!

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