After completing master's degrees in Speech Language Pathology, Lauren Sigona and Alexandria Daquila started working in New York City schools. According to a Staten Island paper, the two ladies soon realized speech therapy was about more than just the experience the children had during the school day.
That's why these women opened SensationALL Kids, a speech therapy facility that combines speech and sensory therapy to create an environment where their clients have fun while learning. If you are a speech therapist, no matter where you work, there are at least three ways you can follow these women's example to create a rewarding experience for your clients.
Focus on Unique Needs
Not every person is going to learn in exactly the same way. Therapy should be adapted to fit the needs of the individual. While one client might do fine sitting down repeating the same sound over and over again, another person might achieve greater success by moving around while learning. Be willing to adapt your teaching to meet the needs of each person.
Speech therapy can be a frustrating experience for children (or adults) who are struggling to say words and sounds correctly. If there's no reward for their efforts, children can struggle to understand why they should keep trying. Playing with a favorite toy, picking a game, getting a sticker on a chart, or an assortment of other things may be the incentive the child needs to keep working. Like the overall therapy, the incentive may need to be adapted based on the child's interests.
Make It Fun
Having an enjoyable time is one key to successful therapy for children. This can be especially beneficial if the children think they are only playing, not realizing that their play is a part of their therapy. Plus, having fun while in therapy makes the children want to work harder.
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