Setting Speech Therapy Goals with Mindnasium

Speech therapy Goals

Speech therapy is a great way to help children overcome language and speech disorders. Visiting a speech pathologist can be a rewarding experience as it helps improve children’s social communication, self-esteem, self-confidence, and language acquisition. At Mindnasium, we believe pathology for children works best when parents actively participate in goal setting and review of therapy milestones from time to time. Let us look at the importance and types of speech therapy goals that can positively impact children.

 

Importance of Setting Achievable Goals in Speech Therapy

Setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals can increase the effectiveness of speech pathology intervention for children. Speech pathology intervention often lasts six months or less, followed by extensive follow-up sessions to assess feedback on intervention. 

Speech pathologists at Mindnasium create a roadmap that clearly defines assessments, activities, interventions, and outcomes for proposed speech therapy. Attainable goals increase motivation and sense of accomplishment and focus on the same objectives, as therapy is a collaborative effort between parents, therapists, and the child. 

 

Types of Speech Therapy Goals

Considering that every child has unique needs, speech pathologists at Mindnasium are trained to gauge performance based on a range of speech disorders and goals. Some types of goals we work on include:

 

Articulation Goals

Correcting lisps, reducing difficulty pronouncing specific phonemes, syllables, words, phrases, and letters, and improving the clarity and intelligibility of a child’s speech.

 

Language Development Goals

It is aimed to improve receptive, pragmatic, expressive, and pre-literacy skills. It helps children recognize specific sounds and letters, understand simple instructions, and expand their vocabulary to complete sentences.

 

Fluency Goals

Fluency goals target the rate of speech, emotional regulation, response time, and disfluencies in children. A speech pathologist will assess repetitions, prolongations, and smoothness of speech. Children are also taught calming and relaxation techniques during conversation.

 

Voice Goals

Voice goals make it easier for children to communicate effectively. They improve voice quality, control, pitch, and endurance by reducing vocal strain and increasing vocal stamina.

 

Pragmatic Goals

Pragmatic goals are essential as they help children practice speech during social conversation and communication. The goal includes:

  • Speaking on a topic of interest.
  • Interpreting nonverbal communication cues.
  • Taking turns when speaking.
  • Identifying problems.
  • Respecting personal space. 

 

Cognitive-Communication Goals

These goals are aimed at forming connections between children’s communication and cognitive thinking skills. Children improve their listening and attention skills, problem-solving, sequencing, memory, and Metacognition to monitor their own speech for chronological order, clarity, and recall. 

 

AAC Goals

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) speech therapy goals improve communication for children who rely on picture boards and speech-generating devices to express themselves. Children learn to use AAC systems effectively, understand symbols, and use vocabulary for social and functional communication. 

 

Conclusion

The primary goal of Mindnasium is to empower children with language and vocabulary skills to express themselves during social, academic, and functional conversations. Our speech pathologists collaborate with parents and caregivers to ensure SMART goals are defined and implemented within the specified time. Enroll your child today and help them conquer the world.

 

FAQs:

How do you set SMART goals in Speech Therapy?

Speech pathologists can set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals based on the targeted skills, progress, and communication needs of children. 

What can be the best example of SMART Speech Therapy Goals?

A SMART speech therapy goal could be: “By the end of 6 weeks, John should be able to correctly produce the /m/ sound with 90% accuracy during structured therapy tasks.”

What are the strategies to achieve Speech Therapy Goals?

Strategies include constantly attending therapy sessions, practicing daily, and incorporating targeted skills and vocabulary into everyday routines.

What does AAC Goals stand for?

AAC speech therapy goals focus on utilizing augmented communication devices and systems or strategies for children with complex communication needs.