Wouldn’t it be great if we had a collection of multi-language speech therapy parent handouts? We could help so many families and students successfully implement language strategies at home! Think of the confidence that would give our caregivers, and the progress this could mean for our students!
When I first started my SLP journey I worked in home health. Working in this area of our field exposed me to many different cultures and languages. My company hired Spanish translators to come with us to Spanish-speaking households, but we didn’t have many other resources for families who didn’t speak English as their first language.
Fast forward a couple of years and I ended up in the public schools. Now I had access to more translators, but only sporadically. They were expensive and were only supposed to be used for evaluations and IEP meetings-not for daily communication with parents. How was I supposed to train non-English-Speaking parents to use language strategies at home?! If I felt helpless, I can only imagine how they felt!
Ever since then I have wanted a way to educate parents and families of all language backgrounds. Back then I had no idea what to do, but now I have a plan.
I am starting a product line of early intervention parent handouts for speech therapy in multiple languages. So far, I have English, Spanish, and Tagalog.
These handouts are unlike any other parent handouts I have seen. Each handout uses simple language to explain speech and language strategies for toddlers and early intervention. Then, parents are prompted to participate in a guided learning activity that helps them visualize the strategy for their individual child. Finally, I have added my own SLP-Mom tips. These tips are relatable and are intended to help parents feel successful even when things don’t seem to be going well. I wrote these when my own kids were 2 and 3 years old, so I was right in the thick of parenting young kiddos!
If you have a language that you would love me to add to this set, please email me at [email protected]. I know this is an unusual request for a blog post, but I would love to know what kinds of languages you are seeing on your caseload that you are wishing you had a parent handout for! That way, I can serve you and your students better!