Communication disorders can have a significant impact on academic success. Last week we discussed some of the different ways that speech and language disorders can affect children’s performance in school. Speech-language therapy can help a child overcome the obstacles that a communication disorder causes in school. How can a speech-language pathologist help a child achieve academic success?
- Strategies: Speech therapy involves an in-depth analysis of a child’s strengths and weaknesses in language. The speech therapist uses this information to help the child identify their personal strengths and use them to support areas that need a little help. Working together, the speech pathologist and child can develop personalized strategies that the child can use in the classroom to improve their understanding of academic material and improve their academic performance.
- Classroom modifications: Speech-language pathologists often work closely with classroom teachers to help them better understand a child’s communication disorder, and how they can best support a child’s ability to learn. This often involves making modifications in the child’s classroom experience. For example, some children may benefit from hearing instructions twice, or seeing them written as well as hearing them out loud. Other children may do best when seated in the front of the classroom to minimize distractions.
- Reinforcing material: A speech therapist will also reinforce material that is learned in class, helping the child to utilize their strategies along the way.
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