How Long Does It Take for Speech Therapy to Work?

It’s human nature for parents – and children alike – to want to see quick results when starting speech therapy. However, it is important for parents and children to remember that everybody is different and learns at their own pace. 

Here at SLP-tele, our online speech therapy providers know exactly how to meet your child’s speech therapy needs in order to help them conquer their goals. For parents and children interested in learning how “fast” it will take for speech therapy to work, they should consider the following. 

Factors that Affect the Length of Time 

1. Parental Involvement

Parents need to be involved in their child’s speech therapy journey the entire time. Children need the support and encouragement that only a parent can provide. This makes the entire learning process that much easier and successful. Additionally, when parents are willing to do “extra” after the sessions are over, the child has a greater chance of retaining what they have learned.

2. Child’s Participation

Although some children tend to be shy when working with a stranger, it is important that they participate in their lessons. Thankfully, our online speech therapists at SLP-tele have the experience and training needed to make sure they get the most out of your child.

With a little bit of encouragement from you, your child will not only happily participate in their speech therapy sessions, but will have a great time doing it.

3. Severity of Your Child’s Speech Disorder 

Children can face a wide variety of speech disorders include articulation disorders to child speech delay/disorders. If there are additional physical ailments, such as a high narrow palate or tongue-tie, then the amount of time needed for the child to overcome their speech challenges will generally increase.

4. The Age of Your Child

If you notice a problem in your child’s speech early on, it is best to begin seeking out professional assistance immediately. The longer you wait to get help, the more rooted the issue can become, which can make the speech pattern or habit harder to break. 

5. Frequency of Independent Practice

The saying is true, “Practice makes perfect.” Independent practice is going to be just as vital as the actual therapy sessions themselves. Here at SLP-tele, we provide families with additional resources that can be used once the therapy session ends, and children, along with parents, will even be able to revisit old lessons to keep practicing.

6. Commitment to Sessions

It’s a simple rule but it makes all the difference in the world. You and your child’s commitment to speech therapy sessions will help you to reach goals that much faster. That includes the frequency of therapy sessions. The more often your child works with our online speech therapist, the sooner you are likely to see results. 

7. Additional Learning or Behavioral Challenges

Additional learning or behavioral challenges need to be taken into consideration when estimating the amount of speech therapy treatment that will be needed. Notifying your speech therapist about any medically documented issues is also important so that they can develop a comprehensive plan that will take these additional challenges into consideration. 

If you have a child that is struggling with their speech don’t hesitate to get help. SLP-tele specializes in online speech therapy and we would be more than happy to help you and your child reach your speech goals. 

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