Given its recent growing popularity, it may seem like home-based speech therapy is a new concept, but it’s not. It has been around for many years. Still, many people get confused about how it works. Ahead, we explore more about in-home speech therapy, explaining what exactly it is, how it works, as well as sharing tips on how to do it right.
What is In-Home Speech Therapy?
As the name implies, in-home speech therapy, or home-based speech language therapy, is the provision of speech therapy sessions in a patient’s home. It’s similar to traditional speech therapy. The only difference is the location where they happen. Traditional speech therapy happens in a medical setting, while home-based speech therapy takes place in the comfort of the patient’s home.
What are the benefits of In-Home Speech Therapy?
There are many advantages to in-home speech therapy. These benefits include the following:
1. Natural Environment
The comfort, familiarity, and feeling of relaxation within a home setting has been found to make it easier for a speech pathologist to connect with the patient, thus maximising the therapy’s effectiveness. For example, a child will feel ‘safe’ and more confident in their home environment. As such, they will pay attention and be less likely to display challenging behaviours during therapy.
2. Personalised Therapy
Sure, clinic-based therapy can be personalised, but in-home speech therapy takes personalisation to an even higher level. By observing a patient in their home environment, the speech language pathologist will be able to personalize the therapy ideas and sessions according to the patient’s needs and environment. This allows for speech and language skills to be targeted in activities in which they are most likely to occur and be effective.
3. Makes It Easy to Implement Strategies Into the Patient’s Daily Routines
Sometimes it can be hard for a parent or caregiver to carry over interventions or strategies provided to them by the speech pathologist. Doing speech therapy at home makes it easy for the caregiver or parent to weave strategies and interventions into the patient’s normal routine.
In-Home Speech Therapy tips for beginners
For in-home speech and language therapy to work, it has to be done right from inception. Here are two tips for doing speech therapy at home.
Hire an experienced and reputable Speech Therapist
In-home speech therapy is only as good as the pathologist spearheading it. As such, it’s important to make the right choice when looking for a speech pathologist. Choose someone who is experienced and has a rich portfolio. Also, make sure their experience is relevant. For example, if your child has a speech problem, choose a pathologist who has prior experience helping children learn speech and language skills.
Also, make sure they have proven strategies that help the patient learn and work on speech and language goals at home.
Schedule an appropriate time
Next, pick the best time for therapy. Choose a time of day when the patient has energy and can focus. Also, create consistency by keeping a regular speech exercise schedule.
Gen Physio is here to help
If you or your loved one has a speech impairment, contact Gen Physio right away. We can help you improve your communication skills. We’re a private practice that provides mobile speech therapy in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Tweed Coast, Gold Coast, Melbourne, and Sydney. Call us today and book an appointment.