Tips For Speech Therapy At Home

Tips For Speech Therapy At Home

Tips For Speech Therapy At Home

What is speech therapy?

After your child is assessed for his speech and langauge skills, the Speech Language Pathologist will  explain you the course of treatment which can entail Speech & Language Therapy. A speech therapy session typically lasts for about 30 to 60 minutes. One must work with the child at home for better learning and generalization of the concepts that are introduced in the therapy sessions.

Speech therapy sessions

Working or playing with child in a ‘structured’ way may be overwhelming in the beginning as it will be new to both the parent and thechild. You may be confronted with questions like- how to start, what to teach, how long to teach etc. At the same time, your child may not be cooperative as it will be totally new for him too.

Here are a few useful Top Tips For Parents to incorporate while engaging your child with therapy activities at home.

Have Patience!

Yes! First and foremost is to have patience. Remind yourself each time that, it will take time to settle down for the child as well as you to get a hang of how things may go. It may take few days to weeks. Don’t raise your voice; don’t show frustration on your face. Give your child sufficient time to understand what is happening and what he/ she is supposed to be doing.

Keep away distractions.

Children can be distracted by subtle things there by affecting their performance in the given task. There is a variety of distraction factors as each child is different. Look closely for a few days to make out what could distract your child. Some distractions can be : ticking sound of a clock, sound of a wind chime, moving wall drop, any wall hangings, ray of light peeping through wall drop, traffic noise from outside, other children playing in the same room, people talking,   whirring of a fan, television/ music playing in the background etc. Once you know what distracts your child, try to minimize the distractions while you work with him.

  • Put off the television when nobody is watching and also when you are teaching the child. You can not expect the child to focus on the given work with such distractions around.
  • Do not have your phone around while teaching. If it’s very important to keep with you, keep in silent mode.
  • Select the room which has minimum distractors such as no/ least wall hangings, less noise.
  • Make sure nobody disturbs by entering the room often.
  • Keep the toys, books and everything that is needed for teaching ready before hand.
  • Don’t spread the toys around as that also could distract your child. Keep it in cupboard and use one at time.
Prepare your child.

Starting the task all of sudden may cause disturbance to your child, so prepare him/ her well in advance. Tell your child what you are going to do together. Preparing your child well in advance for the task will improve the efficiency and performance of the child.

Have a fixed schedule.

Schedule time for teaching your child and maintain that time frame regularly. When it is a fixed schedule, child will be better prepared for learning.

Make a time table.

Make a time table of the tasks of the day and visually present it to child. Making a Visual Time Table can be extremely useful. Here is a great video that shows how to make and use a Visual Time Table. Put everyday routine on this time table e.g. brushing, breakfast, school, lunch, play, study etc.

Daily checklist

Keep things out of reach.

Keep things out of reach

Keep certain things out of reach of your child. So that you are giving a chance to child to come and initiate some sort of interaction with you. Keep his/ her favorite toy out of reach, hide one of the shoes, keep sipper out of reach etc. The things your child wants in everyday life should be focused on.

Make mistakes on purpose

Make mistakes on purpose

Yes! Make mistakes on purpose. Put on wrong shoes, keep the plate upside down while eating,  put on trousers instead of the shirt etc. Go silly and make mistakes. These will allow your child a chance to react, initiate communication, make eye to eye contact or show another postivie response. Later correct your mistake  and explain what you are doing!

Follow your child’s lead.

Initially don’t expect your child to cooperate or pay attention to everything you do. Instead, you go down to his/ her level and follow his lead, become friendly with your child, make him feel confident. Gradually your child will start paying more attention or provide a better joint attention with you. From there gradually start scheduling the tasks you want to teach to your child.

Use short constant utterances.

Always use short clear and constant utterances. It helps your child remember and associate better.

Do not anticipate!

Do not anticipate what your child wants, what he/ she may dislike or like. Give opportunity to your child to ask what he/ she wants/ needs, let her/ him express likes or dislikes. Do not anticipate anything, instead give him/ her a chance.

Give choices.

Give choices

Always give two choices to your child. Hold up two objects and ask your child what does he or she wants. Give the object as soon as he/ she holds out a hand or looks at it, along with saying its name.

Praise each effort.

Praise each effort

Praising your children has a huge impact on their success. Once your child gets to know that he/she is being praised or learns the expected behavior, he/she will become confident. The sense of achievement and accomplishment will boost his/her self esteem. Your child may not reach the target, but you know he/she has put effort – make sure you praise him/her, make sure he/she feels happy about it.

Hope you will try these tips while working with your child at home. Remember to go slow up the ladder and spend quality time with your little one.

Online Speech Therapy is simple, convenient and highly effective at the same time. 1SpecialPlace is India’s first Online Speech therapy in India and we are helping families all across the globe. When we started online speech therapy at home, there was no formal training available for becoming an online speech therapist in India. Trainings provided by therapists in USA are great but can be expensive and not always suited for Indian clientele. As a result we created our inhouse teletherapy training programme at 1SpecialPlace.

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  • Rajalakshmi

    My son at the age of 2.He can’t able to recognize the words while I am speaking.pls guide me to develop him .

    • Pratiksha Gupta

      Hello Rajalakshmi. Its important we understand more about your child’s speech and language development. To begin with you can take the test on our app – Speech Doctor which can be downloaded on your phone from the PlayStore or the App store. There are many articles on our blog which can help you with tips and ideas. You can read more here
      You can also contact us directly by calling the number on our website or by dropping us an email at for any further queries.

  • Usha murugan

    My daughter is 5 years old. She repeats only 1 letter words now. Call me Amma, her father as appa,her sister as Akka, and relatives as aathai, mama, aachi, thatha, in their relationship. But she not try to speak other than this. She has good understanding. Please help me out. To make her speak.

    • Pratiksha Gupta

      Hello Usha, You must seek professional help. A detailed speech & language assessment followed by Speech Language Therapy is a must for your child.

  • Arpita Das

    My son is nearly 5 years. He can make three words sentence. But he cant make a story. He goes to school, can learn & write a little. He cant give attention a large span. Pls help me to increase his attention & more communicative.

  • Smitha

    Hi my son is 5 year old and he’s having difficulty in pronouncing Sh , T , D (phonics) Could you please suggest some help to improvise his speech.
    Thank you .

  • uzma

    my son is 2 years old.he only speeks 6 to 8 words.what should i can do that he starts talking?

    • Pratiksha Gupta

      Hello Uzma, you should consider taking an evaluation/assessment for your son. A speech language therapist will be able to guide you via a standardised testing to understand the current status of your son.

      Once a baseline is established, the therapist will be able to recommend further customised help for your son.

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