Speech therapy involves teaching the students how to coordinate the air stream, mouth, and mind to accurately produce a speech sound. The therapist teaches individualized strategies to help each student experience success. Once the student is successful at making the sound, the therapist works up a hierarchy of complexity. This will then expand to include making the sound in syllables, words, phrases, sentences, and conversation.
If the student struggles with understanding information, therapy might start with learning the meaning of concepts such as colors, sizes, shapes, placement, and amounts. Next, therapy would involve adding these key words into directions. Likewise, sessions would help the student remember key information so he or she can apply the knowledge to the activity.
Early language learners and students who have more severe challenges will experience therapy adventures that provide them with the building blocks of functional language. During the engaging sessions, the therapist will use a variety of prompts while striving to help the student become independent with using his or her new skills so he or she can happily participate in life’s activities in ways that are most successful.
The ability to communicate is directly correlated with ability to achieve success. Together, we are building smiles, mending spirits, and engaging students in their lives.
Factors that impact how long a student will be in a speech therapy program include:
A student who has mild errors (one or two error sounds) will likely graduate from therapy within one school year. Multiple errors may take longer to remediate. Ultimately, the student’s team determines appropriate goals that help him or her to move forward in successful steps.
Physical, developmental, sensory, attention, and learning challenges can prevent children from fully experiencing their occupations. Modifying tasks or the environment, incorporating tools, and enriching skills can improve a child’s life. To explore the tremendous scope of services that occupational therapists provide for children, visit this link from AOTA’s website: http://www.aota.org/en/About-Occupational-Therapy/Professionals/CY.aspx
When children are deprived of interventions that were created to improve their present and future, we are limiting their contributions and overall well-being. The reality is that many schools struggle to provide an ideal level of service due to geographical challenges, population variances, and low regional retention of professionals. When the goal is to improve children's lives by bringing professional support to their day, your solution may be to access your therapist through online therapy.
TinyEYE’s online occupational therapists are highly trained to drive our students’ experience and outcomes. The sooner we can support our students so that they can more easily participate in academic and life experiences, the sooner we can redistribute the resources of our schools and communities.
Without consistent support, caseloads may grow to their fullest capacity but children may not. As years progress, their learning and independence gaps can become wider. This can add strain to education and community systems.
The schools we serve sought an effective strategy for upholding their accountabilities to their students and communities. Through TinyEYE, they now partner with our experienced online therapists, who are committed to making a difference for each child. With student-specific support, each child can experience a positive sense of self-worth, success, and joy....all because we believed in the value of their potential and the significance of a solution.