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New Year’s Resolutions: Speech Edition

2019 New Year Resolutions

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Happy New Year!

The New Year is a wonderful time of year full of goals and resolutions for the coming year. What are your speech therapy goals for 2019? Here are some speech therapy related New Years resolutions to help kick off 2019!

1. Practice speech therapy at home.

 We know that life gets busy but speech practice can take as little as five minutes a few times a week to make a difference. Ask your child’s SLP how you can practice at home. 

2. Go to the library.

On these cold winter days it is easy to become a bit stir crazy in the house. Going to the library is a fun activity which leads to bringing home several new and exciting books for the week. Ask your SLP how you can help incorporate your child’s goals into reading with your child. This is a fun and efficient way to boost language and reading skills at home. 

3. Connect your child’s SLP and teachers.

Teamwork is an essential part of speech therapy. Your child is using speech and language all day long at school. It is so important for teachers and SLPs to put their heads together to help support your child. I do want to point out that there is paperwork that is required for the speech therapist and teacher to discuss your child. If you haven’t done so already, ask your school and therapist for the consent form.

4. Consistency.

 Each week in therapy your child is developing new speech and language skills. The more frequently they practice their new skills, the easier it is for them to start using them on their own.

 

5. Set up time to meet or speak with your child’s SLP

 if you have any questions about his/her services. We want parents to feel like a part of the team!

 

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!