Tips for Parents: Language Expansion at Home
Allied Services Integrated Health System is dedicated to providing speech therapy to patients with various needs and abilities. Lisa Loyd, SP, has worked as a pediatric speech pathologist here at Allied Services Integrated Health System since 2012. Loyd says, “Better Speech and Hearing Month is a great time to increase awareness of how we’re able to affect change in our patient’s ability to communicate to their maximum potential. It is so meaningful to know that we can make such a difference!”
In honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month, Loyd has shared some common language expansion techniques for parents to use at home:
By profession and training, speech pathologists have the ability to affect change in their patients’ ability to communicate. However, parents are some of the best teachers of language. They have the most opportunities to impact a child’s language development. When you have a child with a speech disorder, you may not know where to start. At-home speech therapy should include several important language expansion techniques that parents and other communication partners should use. While it might feel or sound silly, communication partners should talk aloud to young children, clearly narrating events and actions, even though the child might not respond. The following are a collection of tips and techniques that speech therapists recommend to the families they work with.
The following are a collection of common tips and techniques recommended by speech therapists at Allied Services for expanding speech in the home.