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Benefits of Parents/Guardians Participating in Therapy Sessions

April 25, 2017

Therapy sessions are at the client’s home so that children can practice their skills and behaviors in their everyday settings. Home-based services provide an environment that is readily identifiable with the child which greatly limits the sudden and unexpected changes new environments can create. This allows the child to begin developing the necessary repertoire of skills, behavior, focus and attention within an environment that is familiar. As children become more effective at achieving their goals, it can be easier for parents and children to apply their achievements in new environments. Ultimately, our goal is to have the children display their new skills and behaviors within different settings and with different people. In order to do this, children need to practice their behaviors with people other than the therapists; specifically, parents/guardians.By incorporating parents/guardians into each session, children can practice behaviors and skills along-side their loved ones to promote skill mastery and following directions and parents/guardians can learn ways to guide their children through different events that may occur throughout their daily lives. Parents become more effective in responding to their children’s behavior and children are able to practice behaviors and skills much more often.

Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Parent/guardian involvement with a child’s activities will increase a child’s skills especially when they are practiced daily within social settings. This model will foster more creative scenarios that will improve a child’s progress, and creativity during sessions is always more fun.

Tien Nguyen

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