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August 22, 2020

Am I doing enough?

Cindy Harrison, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO – Speech Language Pathologist answers this important question we ask as parents, "how do we know if we're doing enough to help our children?" This question is a follow up from her presentation with ELI's Kitchen Conversations, Summer Style webinar series where we talked about mixing Speech and Language Therapy…

 

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Hi, this is an answer to the question asked by a parent, saying “I really try to weave speech and language goals “into, at my child’s everyday activities, but I’m feeling like I’m not doing “enough.

I look back at the end of the day and “I wonder if I could have done more. How can i give myself credit for doing enough, and what can I do, to do more?” So, first of all, I think you need to not beat yourself up. We are in the middle of a pandemic, and everything takes longer. Whether it’s getting groceries, getting gas, getting the kids out the door, and remembering masks and hand sanitizer, etc. So, try and cut yourself some slack about that. One of the things that you might want to do, if you feel like you’re not doing enough, and I suspect, if you look back at your child’s day, you’ll figure out that you actually are doing lots, is you might want to designate one or two periods in your child’s day where you’re just focusing on speech and language. And so you’re in the mindset of, for this 15 minutes, I am going to do everything that um, I know I’m supposed to do, or everything that my speech and language pathologist told me that I should do, and that may help you, feel like, you’ve actually had some designated speech time, but that you have also added to what you’re doing throughout the day. But, I would say, really be easy on yourself. These are unprecedented times, and as I said, I suspect that you’re probably doing a lot when you look back on on the day, so take it easy on yourself. I hope this is helpful to you. You’re welcome to reach out to me, if you have any other questions specific to this answer, at charrison@actlearningcentre.ca. Spelled the Canadian way, so c-e-n-t-r-e for charrison@artlearningcentre.ca I hope this is helpful.

 

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