Children with special needs are able to practice and generalize their speech, language, and social skills with other children in a structured therapy setting.
Although one-on-one support is important, group therapy has benefits including:
Learning speech and language goals in a more natural setting
Group therapy helps with generalizing a child’s skills outside the speech therapy room. Your child can practice their newly learned speech and/or language skills while they communicate with adults and peers in a more natural environment. While structured activities in a one-on-one are important to teaching specific skills, group therapy leads to generalization. Practicing skills outside the therapy room in an environment that mimics a real-world environment is vital in making these skills into habits.
Group therapy allows for your child to gain multiple benefits from their peers. It promotes social skills through new friendships, appropriate modeling and support from their peers, confidence building, and the ability for your child to teach and learn from others.
Whether their goals target speech sounds, expressive/receptive language skills, literacy, or social communication, group therapy can help your child reach their overall goal of becoming a functional, effective communicator at home, school, and the community. Group therapy provides your child with an environment where they can grow and learn, not only with their Speech-Language Pathologist, but their peers as well.