The period after your child’s language delay diagnosis can be an unsettling time for the whole family. What does it mean? What happens now? Having a speech and language assessment for your child with a professional speech therapist is a great first step, but you may wonder if, as a parent, if there is even more that you can do.
As a parent, you want to do more than simply observe your child’s therapy. You want to be involved.
Here are some tips on how you can reinforce your child’s speech and language therapy at home.
Understanding and Patience
Helping your child begins with understanding the diagnosis. Your speech therapist can help explain the nature of the delay. Possible sources of a speech delay in children include: oral motor difficulties (trouble using the lips, tongue, and/or jaw to make sounds), hearing problems, a cleft palate, or dental issues.
Language delays can be broken down into two categories: receptive language, which refers to the process of understanding what is said, and expressive language, which is the use of words and sentences to communicate messages to others. Delays can occur in one or both categories.
Achieving goals takes time, it is important to recognize that each child is an individual and the time it takes to achieve certain goals will vary.
As a parent, you can encourage your child in many different ways.
Language and speech is developed, not taught. Parents are the main language and speech role models for their children. The key is to foster a supportive, natural approach to treating your child’s language delay outside of the method used in their program.
You have the opportunity to show your child the practical, real-world applications and make use of everyday situations to reinforce language. For example, if your child is with you when you clean a room or shop for groceries, talk your way through the process. Verbally identify the items you pick up and what you’re doing with them and then pausing to give your child an opportunity to talk.
We will work with you to develop ways to support your child’s speech therapy at home in a fun, engaging, and supportive manner. For more information or to book an assessment please leave a message here.
Stroke affects everybody differently. Why? Because everyones brain and bodies are different. Many stroke survivors continue to improve over a long time, sometimes even over a number of years. Recovery from
stroke involves making changes in the physical, social and, emotional aspects of your life. These changes play a critical part in preventing additional strokes as well as facilitating recovery.
Let’s look at 8 vital steps for stroke recovery:
Recognize Symptoms of Stroke
One of the most important ways to successfully recover from a stroke, is by taking preventative measures such as knowing and recognizing the symptoms of a stroke because immediate treatment can be life saving
and can greatly affect the chances for a full recovery.
Leg exercises after experiencing a stroke are crucial for recovery. Each patient should have a custom exercise routine, personalized for you. There are several exercises that should be included in most every stroke survivor’s regimen. Low-impact strength and stretching leg exercises for stroke recovery are essential.
One of the most common deficiencies following a stroke is the impairment of the arm and hand. This typically results in decreased strength, coordination, and range of motion. As with rehabilitating any
part of the body with reduced function after a stroke, it is important to consistently repeat the exercises and stretches to strengthen the brain-muscle connections.
Paralysis is the inability of a muscle to move voluntarily. The primary symptoms of paralysis are stiff muscles, weakness, and lack of coordination. Fortunately, there are several methods of treatment in
addition to therapy to help manage and recover from this.
Difficulty Speaking and Communicating
Another common side effect of stroke is aphasia, which is the inability to speak or understand speech. This is one of the most frustrating side effects for survivors to deal with. It is important to be patient and send
out a message that you care through light hand touches and hugs.
Counteract Learned Non-Use
Muscles have the potential to waste away due to cell degeneration. If the limbs that have been weakened after a stroke, are not consistently exercised over time. This often occurs when the person tries to compensate for their weak limb by using their stronger limb more often. Daily attempts to move the affected limbs are necessary to maintain and improve functionality.
Set Recovery Goals with Your Therapist
Setting specific and meaningful goals can help keep one focused and motivated once they are achieved. These goals can range from simple tasks to long-term accomplishments.
Since apathy is common during stroke recovery, staying motivated can be a challenge. Combining one’s interests with a solid rehabilitation plan, can effectively eradicate feelings of lethargy and depression. The
best thing to do is to focus on a reason for recovery and to associate it with your plan of action.
The process of stroke recovery is long and full of ups, downs, twists, and turns. It takes hard work and dedication to regain mental and physical function after a stroke.
Are you or a loved one recovering from a stroke? Message us and we’ll call you back to make an appointment.
If you have a child in grade 4 to 12, then you will know that this time of the year is filled with angst and worry. The formal examinations are upon us and unfortunately it can turn some of the calmest households into battlefields.
As parents we are there in trenches with our offspring. Helping with schedules and study calendars and flash cards and making sure they’re eating well. Sadly though, we cannot write these exams for them and they will have to brave this on their own. But what if your child has a barrier to learning?
Concessions or accommodations are made available to learners who have been identified, as per the WCED
Here’s what you should know:
In order to qualify for a concession or accommodation learners need to have been assessed and to show at least average intellectual ability and a significant long-term learning disability, which will compromise examination performance.
The following concessions can be applied for during examinations:
- Extra time
- A prompter
- A scribe (someone to write down their answers)
- A reader (someone to read the exam paper for them)
- Amanuensis (A person who reads and scribes for the learner)
- Spelling concessions
- Handwriting concessions (for learners who suffer from Dysgraphia)
- Enlarged print
- Use of a computer
- Permission to take food / medication during the examination
- Practical assistant
- Rest breaks
- Separate venue
- Permission to use special equipment
The following documents need to be submitted in application of concessions and accommodations:
- A recent, full-psycho educational assessment report
- Relevant medical reports
- Supporting historical evidence (such as previous assessment reports, progress reports as well as Occupational Therapy reports, Speech Therapy reports, Physiotherapy reports, etc)
- Teacher comments (detailed observations by the teacher about how the learner is coping in class as well as whether the teacher is in favour of the concession or accommodation for the learner) School reports as well as samples of work done at school.
Keep in mind though that the final decision to grant the concessions or accommodations lies with the education department.
Do you have a child with a learning barrier? Message us below, and we will get in contact with you.
The ultimate goal of speech therapy is to help a child to improve their communication. For autistic children, this is especially important because communication is a key component in their ability to form relationships and function in their world.
Speech therapy can help to:
Develop the ability to express their wants and needs –
This might be by using verbal and non-verbal communication aids. Kids with autism need to be taught how to exchange ideas with others. This is not only important within the family, but also when they move outside of the home and want to build relationships with their peers.
Understand what is being said to them –
Speech therapy helps children with autism to comprehend the verbal and nonverbal communication that other people use. It helps them to recognize cues like body language and facial expressions. Speech therapy can also help a child with autism to understand how to initiate communication without prompting from others.
Communicate in order to develop friendships and interact with peers –
Some children with autism struggle with the spontaneity and unpredictability of casual conversations. Some also have very specific interests and find it hard to talk about other things. Speech therapy can assist these children with strategies for socializing with other kids.
Learn to communicate in a way that other people understand –
Autism sometimes brings with it distinctive learning patterns and extraordinary language processing. They sometimes learn spoken language in chunks. They might repeat long ‘chunks’ of favourite stories or TV shows without really understanding what they’re saying. This is called ‘echolalia’ and speech therapy helps children to find ways to overcome it when talking with others.
Articulate words and sentences well –
Many children with autism also have difficulty with time concepts, abstract language and vocabulary. Non-literal language like idioms, hints and indirect instructions can also be tricky.
Does your child with autism need speech therapy?
To find out how we can help your child, contact us on 063 068 1814 or leave a message here