Every other week, we highlight one of the many special kids we get to work with in therapy! Last time, we discussed the accelerated responsiveness Sebastian had to his speech therapy once his therapist tapped into his love for pictures, in particular pictures of cars! We are very encouraged by the progress Sebastian has made throughout his work with both his physical and speech language therapy programs. Let’s continue these inspiring success stories by introducing you to our next superstar, Jack.
Integrated Physical and Speech Language Therapy Sparks Mega Motivation
Jack has been building his skills both through physical therapy and speech language therapy since 2019. During this particular session where he was working on both his skill sets, Jack assembled his own obstacle course to run through with his mom. The obstacle course was meant to target the physical therapy goals of balance and coordination, but Jack’s therapist wanted to incorporate a speech language challenge at the same time as well. She asked Jack to read an articulation card after every time he hopped to a new space in his obstacle course. This integrated approach really got Jack’s energy moving and his level of engagement and creativity went through the roof. This style of integrated therapy between his physical and speech language exercises brought an absolutely outstanding result out of Jack! Since then, he hasn’t looked back! He continues to have very successful sessions and has shown up each time with a lion’s share of motivation throughout his telemedicine therapy.
Why Co-treating Wins with Physical and Speech Therapy
Integrated therapy, like what was described above with Jack, is a strategy that Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare often uses to foster a child’s motivation to give it their all in a session. Small wins in Jack’s physical therapy built an eager confidence in him to go for small wins in his speech and language therapy. Investigating what motivates a child experiencing developmental delays is a huge part of a therapist’s job and is often learned through years of experience working with different personalities and challenges. At Solace, our clinicians take the time to understand what makes the kids they work with tick and integrates that into their therapy. With Jack we saw that he was intrigued and deeply interested in his physical therapy because he was so engaged by the obstacle course. The speech and language therapy layered onto that excitement, gave Jack the energy he needed to grab those articulation cards and try his hardest. Understanding the individual therapy needs of our clients is essential to providing individualized treatment plans and objectives that make sure therapy goals are being met and validated.
In-home Integrated Therapy Eases Stress
Solace in home pediatric therapy prioritizes working with kids in a place where they are comfortable and confident. Most of the time this place is in the child’s home. The comfort level of a child is a major factor that determines how a therapy session goes. With both physical therapy and speech language therapy, it is always easier for a child to be vulnerable and try new things when they know without a doubt they are safe. A child who feels comfortable and safe is prepared for a therapist to focus on the treatment and skill goals for the session. Less stress also means less distraction and hesitation that typically come along with a child coping through being in a new place with new people. This allows for a greater sense of trust and familiarity with the therapist so that your child can really dive into the work, meet their goals, and continue their growth into the next stage of their life.