Why it's a great idea for the family to join in.

Are you worried about your other children tagging along to therapy sessions? Perhaps your other child can’t help but join in your telepractice session and call out all the answers. You may feel the need to carry them away or keep them occupied with something else.

 

Are you worried about your other children tagging along to therapy sessions? Perhaps your other child can’t help but join in your telepractice session and call out all the answers. You may feel the need to carry them away or keep them occupied with something else.

But it may not be as disruptive or unhelpful as you think. Having other family members involved in the session offers a number of benefits!

It benefits your child with communication difficulties

At Speech in Focus, our intervention methods have always aimed to equip your child with skills to use with the people and places that matter the most. By having siblings present in the session, your clinician is able to observe how your child interacts and communicates in a natural play scenario with other children. 

It also gives your child the opportunity to learn and apply practical play skills with the people that are most important in their lives. This might include understanding and using language needed for turn-taking, sharing and explaining rules of a game.

It benefits family members too!


Your child with speech and/or language difficulties is not the only person who can reap the rewards of speech pathology intervention – it can be advantageous for everyone involved!

The more family members that are involved in your child’s therapy means the more people who have developed a stronger understanding of your child’s communication needs. In turn, your child’s most important communication partners are able to develop and apply the skills to support their communication success.

How do I include the family?

There are many ways to get your family involved in an appropriate way:

  • Let your therapist know when there is another sibling attending. This allows them to tailor the goals to target collaborative play and interaction with the other child.
  • Your speech pathologist usually offers a communication book for you to keep – bring this with you to each session so that all recommendations and advice given by the therapist can be documented and shared with all other caretakers.
  • Schedule a telepractice session so that your therapist can take a look at your child’s most important and natural communication environment (home!).
  • Encourage your partner or older siblings to come along to the session every now and then.

What can your therapist do for you?


It’s important that you speak to your speech pathologist about getting the family involved in your child’s therapy. They are able to make recommendations about who, when and where it’s appropriate to have other family members present.

Your therapist can plan your child’s sessions so that they are making the most of having a sibling or additional parent present.

What will I see?


When family members get involved in the intervention process, the result is a child whose communication abilities are being understood and supported by multiple people. This allows greater opportunity for learning the application in real and important communication environments.

By Christine Merhi
info@speechinfocus.com.au
02 8065 1197

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