When a brother or sister attends speech therapy regularly, sometimes it’s difficult to stand on the sidelines. They come home to share excitement about the fun games and activities they did with their speech therapist, and mom or dad sets aside special time to play with them while practicing those skills at home. It’s no surprise that brothers or sisters might feel a twinge of jealousy. When siblings are feeling left out of the fun, invite them to be a part of the team! Siblings can be an active part of the therapy process. How?
Although difficulties with communication can often be a struggle for families, it can also bring them closer together. When siblings, both older and younger, are involved in the therapy process, they feel proud of themselves for being a helper and a leader. Not only does the inclusion of siblings take advantage of many opportunities for language learning, but it also can contribute to sibling companionship by improving communication and connection.
Written by Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with Wildflowers, Nicole Sax.