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Receiving Therapy at School

  • WHO can be involved in therapy?
    The child and therapist will be involved in achieving rapport. Parents are always invited to observe a therapy session in order to help with carryover of the new skills at home.
  • WHAT happens during therapy?
    Speech and language therapy is usually conducted by playing games, some of which are speech and language specific, while others may be a tried and true game that children know and love. These games make the learning experience fun while increasing and improving the child’s speech and language skills. The last five minutes of the session is “sticker time” — while the child chooses a sticker, the therapist writes a note to the parent to describe the therapy session and provide homework hints.
  • WHERE does therapy take place?
    Therapy sessions are held in a room provided by the school. Occasionally, the school and therapist work in a collaborative relationship, and the therapist can provide therapy in the classroom.
  • WHEN does speech therapy occur?
    A therapy session is arranged between the teacher and the therapist, to assure that the child does not miss a specific subject that may be difficult to make up. The session is usually 30-45 minutes long, depending on the child’s ability to attend to the tasks.
  • WHY have therapy in the school?
    Young children take less time to adjust to therapy in a setting with which they are familiar. In addition, providing therapy at the school allows for the ability to interact with the teacher, observe classroom behavior, assess classroom skills that may be causing difficulties and provide assistance for those difficulties.

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"I have always appreciated Laurie Botstein's professionalism regarding my children and their speech challenges. She was flexible with my schedule, and always arrived on time and ready to help my children learn and improve their speech."

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