WHAT IS PARENT COACHING?
Parents can be their child's speech therapist. In parent coaching, a speech therapist teaches you how to use the best and most effective speech therapy strategies with your child. You learn with an SLP via a live online video chat.
Teaching parents to be key players in their child's intervention has been shown in studies to be crucial to making progress.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM BEST FOR?
This program is best for kids who are ages 1-5 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, have a delay or disorder has been shown to have worse outcomes
Learning the strategies SLPs use helps 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 style 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 (toys, household items) to facilitate speech and language. We also teach them how to use strategies during everyday activities like meals, bath-time and other routines. 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.
It's usually cheaper that 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 therapists alone.
SOME MORE ABOUT PARENT COACHING
Parent Coaching with Speech Therapy that Works focuses on empowering you, the parent, to help your child grow and reach their fullest potential. Continue reading about how we can help your child communicate and read our FAQs below if you have any questions.
With this coaching program, we provide parents with the necessary speech therapy tools and strategies to learn to support their child’s communication development through everyday interactions and play. Studies have shown that parents help kids make the most progress.
Some of the areas of speech and language we help parents facilitate with their toddlers include:
Understanding the meaning of words
Following simple directions
Responding to their name
Pointing to common objects
Identifying body parts
Making eye contact
Using vocalizations and/or words to communicate
Naming pictures and objects in their environment &
Greeting others including saying hello/goodbye/waving
Using longer sentences
Using age appropriate articulation skills
Improving pretend play
Learning to understand how a child is communicating and incorporating speech therapy strategies into a child’s daily life transforms challenging situations into positive outcomes.
Our parent coaching program is also important to help you, the parent, be mindful of your own feelings and reactions (yes, it can be frustrating not knowing what your child wants) to enhance the dynamic of the parent-child relationship.
It's important to remember that kids that make the most progress usually have very involved parents. And if you're wondering if your toddler or late talker needs speech therapy, read our blog post to learn if your toddler is a late talker, or if it may be something else. And remember, whether you do have a late talker or if it's a delay or disorder, research shows that children with communication difficulties make the most progress when they receive early intervention speech therapy.
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 dinner table with lunch and a book; our SLPs will teach you strategies to help you child achieve their speech or language goals.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
To learn more about our parent coaching program, contact us with the form below. It's free to chat with a speech therapist to find out of this type of therapy is best for you and your child.