The back-to-school period can be difficult for children with speech and language difficulties. Here’s how parents and guardians can provide them with the support they need.
The back to school period is always going to be a worrying time for children, especially when they’re dealing with speech and language difficulties. As a parent, it’s only natural you’ll want to help them however you can, so here’s a few tips on how to make sure they have access to all the support they need to thrive.
Depending on their particular difficulties with speech and language, you can help them practice certain phrases that will help them in situations that are likely to come up. Something as simple as practicing saying “I don’t understand” or “please can you say that again?” can be a huge help in the classroom.
Outside the classroom, your child might not be confident in making friends. Again, practice can potentially make a big difference here. You can even play-act with them to teach them how to start conversations. Simply getting your child in the habit of asking someone’s name and if they can play with them will give them the tools to strike up their own friendships.
If your child’s school has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), it is a good idea to meet with them and discuss how they will be supporting your child at school. If not, then talk to their class teacher. They will be able to update you with how your child is progressing, as well as potentially providing you with ways you can help at home.
Perhaps the most simple thing you can do is talk to your child and be aware of their needs. Asking them about their day is good, but when they get home they might be tired and hungry and not have the energy to answer questions. Be patient; you can always talk to them about their day during or after dinner, when they’ve had time to rest.
Finally, praise from a parent or guardian can mean a huge amount from a child worried about their first weeks at school. You can do this directly when you hear about their day, or indirectly by praising them to another adult in front of them. This will not only provide them with a big boost to their self-esteem, it will also help them understand what behaviours they should be following.
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