Meaningful interactions form the foundation of communication and are prerequisites for social learning and academic success. The key to successful therapy outcomes lies in building strong unions with a child in his or her natural environment and then applying optimal levels of therapeutic support.
STRATEGIC THERAPY LEADS TO OPTIMAL RESULTS
Nothing quite compares to the sense of safety and security a child feels in the comfort of their own home. Utilizing the home for therapy allows for more accurate assessment of the child’s abilities in his or her daily schedule. Weaving therapeutic activities into such routines can create noticeable improvements in functioning and can ultimately help parents to better engage with their children.
Paying careful attention to a child's subtle cues and behaviors provides critical insight into the techniques and environmental modifications that will promote optimal progress. Being cognizant of such influencers allows for the adjustment of therapy to match the child’s ability to absorb new stimuli. In many cases, progress can be enhanced by knowing when a short break or play-based activities may be needed.
Any optimal learning program requires the inclusion of those who frequently interact with the child. When the therapeutic process is extended to involve all caregivers, it can transform the home into an enriched language-learning environment with numerous opportunities to practice newly learned skills. It can also strengthen the on-going dialogue between therapist and caregivers, which is critical for monitoring the efficacy of strategies and creating sustained improvement.
It is intuitive that a strong correlation exists between the intensity of therapy and the rate of improvement in a child's communication skills. When the frequency of service is increased, child-therapist rapport is quickly enhanced, leading to unparalleled trust and acceleration of progress.
Before we can hope to inspire children to learn new skills, we must remember that each child has unique desires, motivations and behaviors. When the therapeutic process is customized to account for these individual differences, one is able to successfully challenge a child to grow and learn in a process that promotes a high level of engagement and thus rapid development of communication skills.