Family members play such a key role in the success of speech and language intervention. Moms, dads, siblings, and caregivers are the true heroes for our students with speech and language needs! Family-centered practice is achieved when families are at the forefront of the evaluation, goal-writing, and treatment process.
- We pay careful attention to family priorities when planning what goals to target and how therapy will look.
For example, if a student is working on articulation, we may recommend working on speech sounds that the student hasn’t developed yet, but should be using consistently at their age. However, if it’s important to the family for their child to say the sounds in their siblings’ names correctly, your child’s speech pathologist will find a way to include that goal in our intervention.
Maybe there is another student who is working on articulation, but their family has concerns about their oral reading abilities. We can find books or passages that contain their target sound, and practice both skills simultaneously!
- We recognize that families are dynamic, rather than static. Family needs change over time.
How therapy looks might have to change over time because families change! Changes in schedules, finances, family structure, life transitions, and so much more can affect a family’s ability to participate in the speech therapy process.
Maybe a family needs to change their session from in-person to online, because their student started a new sport, and they don’t have time to make it to the office before driving to their practice. As long as the student can attend to a floating face on the computer screen, let’s do it!
Similarly, a family with a student who usually comes 3 times per week just can’t make it work anymore because of the needs of another sibling. Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center will adjust the goals and intervention methods to make it work with the new session frequency.
- Building rapport with families.
We want Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center to feel like a community. We want families to feel comfortable with the therapists and staff. Whether it’s the front desk staff knowing each student’s name, throwing pool parties to show our appreciation for our students and families, supporting students as they make new friends in the waiting room, making an effort to connect with parents and share progress on a regular basis, or highlighting our students wins through the student of the month award, we do our best to make families feel at home and connected here at Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center!
Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs. At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.
1210 Jordan Street, Suite 2A
North Liberty, IA 52317
5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300
Johnston, IA 50131