60% of all human communications are non-verbal: body language. 30% is in the tone. That is to say, 90% of what you communicate…. does not come out of our mouth.– (From the film Hitch)
WHAT DOES THE IMPAROLE SPEECH THERAPIST DO IN REHABILITATION DO? HOW DOES IT HELP CHILD AND PARENTS?
After evaluating the child’s communicative skills through play and language skills through specific tests, which are essential for setting up a targeted and child-friendly speech therapy treatment, the speech therapist and parents will find the right way to facilitate language acquisition. Parents know the child, his or her interests, fun activities and those that close him or her. Through play, songs, drawing, stories and other materials that appeal to the child, we will work on the articulation of sounds, words, widening of vocabulary, sentence construction and narrative.
WHAT MATERIALS DOES THE SPEECH THERAPIST USE IN THERAPY?
The materials used in therapy are very varied and depend on the cognitive skills and interests of the child. They can be of various kinds: sounds, like songs, figurative, such as drawings and books, or puppets and other materials for a symbolic game.
HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK DOES THE SPEECH THERAPIST SEE THE CHILD?
The speech therapist and team will evaluate the weekly frequency (1/2 times) as needed.
HOW CAN THE PARENT HELP THE CHILD EVERY DAY?
The speech therapist will guide the parents as they show the most correct communication styles and methods to favour communicative intentionality; share and mediate/train parents on targeted exercises to increase language in all its components. Parents will be able to attend the sessions (when deemed necessary) or talk to the speech therapist in dedicated interviews..
During the sessions together we will play, talk and sing. The parent will see how within simple games you can have fun and learn at the same time.
HOW DOES THE SPEECH THERAPIST WORK WITH THE TEACHER?
It is essential to have a connection between the team following the child and the teachers for two reasons: the school environment is the environment in which children spend most of their time and it is important that, here too, they are properly stimulated and share teachers’ objectives. The speech therapist is therefore ready to meet the teachers, to unravel their doubts and to propose possible activities, which can be implemented in class or in a small group, to promote the correct linguistic development.