This blog post is part of a 2-part series that is written by our very own families! In Part #2, they
tell us more about their awesome children and discuss bright moments along on their journey, plus give advice to therapists as well. These answers are from moms and a dad, so there are several different perspectives to relate to as well! Join along on our journey and know you are not alone.
What improvements have you seen in your child since they started at JTS?
C: We have seen such a huge improvement in Olivia. We are now in year 6 of our speech journey and were overjoyed to recently have the conversation about graduating from the program.
S: Brandon is more confident in himself and he will tell me that ‘Mrs. Chelsea said ‘to do this.” Sometimes, it takes someone else to get through to your child. The child considered you the parent, the therapist is the teacher.
M: Max went from completely non-verbal to barely able to stop talking. The progress he has made has been phenomenal and greatly exceeded any sort of expectation I had when he started therapy.
Looking back now on the progress that has been made, what would you tell yourself? What would you tell new families beginning treatment?
C: Speech therapy and consistency are so important. Looking back, we had no idea how long or how intense therapy would have to be. We were willing to give it 100% and it was the best decision we could have made.
S: I would tell myself that I’m glad my PCP could see that my child needed help and didn’t just brush me off. For families, ‘Don’t give up!” It is a process and takes time. You may not see results right away, but you will see them.
M: I would tell myself that every single minute of speech therapy is completely worth it. For families starting this journey, remain optimistic and supportive. Communicate with your speech therapist as often as you feel is needed. Try to support and reinforce what your speech therapist is going over. The progress that can be made will surprise you if you embrace the process.
What has been your brightest moment along the journey?
C: Our brightest moment was when Olivia was in kindergarten. We were so worried about how her speech would affect her not only socially but academically. Her teacher sat us down and reassured us that Olivia was absolutely right where she needed to be. It was the best news to hear that at age 6 Olivia had caught up and was considered on the same level as her peers.
S: My brightest moment has been seeing my child progress, and he is excited about going to speech. That lets me know that he likes his therapist and wants to be there. She must be doing something right.
M: Seeing Max’s personality blossom by way of the improvements he made in speech therapy.
Can you share any advice for therapists reading this? What do you want them to know about working with children and families?
S: As you already know children are not the same. What works for one child may not work with another. Get to know the child, the parents, and their home dynamics.
M: Your attitude and passion for speech therapy can yield powerful results. Those results mean far more than just a few vocabulary words to the parents. It can give them the ability to communicate and discover just how wonderful their child is and help them discover everything about the world around them.
What advice would you give other parents who face similar situations?
C: I would encourage families to follow through and start the process as early as they can. I believe that consistency at a young age is so important. I would also tell them to follow their gut when it comes to finding the therapist that is the right fit for their child. Each therapist has different strengths, take the time to find the one that is the best match for you and your family.
S: Find the therapist that works best with your child. Don’t just settle for whoever they assign to your child. If your child shows ‘no’ improvements, then you may need to find someone else or somewhere else.
M: Remain positive and persistent, you’re on the right path.
Special Thank you to our families who answered these questions. Your willingness to help others while you continue your own journey and share your perspective with others is invaluable.