As a speech-language pathologist, my role has been to provide training and oversight to staff and parents in order to give them the tools to support language growth in every setting: school, home, community, vocational, and residential.
Irrespective of setting, my goal is to develop capable language service deliverers to support the learner.
Direct services—typically provided by the speech therapist in an office or clinic setting—have their place and can be very effective. However, having provided direct services, I know the frustration of seeing a child learn and develop new skills in the therapy session that are never carried over to daily life—where it matters.
Often, our intervention systems are not set up in a way that encourages generalization—many parents and teachers are not equipped with the education and skills to continue and foster the treatment interventions and goals outside of the therapy office.
When I work with a classroom or a family, I use embedded coaching to ensure that caregivers feel confident in their knowledge of the communication objectives and their ability to help their child achieve them. Simply put, embedded coaching is training that occurs in the moment—the parent/caregiver learns how to turn everyday interactions and routines into meaningful opportunities that promote communication skills.
Services are most effective when every person feels empowered to help the impaired communicator grow and thrive.
Family-centered therapy is a critical component of speech treatment for children. Please contact me with any questions.