I AM A MOTIVATOR
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Better Hearing & Speech Month, May 15, 2016
Challenge: Many of my friends arrive frustrated, anxious, unhappy, and aware (yes, even the two year olds) of their communication challenges.
Solution: Together, we will share respect, build trust and celebrate each small achievement, learning to be patient, accepting there will be steps backwards, and always moving forward.
Parent’s Question: How will you get my child to “work”?
My Short Answer: An SLP must wear many hats, one is that of MOTIVATOR. So we will be working through “play” using age appropriate activities with the communication goals and objectives embedded in each one.
The long answer: An SLP must wear many hats, one is that of MOTIVATOR. Working through each friend’s strengths and interests, I address their speech, language, learning, oral motor and overall communication needs. I do not shy away from themes which hold a child’s interest, instead, I begin there and expand receptive and expressive vocabulary & concepts, speech sounds, social communication and more. I provide the “motivation” through “tools” appropriate for each friend. Over time, there will be a natural transition where each friend develops self-motivation as they experience the “power” of effective & efficient communication and success. Keep in mind that your daily life, successfully communicating in all situations, is the LONG term goal, right now, we are starting at step 1 and moving forward. Share in each success, no matter how small it is the building block for the next step forward… NOTE: I would share that the role of MOTIVATOR extends to my relationship with the family, teachers and others involved with each friend.
Child’s Question: What am I going to do here?! Wow, you have a lot of games and toys.
My Answer: Together, we are going to work hard, learn, play and have fun. Ready?!
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