The Best Advice for Parents with a Child Starting Speech Therapy

The Best Advice for Parents with a Child Starting Speech Therapy

As parents, any time we perceive our child is struggling, it’s natural to struggle along with them.  If you and your child are new to speech therapy, it’s no different, and the prospect of beginning a program can be daunting.  Here is information to help guide your decisions and help you and your child feel comfortable.

Finding the Right Fit

One of the best ways to ensure your confidence is selecting a speech therapist who puts you and your child at ease.  Start by examining candidates’ credentials, and don’t be shy about asking for information.  Explore backgrounds and licensing information.  Note there are numerous online programs which are worthwhile, but do your homework to verify whomever you’re considering has a degree through an accredited program

Teach2Talk points out it’s generally in your child’s best interests to choose a speech pathologist with experience as well, rather than someone who has recently graduated.  Also, when talking with candidates, think about not only whether you feel comfortable with how each one communicates with you, but also consider how your child communicates.  You want your youngster to feel relaxed about therapy, not nervous or misunderstood.

What to Expect

Once you find the right fit, there is a fairly standard procedure you can expect a speech therapist to follow.  The first thing will be an assessment of your child, examining where delays might be.  Some of the details a speech pathologist might screen include the ability to make certain sounds, the ability to comprehend and use language, and the ability to use language socially.  From there, your therapist will develop goals and a program to help meet those goals.  Oftentimes there are things parents can do at home to enhance the child’s therapy program as well. 

At-Home Exercises

Parents often feel helpless when their children are struggling with a communication issue, but thankfully, there are many ways you can help your child.  On top of that, several at-home exercises are fun for you and your youngster, so you can both look forward to the time together.  You can play games like hopscotch, with your child repeating a word every time she hops on a number.  Practicing lip, tongue, cheek, and mouth movements is also helpful, so you can turn blowing on dandelions, playing a harmonica, or sipping drinks through a straw into subtle and fun therapy exercises.  And don’t forget classic tongue twisters!  When you serve up some ice cream, don’t hesitate to turn it into speech therapy-fun with, “I scream you scream, let’s all scream for ice cream!”

Rethinking Routine Activities

There are probably some things you and your child already do together which, with a bit of tweaking, could be considered part of your supportive activities.  For example, when your child is painting or coloring, talk about the colors and ask your child to repeat them back to you.  Have your kiddo ask you for the colors she wants, and build on the conversation as skills improve.  Similarly, putting together puzzles and playing games can be part of therapy.  Ask your child to identify objects, and coach her with prompts.  Keep things light, fun, and encouraging, rather than turning it into work.  Think of it as a time for making memories for you both, not just building skills.

Easing your Child’s Anxiety

Kids are often self-conscious about anything that makes them “different,” and Speech Buddies points out it can help build your child’s confidence to meet other children with similar speech challenges.  Being with other kids who have common concerns can provide a sense of belonging.  Also, be conscious of how you communicate with your child.  Avoid finishing sentences for her, maintain eye contact when you’re talking together, and be patient with your child’s side of the conversation. 

Starting anything new feels challenging, especially when it comes to your child’s well-being.  Research therapists to find the right fit, learn what to expect, augment your child’s program, and help your child feel at ease.  Facing the process together and making preparations will make you both feel better and will help ensure success. 

By Jenny Wise, mom to a child on the autism spectrum

Building Resilience in your Young Client Approved for ASHA CEUs

By Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP

It has long been observed that there are certain children who experience better outcomes than others who are subjected to similar adversities, and a significant amount of literature has been devoted to the question of why this disparity exists.

Research has largely focused on what has been termed “resilience.” Health professionals are treating an increasing number of children who have difficulty coping with 21st century everyday life. Issues that are hard to deal with include excessive pressure to succeed in school, bullying, divorce, or even abuse at home.

Building Resilience in your Young ClientBuilding Resilience in your Young Client is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides a working definition of resilience and descriptions of the characteristics that may be associated with better outcomes for children who confront adversity in their lives. It also identifies particular groups of children – most notably those with developmental challenges and learning disabilities – who are most likely to benefit from resilience training. The bulk of the course – presented in two sections – offers a wide variety of resilience interventions that can be used in therapy, school, and home settings. Course #30-72 | 2014 | 53 pages | 21 posttest questions

Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA Provider #AAUM) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. ASHA CE provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clincial procedures. CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider. Please note that the completion date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the quarter, regardless of when the course was completed. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is CE Broker compliant (courses are reported within one week of completion).

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area). ASHA credit expires 6/15/2017. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the quarterly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider. Please note that the completion date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the quarter regardless of when the course was completed.

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, received her master’s degree from Hunter College in New York in Communication Sciences. She is the Director of Parent Outreach for A+ Learning and Development Centers facilitating “How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk” workshops as well as workshops based on “Siblings Without Rivalry.” Adina is the founder of ParentingSimply.com, a division of A+ Learning and Development Centers. You can reach her and check out her website at www.parentingsimply.com.

