PARENT COACHING - SPEECH THERAPY FOR TODDLERS

WHAT IS PARENT COACHING?


Parents can be their child's BEST speech therapist. Help your child start talking with the most effective speech therapy strategies, which you learn with a speech therapist via a live online video chat.

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM BEST FOR?

Kids who are ages 18 months to 5 years old who may not be receiving speech therapy services for a variety of reasons. For example, these children: 

  • May be on a wait list for speech therapy

  • Didn't qualify for early intervention

  • Live in an area with minimal or no access to a speech therapist

  • Have parents that are busy with other kids/work/home life, making travel to a clinic difficult

 

WHY PARENTS SHOULD ENROLL IN PARENT COACHING

There are many reasons parents should learn speech therapy strategies through this coaching program. Here are some great reasons why:

  • Kids who are late talkers/speech delayed have been shown to have worse outcomes
     

  • After learning speech therapy strategies parents use them all day and all week. This helps kids learn faster. 
     

  • Children at this age learn best in their natural environment (e.g., home, daycare etc.) with people that they feel comfortable with (e.g.,  parents, grandparents, caregivers). 
     

  • Traditional face to face therapy provides approximately 1 hour per week of therapy.  Using a family centered approach, families can implement ~60 hours of intervention throughout the week when a parent knows how to use these strategies.
     

  • We teach parents and caregivers to use everyday items like your child's toys, during everyday activities like meals, bath-time and other routines. Studies show that the magic lies in the family's interactions with the child.​
     

  • By working with families to develop goals, speech therapists are able to help families to improve interactions with their children in areas that matter most to them. 
     

  • A parent is a child's FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT teacher. And studies have shown that parents help kids make the most progress. 
     

  • It's usually cheaper than speech therapy. Why? Because kids who's parents use the strategies speech therapists teach them end up graduating from speech a lot earlier than kids who work with speech therapists alone. 
     

  • Parents feel empowered that they are taking an active role in their child's progress. 

WHAT YOUR TODDLER CAN LEARN WITH PARENT COACHING

 

  • Understanding the meaning of words

  • Following simple directions

  • Responding to their name

  • Pointing to common objects

  • Identifying body parts/family members

  • Making eye contact

  • Using gestures/vocalizations and/or words to communicate

  • Naming pictures and objects in their environment &
    increasing vocabulary

  • Greeting others including saying hello/goodbye/waving

  • Using longer sentences

  • Using age appropriate articulation skills

  • Improving pretend play 

Do you have some more questions?  Read our FAQs below .

 

You can send us a message for a free parent coaching consultation


HOW COACHING HELPS PARENTS
 

  • Empowers parents to take an active role in their child's development and decreases feelings of guilt (speech/language issues in a child a not a parent's fault!)
     

  • Decreases the child's frustration and tantrums (usually higher in speech delayed kids) therefore increasing parental happiness
     

  • Saves parents money. Speech therapy online is cheaper than traditional face to face therapy; and kids graduate from speech faster
     

  • Helps parents be mindful of their feelings and reactions (yes, it can be frustrating not knowing what your child wants)
     

  • Enhances the positive dynamic of the parent-child relationship
     

  • Engages parents in the early intervention model which has been shown in research to help kids make the most progress when they receive early intervention speech therapy
     

  • Helps parents learn that kids that make the most progress usually have very involved parents

PARENT COACHING FAQs

1. How does the parent coaching session work?

It's very simple. Our sessions are online and are facilitated by incredible speech therapists who are experienced in early intervention.

2. Do I need special technology to have the sessions?

No! Sessions are available to you via Zoom (see their technical specs here) and you just use your laptop, tablet or smart phone to have your video session. We've never had a client that said getting online was difficult. Our therapists will send you a link to their private online meeting room. Just launch it and go!

3. When can I have a session?

There are plenty of time slots available. Afternoons and weekends are generally highly requested by parents, and our speech therapists will be available at those times that are most convenient.

 

4. How does a session work?

Our speech therapists will work with you as you interact with your child. You can be on the floor with a bunch of toys or at the table with lunch and a book; our SLPs will teach you strategies to help you child achieve their speech or language goals. 

5. I'm not sure if my child has a speech language delay. What can I do? 
Speech Therapy that Works has a free online toddler screening tool. You will get results reviewed by a speech therapist within 72 hours. This is a good first step. 

6. My child is older. Can we still sign up for parent coaching? 
Yes you can. It's always an option to train parents and caregivers in strategies to help their kids. When kids are older, they can also take online sessions with the therapist independently. Online speech therapy works just as well as traditional face to face therapy for the right kids. They also love being online with the therapist - playing games and learning at the same time. 

7. Does my child need an evaluation to start?

It's always helpful to have an evaluation so that our speech therapists will know where to start. But don't worry if you don't have one available. We can complete one online with you and your child.

8. How much do parent coaching sessions cost?
Sessions with Speech Therapy that Works are significantly less expensive than other speech therapy sessions. Contact us for more information. Sessions can be as low as $70 (USD) per session. 

Contact us to learn more about our parent coaching program. It's free to chat with a speech therapist to find out of this type of therapy is best for your child.