Why Might my Child Receive Speech or Occupational Therapy?
Has your child been referred for speech or occupational therapy? Do you wonder why, or if it’s really necessary? Find out some of the main reasons students are referred for therapy and what to expect:
The primary goal of Speech-Language Pathology, or Speech Therapy, is to improve your child’s communication. There are several reasons why your child may have been referred for speech therapy, including but not limited to:
- Difficulty understanding or processing what others are saying
- Difficulty putting words together or expressing oneself
- Difficulty producing sounds, or saying words incorrectly
- Stuttering or prolonging sounds and syllables (e.g. ssssssnake)
- Irregular pitch, volume or quality of voice
- Drooling, eating or swallowing challenges
What are the Benefits of Speech Therapy?
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- Improvement in ability to understand and communicate thoughts, ideas, and feelings
- Increased ability to problem-solve independently
- Achievement of school skills
- Improved vocal quality
- Improved swallowing function and safety
- Greater self-esteem and quality of life
The primary goal of pediatric occupational therapy is to help your child interact with his or her environment and peers, achieving independence in areas such as playing, learning, and self-care. There are a number of reasons your child may have been referred for occupational therapy, including but not limited to:
- Birth injuries or defects
- Autism/pervasive developmental disorders or delays
- Difficulties with learning
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Broken bones or severe injury
- Spina bifida
- Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or other chronic illnesses
- Low muscle tone or strength
- Delayed motor skill development
- Difficulty with handwriting
- Behavioral or social skill challenges
- Difficulty completing tasks easily attained by peers
- Limited attention or ability to participate in age-appropriate activities
What are the Benefits of Occupational Therapy?
There are a number of common goals targeted within Occupational Therapy:
- Filtering out extra stimuli to focus on classroom lessons
- Cognition: problem-solving, attention, processing speed, memory, and comprehension
- Hand-eye coordination (writing on the blackboard, throwing, and catching a ball, etc.)
- Fine-motor skills (handwriting, typing on a keyboard, opening a milk carton, etc.)
- Gross-motor skills (large muscles used for running/jumping/kicking)
- Grasping and manipulating tools such as pencils, scissors, rulers, fork, and knife
- Using and maintaining appropriate hygiene
- Interacting and engaging with peers in an age-appropriate manner
- Time management and organizational skills
- Managing inattention and impulses to ensure participation in school experiences
How Long Will my Child Receive Therapy?
The length of time and frequency your child is in occupational therapy is determined by their assessment and Individualized Education Program (IEP). At the beginning of your program, a set of expectations will be shared with you. As your child progresses, these expectations will be revisited, and revised as necessary.