In collaboration with parents, our speech pathologists set goals and a direction for therapy. The therapist will utilise therapy techniques that are recommended through research and experience. Each therapy session will be individualised to meet the goals, interests and temperament of the child.
A typical session may include a balance of activities at the table, on the whiteboard or on the floor depending upon the age and needs of the client. Activities may involve toys, games, books, stories, singing, worksheets and when appropriate technology (e.g. computer programs or iPad apps). Sessions aim to be fun, interesting and engaging. Parents are always expected to attend sessions with so that they can see how to implement activities and strategies at home.
Most children love their therapy sessions and if they don’t then we problem solve why. Therapy should never be an unpleasant experience. Young children learn through play and therapy goals are often ‘disguised’ in a game or activity. It may just look like we are playing but there are always specific rationales and goals behind the activity. For older children there are always opportunities for fun activities alongside the more structured tasks. Always ask your therapist if you are unsure about the goals of a session. Your child’s successes and effort will always be positively rewarded and they should finish the session feeling successful and positive.