- Does anyone know of a book and/or Web site where I can learn how to best provide speech therapy for my 3-1/2 year old?
He had a long term antibiotic ear infection early in his first year of life (lasted almost 6 months until it healed). This has effected his speach as he wasn't hearing clearly in those early months of development.
I recall seeing some homeschool information about speach therapy some time ago, but now I can't find anything other than my "rights" to have the local school district (if I would only choose to "fight" for their wordly influences to be provided) provide such training.
Also I realize the wealth of real-life experience we have on this list..have any of you done this for your children at home? Would appreciate hearing some real-life experience.
> Does anyone know of a book and/or Web site where I can learnI don't know how bad your son's problem is but my Daughter has Ehlers
> how to best provide speech therapy for my 3-1/2 year old?
Danlos ..One of the things that comes with this is an EXTREMELY high
palette which seemed to be affecting her speech when she first started
I talked to several speech doctors at the time and they all told me to wait -- except for one. What she told me seemed to help lots because Marty never did develop a speech problem once we started it. That one thing was tongue twisters said OVER and OVER again. We did this for about 4 months and since then she has never had a problem.
It could have been what the others told me and she grew out of it but I firmly believe it was the tongue twisters. We started out by me sing-songing them REALLY fast and then Hubby and I would laugh out loud and he would try them. When Marty heard her Dad trying to repeat them then she would join in. I would then say them one word at a time very slowly so she could hear the pronunciation and go over each word until she got it then we would go a little faster each time until she could sing them out without any help.
We made it into a game I would find a new one when the tried-and-true ones got old and start all over again. It helped her feel how her tongue moved in her mouth and supposedly it strengthens it so she had more control.
We would even do them in front of the mirror so she could see her own mouth and how it moved. I NEVER told her she had to do them or made it a "teaching" thing. I would do them any time any where..Cooking dinner, standing in line, driving down the road , even on our daily walks around town.
Believe it when I say If Sally sold ONE more Seashell down by the seashore on some days I thought I would scream..lol
You could contact your local Shriners also and see if they have a language center near you. They are often free and from what I have heard very good. If you can't find anyone to help you let me know and I can find a contact person for you in your local area.
>Does anyone know of a book and/or Web site where I can learnDawn -
>how to best provide speech therapy for my 3-1/2 year old?
I homeschool my daughter, but was able to access speech therapy prior to the
age of 5 through our local Early Intervention program. We've been able to
access it since, through medical insurance.
before you attempt speech therapy yourself, i would check out the school system. my middle son goes to a public school for speech therapy 2 times a week and has since he turned 3 (he's now 5 1/2).
when he turned 3, he tried to talk, but it was all just mumbles, and all sounded the same. I remember that i tried and tried, and could not get him to make sounds. the first visit with the therapist, he walked out and made an S sound perfectly. i almost cried. i had been trying to get him to make that sound for months.
he goes 2 times a week for 30 minutes, and each time they teach him a new sound, or clean up an old one. it's the one thing they seem to be VERY good at. it's one on one, and the person is trained to do ONLY speech therapy.
ps: they do the comprehensive testing first to check for hearing loss, attention span, all that...i've seen other homeschoolers talk about using the same test as an achievement test.
most of all...it cost nothing, and i dont have to send him to school to get the service.
they tell me he will be finished at the end of this school year (they said the same last year, but then decided he needed to stay another half year, then year)
I am a registered, licensed occupational therapist, and often work very
closely with speech therapists. I also have a daughter who has a mild
auditory processing disorder, and a mild head injury from a motor vehicle
accident. She went through two years of both occupational therapy and speech
I cannot strongly enough suggest that you seek out a good professional therapist who can fully evaluate your child and provide the best treatment. The therapist will give you and your child work to do at home, and can also adapt treatment if for some reason your child has difficulty with the program. A professional can also uncover problems you may not be aware are present, can look at the way language is used and perceived in addition to, or separate from, actual "speech," and can reevaluate as treatment progresses to show improvements, which may not be as obvious without the evaluations.