Dysphagia Guide Updated for ASHA CEUs

Do you work with dysphagic residents? If so, this newly revised course is for you!

Dysphagia: Guide to Establishing a Restorative Mealtime ProgramDysphagia: Guide to Establishing a Restorative Mealtime Program is a 2-hour online CEU course that will enable therapists in long-term care or post-acute rehabilitation facilities to present staff training that offers strategies and techniques for implementing a Restorative Mealtime Program (RMP). The purposes of such a program are to make dining safe and enjoyable, to increase resident independence at mealtimes, and to create a mechanism for monitoring declining abilities as disease processes progress. Also included are descriptions of dysphagic indicators, lists of aspiration precautions, methods for ascertaining needed levels of assistance, case studies, and a method for monitoring adherence to swallow safety standards. The author includes useful forms, checklists, and diagrams with limited permission for course participants to reproduce handouts for their own use in daily practice. Course #20-26 | 2013 | 37 pages | 20 posttest questions

CE Information:

ASHA Approved Provider

This course is offered for .2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

ASHA credit expires 7/11/2016. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the quarterly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider. Please note that the completion date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the quarter regardless of when the course was completed. AAUM #5097

About the Author:

Jill E. Day, MS, CCC/SLP, earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders from Fontbonne University in Clayton, Missouri. For the last sixteen years she has treated speech, language, and swallowing disorders in pediatric through geriatric populations. She obtained intense dysphagic experience in long term care, and acute and post acute rehabilitation settings during ten years of work in the field of speech-language pathology. Six years have been spent treating pediatric clients within their homes or schools, and in a clinic-based setting. Currently, she works full-time contracting with local school districts to provide speech and language services, as well as with the Missouri First Steps program for birth to three year old children. Jill resides in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri and has been blessed with a supportive husband and two wonderful children. In her spare time, she enjoys interacting with her family, writing to share her experiences with others, and sewing home décor items. Jill went into the field of speech-language pathology “to make a difference in the lives of others” and feels privileged to serve the needs of her clients. Dysphagia: A Guide to Establishing a Restorative Mealtime Program is dedicated to her family, who endured months of manuscript writing and to her mother who always inspired her to “do the best” in all she did.

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Autism Subtypes, Feeding Issues and Nutrition – Updated & Renewed

Autism Subtypes, Feeding Issues & NutritionOne of our most popular continuing education courses, Autism Subtypes, Feeding Issues & Nutrition Considerations, was recently updated and renewed by the continuing education board of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA credit is now valid until August 21, 2013!

This course details the symptoms and subtypes of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), describes developmental and behavioral issues, outlines assessment and diagnostic considerations, and briefly reviews the literature on the efficacy of various treatment approaches.

It also outlines common GI problems and feeding difficulties in autism, exploring the empirical data and/or lack thereof regarding any links between GI disorders and autism. Sections on feeding difficulties offer interventions and behavior change techniques.

A final section on nutritional considerations discusses unusual food preferences or sensitivities, growth and weight concerns, and food allergies and sensitivities with an objective look at the science and theory behind a variety of nutrition interventions.

Course #30-32 | 2010 | 45 pages | 30 posttest questions

On Sale for Only $32! (regular $42)

This course is offered for .3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). ASHA credit expires 8/21/2013.

This course is also approved for Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, MFTs, Registered Dietitians and Occupational Therapists: http://www.pdresources.org/CourseDetail.aspx?Category=AllCourses&PageNumber=1&Profession=Other&Sort=CourseName&Text=30-32&courseid=947

ASHA CEU Sale!

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are required to earn continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain their state licensure, and for their certification with ASHA.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology.

The following ONLINE COURSES are ON SALE until October 15, 2010:

The following MAIL ORDER COURSES are ON SALE until October 15, 2010:

New ASHA-Approved CEU Course for Speech Therapists

Ethics in Speech and Language Therapy is a key text for students, practitioners and managers alike. The demands of practice, legislation, registration and the recognition of competencies all point to the need for speech and language therapists to be explicitly educated about ethics. This book provides an overview of this key topic, grounds ethical practice in the broader context of morals and values; discusses frameworks for ethical decision making; discusses common ethical issues in speech and language therapy practice and service management; and considers factors which complicate ethical decision making. John Wiley & Sons 2009 | 204 pages | Paperback | 25 posttest questions | Course #60-87

https://www.pdresources.org/CourseDetail.aspx?Category=AllCourses&PageNumber=1&Profession=Speech-and-Hearing&Sort=CourseName&Text=60-87&courseid=1029

April is Autism Awareness Month

You can help fight autism and earn continuing education credits all month long.

During the month of April, we will donate a portion of the proceeds from every autism course sold to the Autism Society of America. In addition, we are offering special reduced pricing on all of our autism spectrum courses – including one FREE course.

View our autism CE courses: https://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Other/AllCourses/CourseName/1/autism

Together we can help improve the lives of all affected by autism.

Thank you for your support!