Therapy sessions at the Early Years Team
Children learn best when they are interested and having fun. Play-based activities are perfect for children to develop their language and communication skills. We use pictures, toys, books, and other things that will keep your child’s attention and interest them in what we are doing.
Sometimes the therapist will advise on small changes that you and the other people who support your child can make to help them to develop their speech and language.
You may be asked to come to a parent-only workshop. This will give you time to listen without being distracted. It also gives you time to talk through your concerns and you can get support from other parents.
Sometimes therapy will be provided in a group. This will help your child to develop their turn-taking skills and to learn from other children. It develops skills that will help them at school.
You are your child's best therapist.
Parents and people who are involved in the day-to-day care of your child will be asked to carry out games and activities between our therapy sessions.
This is an extremely important part of the therapy. We need children to use and practice their new skills in everyday life.
Older children also learn when they are relaxed and engaged, so although the sessions may be more formal, we try to make sure they are interesting and fun.
Your child will be offered the most appropriate therapy for their needs.
Most therapy input will start with a parent-only workshop.
Our parent-only workshops are a very important part of speech and language therapy.
Parents are their child’s best therapist. They can help them every day at home. This is an extremely important part of the therapy. We need children to use and practice their new skills everyday because without this follow-up at home, it is hard for children to make progress.
At the parent workshop we are able to give lots of ideas of how to support children at home. Parents are able to:
- Hear more about their child’s difficulties
- Ask questions
- Talk to other parents
- See things they can do to help their child at home
- Practice these strategies.
We will give parents ideas of things to do at home in their everyday life that will help develop their child’s speech language and communication skills.
Your therapist will explain the next therapy sessions with you at the workshop.
We understand that it can be difficult to find someone to look after your child. However, the workshop is an important part of your child’s speech and language therapy and it is vital for you to come so that you can make a difference and support your child at home.
At the workshop, there will be lots of new information and it is important that you can concentrate on what the therapist is saying. It is very difficult to concentrate fully when you are watching your child at the same time.
This is an important part of the therapy. If you do not attend this session and do not contact us to cancel, your child may be discharged.
Following your parent workshop, you will be offered other therapy sessions. Your therapist will tell you what these sessions will be.
This will usually be group therapy. This may be targeted at developing a certain communication skill such as language, speech and/or social communication but will also have an impact on other communication skills. Group therapy is a really effective way to develop good social skills that are needed to do well at school.
Your child may be offered individual sessions, if this is more appropriate. Your therapist will discuss why this might be a better way to support your child.