The best book in all the universe cannot possibly teach you all that a speech
and language pathologist can provide. Your health insurance may very likely
provide coverage for the evaluations, treatment and possibly for any equipment/tools/etc., which may enhance treatment.
It is also quite possible that your child may not be perceiving sound correctly, therefore, an auditory processing evaluation by a skilled audiologist is also recommended (not an ENT, but an audiologist). This is not to be confused with a hearing evaluation. An auditory processing evaluation looks at hearing and the way sounds are perceived. A person can have exceptional hearing, but may have processing deficits such as poor auditory closure, meaning they cannot "fill in the blanks" if some sounds are not heard. They may have trouble distinguishing some sounds. A speech therapist can help with all of these, but an audiologist is best at testing. And the kids enjoy the evaluation..it's fun for them. The audiologist can determine if your child could need additional services, such as occupational therapy, and/or a full cognitive evaluation, which would weed out any other perceptual problems or learning problems, which all too often go unrecognized for years.
I also highly recommend a private out patient rehab center for your evaluations and treatments. Such a center provides the therapists with the ability to have a strong team input.
The school systems often hire new graduates in the therapies, and they work very independently, without much opportunity for supervision or to learn from others' experience. Also, in the school environment, there is often pressure on the therapists who work for the schools where these problems are often not understood, and the schools want to keep therapy costs down. It is a very difficult environment for the therapist to be able to provide optimal treatment. They rely heavily on follow-through in the classrooms, which doesn't always happen. And, the school's treatment plans will only address academically related problems, whereas in private practice, treatment can be more inclusive, especially if you can provide some private pay (insurance's are also very limiting these days, but somewhat less limiting with children).
Don't let all of this information overwhelm you. Take it one step at a time...I suggest auditory processing evaluation because they can determine exactly what to do next, based on their findings. I don't know where you are
from, but the best center I can recommend is in Worcester. It is The Memorial Rehab Group, outpatient division. They have a great team approach and a fun center for kids. They are great advocates for kids too.
I really hope this helps.
- We just put our son, now 5, into speech therapy about 6 wks ago. He didn't
have any physical problems to cause the poor speech so we don't have to do
any of those type of exercises. But he needs practice in pronouncing the
What I've seen in the sessions could be done & we've started doing it at home too. I'm using the cards that I purchased with my Teaching Reading at Home which gives all the sounds for each letter &/or combination letters. Then work on words that contain them. He's improving very quickly which is great as the sessions cost $78. per half hour. Our insurance is supposed to kick in & cover it with the new year (changed companies) but my mother in law paid for 1 session per week to get us started.
By working on the sound individually & correcting him by repeating & showing him the lip & tongue positions there is progress. I haven't seen anything on the web that gives advice. Hope this helps.
> Does anyone know of a book and/or Web site where I can learn how to bestprovide speech therapy for my 3-1/2 year old?
My 8-year-old had ear infections on and off from birth to 41/2 years old that delayed his speech. We asked the local school district for help and after being a little persistant he was evaluated and entered into speech therapy there. The speech therapist had me bring him once a week for an hour for a private speech therapy session with her. It was a good situation. When he became school age, they wanted us to put him in school and group speech therapy. Big mistake. Wish we hadn't gone there. Pulled him out, found that our health insurance would pay for private speech therapy, which we did for a year, and now he's finished!
Speech therapy isn't the only thing that helps. Reading slowly and clearly, favorite stories in a quite place every day helps. Learning to read by phonics helped tremendously. He corrected many mispronounced words on his own as he learned to read them correctly.
Good luck. Have fun.
I taught several years in a parochial school (read no gov. money available
for any remediation) Any remediation that students needed, parents and
teachers had to come up with themselves. From this background, I can
recommend a couple programs, both created by speech therapists.
