Imagine walking around your favorite store. You find the items on your list, navigate your cart around other customers, ask an employee to help you find an item, and wait your turn to pay in the checkout line. This simple trip requires the use of language, fluency, articulation, and social skills.
community based therapy look like
When working in the community, sessions can take place anywhere your client needs the support. If you have a client who stutters when talking with other kids you might target fluency strategies at their neighborhood park. Maybe your client has meltdowns at mealtime because they can’t ask for foods they want. A session at the grocery store with their caregiver is a great way to target their expressive language needs and help them shop for preferred food. The idea is to take the skills you are targeting to the actual location your client will use them
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Encouraging parent participation
Parents and caregivers are an essential part of the therapeutic team, but traditional therapy can leave them feeling like outsiders. Even when the SLP provides suggestions for home practice, most caregivers are more comfortable leaving the therapy to the experts.
Maximizing potential outcomes
The ultimate goal of speech therapy is for your client to generalize their skills- meaning they are able to use the skill targeted in the real world setting where it is required. Typically the SLP will target a skill, say ordering from a menu, in a structured therapy session and when the client can order in therapy they go to a restaurant to practice. This may be especially difficult for some clients who are more rigid or concrete in their thinking, who sees the community ‘practice’ as a completely different skill. When you use
Sarah is a pediatric SLP specializing in evaluating and treating complex communication needs in students with autism or behavior/mood disorders. She is the owner and founder of Sarah Weber Speech, an in-home practice in Naperville, IL. She provides individual and
Sarah provides child-focused therapy with an emphasis on parent education and community involvement. She integrates