• Claudia M

New Year, New Goals

So it’s a new year and we all love hearing about everybody’s new year’s resolutions. Things we would like to achieve now that the new number at the end of the date makes us feel like we have a fresh start. But resolutions aren’t always realistic and more often than not, by mid-January, we quietly continue our old habits, hoping everybody has forgotten our excited motivation for change from just a few weeks ago.

When it comes to children with communication difficulties, either beginning or continuing speech therapy, it’s important that we set goals that are meaningful and achievable. Some things to remember:

1. What will make the biggest difference?

A child may be severe in one area, but his more moderate difficulties in another area are causing him more trouble as he tries to communicate with other children at kindy. When, together with your Speech Pathologist, you are planning which skills should be targeted first, consider what is having the biggest impact on your child’s life at the moment and what will be the most helpful difficulty area to focus on.

2. Start with success

Some children thrive on challenges, but some are easily discouraged when the first thing they are expected to do is very difficult. This can decrease their motivation for therapy which can make it tricky to achieve progress. Sometimes starting with a skill they are likely to succeed at in a relatively short space of time can be a good way of starting therapy on a positive foot and giving your child a boost of confidence and belief in themselves.

3.What is realistic?

Let’s be honest, we’d all prefer a quick fix. But setting massive goals that probably won’t be achieved in the timeframe you are hoping for, won’t be beneficial for effectively planning therapy and managing both your and your child’s expectations. Setting smaller goals that work towards a larger, overall goal will mean that success is more likely to be achieved and also gives opportunity for more frequent celebration. Always a plus!

4.Be flexible

Children and difficulties change and what might have been a priority two months ago, may no longer be as relevant now. A child may also be showing slower progress in the target area, while making greater gains in another. It may be worthwhile to shift focus for a time to the skills that are more likely to achieve outcomes, and then later return to the ones that are appearing a little stuck at the moment.

Having a direction to follow is paramount for therapy to be effective and it’s important to set goals that are right for your child. It can be a hard process, but with the support and expertise of your Speech Pathologist, you can work together to set your child on the path that will lead them to success.

15 views0 comments

Speech Pathology Adelaide, Adelaide speech pathology, speech therapy adelaide, adelaide speech therapy, cheap speech therapy, afforable speech pathology, inexpensive speech pathology, speech pathology funding, autism, autism speech pathology, articulation, late talker, development milestones, kindergarten, school, mobile speech therapy, adelaide, henley beach, western adelaide, adelaide west, speech pathology western adelaide, speech pathology west adelaide, west adelaide speech pathology, speech therapy west adelaide, speech therapy western adelaide, referal, no referal speech pathology, speech, language, social skills, stuttering, fluency, cleft lip and palate, cleft palate, cleft lip, evidence based speech pathology, cheap speech pathology, friendly speech pathology.

Tags: Cheap speech pathology Adelaide, affordable speech pathology, cheap speech therapy adelaide, cheap speech pathology adelaide, price of speech pathology, fees speech pathology, Adelaide speech pathology, book speech pathology, speech pathology book online, mobile speech pathology, public speech pathology, private speech pathology, private speech pathology adelaide, minimal waiting lists, speech therapy adelaide cheap, speech. language, stutter, fluency, autism, ASD, autism spectrum disorder, cleft lip and palate, feeding, delay, global developmental delay, late talkers, children's speech pathology adeaide, child's speech, kid's speech pathology, baby, toddler, child, kindergarten, preschool, school, social, communication, AAC, PECS, speech pathology west, western speech pathology, western adelaide speech therapy, adelaide west speech pathology, west lakes speech pathology, findon speech pathology, grange speech pathology, henley beach speech pathology, glenelg speech pathology, richmond speech pathology, hindmarsh speech pathology, sprout speech pathology, fulham speech pathology, kurralta park speech thereapy, west beach speech therapy, lockleys, marleston, thebarton, mile end, netley, plympton, novar gardens, hilton, glandore, cowandilla, camden park, ashford, woodville, west lakes, croyden, welland, tennyson, seaton, royal park, rosewater, ridleyton, renown park, henley, grange, fulham gardens, findon, brompton, cheltenham, beverly, allenby gardens, albert park, athol park 


Speech Pathology Adelaide

Say Hooray is a paediatric speech pathology practice that takes on an evidence-based approach to help children achieve their full potential by learning through play. 

We offer individualised therapy for children up to and including school-age. 

  • Instagram
  • Wix Facebook page

Find us on Social Media

© Say Hooray® 2021

Are you a fun & passionate SP or OT?

Join the team!

Say Hooray is committed to ensuring that our content is accessible to everyone. View our accessibility statement here.

See what's happening behind the scenes