Children’s needs begin to change once they reach school-age, particularly as they enter upper elementary school. Kids need to begin learning self-advocacy skills along with their acquiring communication skills. I work with kids wherever they are at, I let them drive the bus, so to speak). I will provide guidance when needed, but I like to incorporate their decision making as much as possible. I want them to begin to understand that they are fine just the way they are and that they can improve some of their speaking / communication skills. Just like some kids need to work a little harder to be improve at math, some need to work a little harder to improve communication.
Supporting You, The Busy Parent
It’s great watching you work! I love how you can turn any activity in to a speech activity!
Working with your child is only one part of the equation. As a busy parent, how are you supposed to add one more thing to your routine? How can you support your child to incorporate new skills in everyday life. After all, isn’t that the goal? One aspect of my work with any family is to help identify how you, the busy parent, can incorporate new skills in things you’re doing already. Check out this free “2-minute-practice-tips” handout as a place to start
I am also available to guide in navigating school-based services. I can support you in advocating for services through the schools that your child may be eligible for.
Collaborating with Educators
Nothing has helped [our child] more this year than the genuine love and support you all provided […]
I have enjoyed the many collaborations with school-based professionals at both private and public schools. I am happy to work with your child’s school-based team, including SLPs, learning specialists, counselors, teachers, etc. in order to provide the most comprehensive team-based approach to your child’s success.
I am also available to provide on-site assessments and screenings at local private schools, as well as one-on-one or group sessions. I can help determine your child’s speech and language needs and help connect them to additional resources and services as necessary. Last, but not least, as a parent, you can always invite me to come speak to your PTA. I would love to come talk to your school community and to support parents and the educators who are committed to the best outcomes for our future generations.