Children who have to undergo speech and language therapy can often find the process challenging for all kinds of reasons. Speech and language therapists are trained to help children face these challenges, supporting them as much as they can as they stretch themselves, and hopefully become more confident in themselves as they progress.
Many children find having to practise something they can find difficult very frustrating. Experienced, empathetic therapists will do all they can to keep them motivated and interested, but as parents, there are things that you can do to help support your child and boost their self-esteem.
Help your child
While it’s important that children are able to stretch themselves and make progress, don’t leave them struggling if they’re finding something particularly difficult. If a child is struggling with a sound, for instance, you can give them a visual clue, or begin to shape your mouth as if you’re
about to vocalise that sound. Help your child to be successful, and congratulate them when they are.
Bad days happen
We all have off days. We can be tired, distracted or not feeling at our best and as a result, we don’t perform at work and in our personal lives as well as we would like. Children are the same, and when it happens we may feel like our child is going backwards. Progress is never linear, so never be hard on your child if they perform poorly occasionally. Remind them of how well they’ve previously done, and reassure them they’ll do well again while using that particular session to concentrate on what they’re good at.
Accept that it’s hard
If we ourselves have never had difficulties with speech, it can be hard to understand just how challenging it can be for a child. Their peers may appear to find speech and language easy, and if adults become impatient with a child’s progress it can be shattering. Tell your child you understand how difficult it is, perhaps sharing details of something in life that you yourself find a challenge. Reassure them that they are making good progress despite how difficult it can be.
Give them all the time and space they need
A child with speech and language difficulties is likely to require more time to understand subjects and to express themselves. Whenever you can, you should ensure they have the time to do this. Don’t put undue pressure on them, and let them have time out if they need it.
Children who are undertaking speech and language therapy are frequently heroic in their efforts. Make sure you let them know just how proud you are of all their hard work. Call our team of experts to learn more today!