Is Speech Therapy Fun?
Families are sometimes worried that speech therapy will be a difficult task for their child. Speech therapists at Anderson Therapy Services pride themselves in making speech therapy fun for all ages! After meeting their speech therapists, children often cannot wait to attend their next speech therapy session. Why?
1) Speech therapists target goals using toys and games.
Our speech therapists carefully select toys and games that will help your child work towards their speech and language goals. For younger children, these games might include a farm, car wash, play dough, or bubbles. For older children, these games might include colouring pages, board games, or card games. This play-based approach allows for a rich learning environment. Children are often having so much fun that they do not even notice that they are working on their speech goals.
2) Speech therapists use materials that motivate the client.
Every child is unique, and they also have unique interests! Speech therapists use these interests to engage children in learning activities. When a child is interested in an activity, they are more likely to work hard and stay focused on the task for a longer period of time. Children are working towards their speech and language skills while doing something that they enjoy! It is a win-win for the client and the speech therapist.
3) Speech therapists write goals that are functional for the client and their family.
Speech therapy does not follow a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Goals and treatment plans are geared towards what is relevant, functional, and works best for the child and their family.
4) Speech therapists give the client some control over the session.
Providing the child with the opportunity to pick between activities gives them autonomy in their speech therapy session. When children can make their own choices, they are more likely to participate and work hard towards their speech therapy goals.
If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development, contact us to speak with a speech-language professional today. Speech-Language Pathologists are trained to assess and recognize delays in speech and skills and offer fun and effective therapy programs to help support your child’s development.