Many parents are led to believe that speech and educational therapy for children is needed only for those who have speech and language problems, or are not able to talk properly and not communicating effectively in order to express their needs and wants. While speech and language therapy is needed for children who are not able to achieve to milestones related to communication, it is also very helpful for children who are bang on with achieving their milestones. Speech and language therapy can be helpful in a lot of ways for children who are good at communicating themselves and in this article we will debunk some of the common myths related to speech and language therapy for kids.
First of all parents need to realize that all children face some difficulty in expressing themselves in the early stages of development and you should not judge or force your child too much to speak if she is not being too vocal. There is an age and time for everything and you need to be patient with your child in order to help her express better and in a much effective manner.
1. Speech and language therapy assesses a child’s overall communication skills.
Every child processes communication, words and sentences in a particular manner. A speech and language therapist maps these patterns and helps a parent and teachers understand how the child is processing information and then using it to communicate to other people and caregivers. The therapist uses many ways and techniques to understand how the child uses words to think and later expresses them through responses to questions or ideates or imagines. This is a part of a very complex study and this can be very helpful in teaching your child to communicate effectively with others. This is applicable not only for children who are late bloomers but also for children who speak very well and have no qualms in expressing themselves.
2. Speech and language therapy helps children to build on numerous associated skills related to communication
There are numerous other skills related to communication, other than talking and these areas also need to be developed in order to help your child communicate better. These associated skills are learning to listen while communicating with other. Listening also involves paying close attention to people while they are talking to them. Other related skills involve visualization and comprehension, following instructions and express when not being able to follow a particular instruction.
3. Speech and language therapy also strengthens the way children uses language
Therapy can also help children to use language better and use it for various other skills like problem solving skills. It is important that parents understand that language is not just for communicating but for many other life skills. Children use language to think, evaluate, to come to conclusion and also to logically explain a particular situation or actions. Language also helps them to summarize and understand complex situation. This is much more than just receiving and imparting information and impact children at a much deeper level and the way they perceive the world.
4. How can parents help children to be better communicators
Since parents are the primary caregivers and get to spend the maximum amount of time with children, they can help children in a very impactful way to be better communicators. First of all don’t just concentrate on the big words to help your child communicate. If the child wants to jump and you have taught him to say “I WANT JUMP”, research says that this might not be the best way to communicate.
Teach your children grammatically correct sentences to help them communicate better.