Parent Toddler Group
The Parent-Toddler Group is designed for toddlers who have a delay in speech-language development. This 90-minute weekly session uses family-friendly and natural language strategies based on the Hanen Centre’s principles.
Between the ages of 12 months and 3 years, children develop rapidly. When there is a delay in speech-language development, therapy can be helpful. Since young children spend most of their time with parents or caregivers, the most effective therapy includes the adults in their life in the process.
Parents and caregivers provide important input regarding their child’s communication needs at home and treatment goals are developed accordingly. In addition to working directly with the child toward developing vocabulary and communication skills, parents are coached to feel comfortable communicating with their child in a way that helps to develop his/her skills. Parents feel more confident in understanding their children and in using effective strategies for developing communication skills in their children.
Parent-Toddler groups are facilitated by Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) who are effective at teaching the adult caregiver(s) successful strategies for improving language in their toddlers at home. The group is staffed by two licensed, certified, speech-language pathologists with some assistance by graduate students from Case Western Reserve University. Eight to ten toddlers and their parents participate in a group. The format of the group is 60-90 minutes of child-directed, free-play, a structured group activity, a song time, and a group snack time.
Through play and structured learning activities, children are exposed to vocabulary and simple sentences to communicate their wants and needs. Parents learn how to help their child use words and phrases. SLPs work directly with the children to provide models for parents to observe, and then coach the parents in using the targeted strategy. Suggestions for using these strategies in the home and community are also provided for parents.
This group is offered at the University Circle location on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Please call Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center at (216) 325-7570 for more information.