Hudson Valley Parent

HVP September 2019

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14 Hudson Valley Parent n September 2019 "Communication isn't just about verbal language, it's also about gestures, comprehension, attention and social engagement. Every child learns differently, and during our sessions I help the parents have fun with their child and focus on the positive." One of the ways she helps the parents is by learning about the child and their interests. "Toys can be highly motivating, and we can build on that while reinforcing communication." Speech therapy during early intervention isn't just about helping the child. Specialists, like Miss Val, work closely with parents and caregivers to provide tools and strategies to use between sessions. "It's important to be flexible, there's no one method that works for everyone. I try to make language fun, so it never feels like work. Every child has the ability to communicate in their own way." If you suspect a speech delay, remember today is always a good day to ask for help. Rielly is a freelance writer and mama to an adorable toddler with autism. Follow her online @riellygrey. to find other methods that can work for your child. My son had so many silent thoughts, questions and needs. It was important to find another avenue of communication. With a few other developmental issues going on including autism, we enrolled him in early intervention and speech therapy. Through pictures and sign language, my son eventually began to request food and toys. It was the very first step in showing him that he could reach out to us. The greatest thing I've ever learned is that just because my child isn't talking, doesn't mean he has nothing to say. Miss Val, a licensed speech language pathologist M.A., CCC-SLP, says when she first visits with a family enrolled in early intervention, regardless of diagnosis, her focus is how she can help the child use functional language based on their strengths. know your child is going to get the support they need. Christina, whose daughter has apraxia, turned to YouTube in search of more information about her diagnosis. "It was so validating. There was so much information in the beginning, it was overwhelming. Watching videos of other children with apraxia and seeing their progress and even overcoming their disability helped so much." Communication comes in many forms Regardless of diagnosis, communication in any form is important. While we all wish to hear our children speak, it's crucial SPEECH DELAY (Continued from Page 13) Through pictures and sign language, Simon eventually began to communicate with his parents. Just because your child isn't talking, doesn't mean they don't have anything to say!

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