ATV (audio, tactile, visual) The material has gone out under several different titles. (The author has excellent material but his heart isn't in marketing.) Though the books were prepared for children with reading difficulties, the material itself has proved helpful for children with either reading or speech difficulties. For example, I had a grade 1 student, adopted, with only 20% intelligible speech. He was very bright but couldn't translate the sounds he heard into distinct spoken speech. (This was the diagnosis from a private speech therapist.) Drawing from this program, using lots of parent and teacher time, he both learned to read and to speak so that he could be understood. I haven't done any web searching but the last name the program was going under was Action Phonics. My books are dated 1985 and list the address Frank Lang, Rt. 7, Box 85, Ringgold Georgia, 30736.
The second resource that I would recommend is "Game Way to Phonics" by Ellen Dana, B.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology. From the front cover: This phonetic-based reading system is based on playing games, each of which is a learning strategy with concepts borrowed from speech pathology and developed to assist beginning students in learning to read the English language. These activities are presented in a sequence with visual, and motor movement, as well as auditory information so that all senses will assist in the learning process. copyright 1994, Caring Communications P.O. Box 486 Camas, WA 98607
I don't remember the price of this second one but it wasn't much and the small manual that comes with it is very helpful despite is simple appearance. Also, many of the games could be played by a student that didn't read.
My last tidbit is this. There was a time when many thought that only trained teachers knew the "magic" that was needed to teach a child to read, write, do math, etc. We now know differently. Many still believe that it requires a specialist to overcome speech difficulties or reading difficulties or any number of problems. A few determined parents can tell you differently on this account as well. There is no magic in any degree, just knowledge and knowledge is available to anyone who will seek it out.
Let me know if there is any other way I can help.
>There is no magic in any degree, just knowledge. And knowledgeWhile I agree that there is a great deal that parents can do, I also think that we need to have the problem clearly diagnosed by a trained professional. I have a child with severe learning disabilities and find I am able to address many issues through research and study. I believe she does better with me, getting one-on-one instruction than she would in school, but there are certain areas where I have needed professional guidance from occupational, physical, and speech therapists. They teach me so I can better teach my child. Like my children, I sometimes learn things best by seeing them modeled for me rather than out of a book.
>is available to anyone who will seek it out.
- It's sounds like some of you have had good experiences with using the
public school system for speech therapy. That's great but I would
ask a lot of questions before using them. The local ps school here
has a professional evaluate the children but a teachers assistant
does the therapy in group settings (A teachers assistant at this
school needs only a GED to get hired).
Barb in Hampton, VA
> Does anyone know of a book and/or Web site where I can learn how tobest provide speech therapy for my 3-1/2 year old?
Hi, Dawn! My son needed speech therapy at 3, and our state
(Florida) provided it for a year through early intervention services.
So, you may definitely want to look into that. I received the
referral through my son's pediatrician. Now that he's 7, he has
learning disabilities which they are testing him for this month, but
they have already said they don't like to help children until they
are 10 or 11 to prevent them being labelled as they feel many
children outgrow their problems (translation: I think they want to
save money). And, our insurance doesn't cover unless its accident-
related. So, I found a cool catalog I had heard recommended on
another list, Super Duper Publications, which has speech and language
materials. They have some books & resources that parents can use
also. I noticed they have "It takes Two To Talk: A Parent's Guide to
Helping Children Communicate" which says it teaches parents how to
facilitate their children's language learning through everyday
conversations, daily routines, play activites, music, book reading,
and art activities". They have some other books you may want to look
at also. I always try to order any books through my Interlibrary Loan
at the library so I can check them out first. The website for the
catalog is www.superduperinc.com if you're interested. Hope this
Karen mom to 7 yr. ds & 1 yr. dd
- RESOURCES: EDUCATION LAW
while your children may be homeschooled, they should be able to continue to receive required therapies. You may want to talk to your local Parent Training Organization -- or a special education advocacy group. free legal info @ your child's rights are available via [this site] Good luck.
- RESOURCES: PRINTABLES
you can go to [this site] and they have flash cards as well as other worksheets.
[MOD: For the record, I could find no resources related to speech therapy on this site. They do offer "over 5000+ free printable pages", among them flash cards, worksheets, portfolios, and shape books. --mdb]