When people think of speech therapy, they usually picture a therapist and patient working together one-on-one. While this kind of therapy certainly has benefits like individual attention and the ability to closely assess a patient’s specific strengths and challenges, including group treatment as a part of speech-language therapy can have enormous benefits too.
Having a therapy session with a small group of individuals who have similar diagnoses or challenges can help target communication goals in a unique way. First, it provides continuous opportunities to speak and practice learned skills in a “safe” environment. Trying out new communication strategies in everyday life can be nerve-wracking; practicing in group therapy can people ease into the process in a low-risk situation. Group therapy also provides a unique resource, as individuals can share the strategies they’ve learned that have been the most beneficial to them and discuss ways to overcome potential challenges and hurdles. Finally, group therapy can serve as a unique source of support and understanding from a group of people who are all facing similar difficulties.
Here are just a few of the types of group treatment that can be used in speech-language therapy:
- Fluency groups for people who stutter
- Social skills groups for children with autism or other pragmatic difficulties
- Reminiscence groups for people with dementia
- Communication/discussion groups for people with aphasia
- Support groups for family or friends of individuals with a communication disorder
Have you or a loved one participated in group therapy? What were some of the benefits and drawbacks? Share your story in the comments section below!
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