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What to Expect During Your Child's Speech Therapy Session

Your child has been diagnosed with a speech delay or disorder. She’s been through an assessment to determine where the trouble spots are, and now she’s beginning therapy. As her parent, of course you’re anxious and want to help any way you can. You likely have many questions about the process. 

At Little Wonders Pediatric Therapy in Charlotte, North Carolina, our certified pediatric speech-language pathologist works with your child during the day in one-on-one sessions to help her improve her communication skills. The treatment is customized to your child and her needs. Following are some basic strategies the therapist uses during a speech therapy session, depending on your child’s diagnosis. 


Building language skills

Your therapist uses pictures, books, and even what’s going on in the therapy room to help your child develop her language skills. Picture scenes may have a theme like camping or school to help your child learn how to engage in conversation. Your therapist may have your child try to retell what’s happening in a sequence of scenes. She may work on vocabulary or grammar to describe the scene.


Articulation exercises focus on how to make the correct sound of letters or groups of letters, for example, an “r” or “ch.” The therapist shows your child how to place her tongue to make a certain sound. She may use a mirror or a speech tool that she helps your child place on her tongue so that the tongue is in the correct position and your child can experience the sensation. 

After a child learns how to pronounce the sound of a letter by itself, your therapist adds a vowel: for example, “sa,” “se,” “si,” “so,” “su.” Your child then practices the long and short vowel sounds attached to the initial target sound. The therapist uses repetition exercises to enhance pronunciation by focusing on words with a target sound your child is working on pronouncing correctly. She makes the exercises into fun games that your child enjoys. 

Our therapist incorporates play into speech-language therapy for your child. Play is an integral part of how your child learns. Play during sessions is a planned activity with a goal.   

At home 

 Your child’s therapist provides homework with instructions for exercises to do during the week. 

If your child struggles with a speech delay or disorder, call Little Wonders Pediatric Therapy today for a consultation. Give your child the tools to help her learn to communicate with others to the best of her ability.

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