- Learn the specifics of your child’s speech or language impairment. The more you know, the more you can help yourself and your child.
- Be patient. Your child, like every child, has a whole lifetime to learn and grow.
- Meet with the school and develop a learning plan to address your child’s needs. Be your child’s advocate. You know your son or daughter best, share what you know.
- Be well informed about the speech-language therapy your son or daughter is receiving. Talk with the Speech-Language Therapist, find out how to augment and enrich the therapy at home and in other environments. Also find out what not to do!
- Give your child chores. Chores build confidence and ability. Keep your child’s age, attention span, and abilities in mind. Break down jobs into smaller steps. Explain what to do, step by step, until the job is done. Demonstrate. Provide help when it’s needed. Praise a job (or part of a job) well done.
- Listen to your child. Don’t rush to fill gaps or make corrections. Conversely, don’t force your child to speak. Be aware of the other ways in which communication takes place between people.
- Talk to other parents whose children have a similar speech or language impairment. Parents can share practical advice and emotional support.
- Keep in touch with your child’s teachers. Offer support. Demonstrate any assistive technology your child uses and provide any information teachers will need. Find out how you can augment your child’s school learning at home.