Based on the evaluation results, the treating speech-language pathologist develops an individualized treatment plan to target the specific difficulties that the child is experiencing. Therapy is usually provided individually. In some cases, however, group therapy is most beneficial for the child. The model of therapy (individual or group) and the frequency of therapy are always determined by considering the specific needs of the child and the family.
In each therapy session, the goal is to help the child perform a certain task or tasks. Once the child is able to perform the task, frequent practice at home is essential. Therefore, parents are important members of the child’s treatment team.
To teach parents how to work with their child at home, we encourage them to observe all treatment sessions through our closed-circuit system and to record sessions for review at home. In addition, we give them specific instructions on working with their child between sessions. The more the child practices between sessions, the faster progress will be with therapy. Regular therapy attendance is also important so that there is no disruption in the progress.
The length of therapy and ultimate success depends partly on the cause and severity of the problem. However, the most important predictor of success with therapy is the frequency in which prescribed activities are practiced at home.