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5 Tips for Halloween for children with communication disorders

happy-halloween Halloween is right around the corner and the excitement level is rising!  Trick-or-Treating is a rite of passage for most children as they grow up.  But, if your child has a communication disorder, it might be a cause of anxiety for him or her.  Here are 5 tips to help make Halloween and Trick-or-Treating less stressful for your child with a communication disorder!

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  1.  If your child needs help understanding what trick-or-treating is all about, create a social story or read books about Halloween as the night approaches.  This will allow your child to become familiar with the trick-or-treating routine and with Halloween-related vocabulary and phrases!
  2. If your child has a speech sound disorder and has trouble saying “trick-or-treat” clearly, practice this phrase ahead of time to see if he/she can get a close approximation.  If not, come up with your own unique phrase to use instead of “trick-or-treat!”
  3. If your child has complex communication needs and uses alternative methods of communication, add some Halloween related phrases to his/her communication system!  “trick-or-treat!” “Happy Halloween!” “boo!” or even a cute Halloween joke! “How do you make a Witch itch?”  “You take away the w!”                                                   boardmaker
  4. Help your child really prepare for trick-or-treating by practicing!  Let your child practice knocking on the door and saying trick-or-treat and thank you!
  5. If Trick-or Treating is too much for your child, consider staying home with him/her and handing out candy instead.  This still allows your child to be a part of the Halloween fun without being overwhelmed by everything that comes with trick-or-treating.

 

We hope these tips help your child prepare for and enjoy Halloween!

Summer Speech Therapy

Does your child receive speech therapy at school during the school year but not during the summer?

Are you concerned about them not receiving services for two months?

Are you looking for someone to provide services over the summer?

Call Golden Speech Therapy! 

Summer is a time to enjoy the sun, head to the beach and have some fun!  However, if your child has a speech/language disorder you don’t want them to take any steps back.  Golden Speech Therapy in Plymouth is happy to offer services in a fun, family-centered environment.

Booking an appointment for an evaluation in the next few months can assure that your child is able to begin receiving services before the end of the school year!

Call today to inquire about our services or to book an appointment.

781-603-8529

What did I learn today? How can I use it?

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I have a sign hanging by the door in my office for my clients to read (if they are able to) on their way out.  It says: “STOP! Think about it….  WHY do I come to speech?  WHAT did I learn today?  HOW can I use it outside of speech?”

The meaning behind this sign is so important.  I try to address these questions with all of my clients.  In order to make progress it is so important for clients to know what they are working on and why it is important.  While it is easier for my older clients to take ownership of their therapy than it is for my younger clients, a key piece to the puzzle is also the caregivers.

As a parent of a child in speech therapy it is so important to be involved.  Being “involved” may mean a variety of different things depending on you, your child and your child’s therapist.  For some families it may be beneficial for the parent to sit in the therapy room for every session.  This will allow the parent to watch the techniques the therapist uses, understand the goals that are being worked on and easily take away strategies to use at home.  For other families, having the parent in the room can be too distracting for the child.  In this case, the parent may instead choose to sit in for one session every month or every other month.  Or, if possible, the parent may watch the therapy through a one-way mirror in an adjoining room.

Whether the parent is in the room or not, it is important for the parent and therapist to have open communication.  In my clinic, I try to take the last 5-10 minutes of my session to talk with the parent.  I inform them about what goals we addressed that day, what activities we completed and what carryover activities can be done at home.  This is also a time for parents to ask any questions they may have.  Parents and therapists should work as a team to have open communication and share ideas/strategies to increase the progress of the child.

If you are a parent of a child in speech therapy (or any other kind of therapy!) I urge you to truly be involved in your child’s therapy.  Think about the words on the sign:

Know WHY your child goes to therapy.

Know WHAT your child is working on in therapy.

Know HOW you can promote the carryover of skills to outside of therapy.

You are your child’s best teacher and advocate!