Parent Handouts in Spanish
Are you looking for speech therapy parent handouts in Spanish for any families on your caseload? When a child has two or more languages in the home, we always encourage parents to continue to be a multilingual household. Speech and language disorders are not caused by bilingualism. It is important that parents feel equipped with the tools that they need to help their child succeed with their speech and language skills and communication in general. This is why I have started converting all of my parent handouts to Spanish as well. I have 8 parent handout packets total and there are some for early intervention and some for preschool. Some work year-round and others are seasonal.
Why are Parent Handouts Important for Speech & Language?
Parent handouts are an essential component of speech and language therapy because they provide parents with information, resources, and strategies to support their child’s communication development at home. Here are a few reasons why parent handouts are important in speech and language therapy:
- Reinforce Therapy Concepts: Parent handouts can help reinforce therapy concepts that are taught during therapy sessions. This can help parents remember what their child is working on in therapy and how they can support their child’s progress at home.
- Increase Parent Involvement: When parents are involved in their child’s therapy, it can lead to better outcomes. Parent handouts can help parents understand what their child is working on in therapy and how they can support their child’s progress outside of the therapy room.
- Encourage Carryover of Skills: One of the goals of speech and language therapy is to help children generalize the skills they learn in therapy to other settings, such as home or school. Parent handouts can provide parents with strategies to help their child practice these skills in natural settings.
- Empower Parents: Parent handouts can help parents feel more confident in their ability to support their child’s communication development. When parents have access to information and resources, they are better equipped to help their child reach their full potential.
Overall, parent handouts are an important tool in speech and language therapy because they provide parents with the information and resources they need to support their child’s communication development at home.
Providing Resources in Parents’ First Language
According to ASHA, only 8% of ASHA members, including both SLPs and audiologists, self-identified as bilingual service providers in 2020. 68% of services take place in English and Spanish. If you’re not bilingual and your student’s family speaks another language, it’s your responsibility to give them access to resources in their native language. Hopefully by providing access to parent coaching handouts, I can help you support the families on your caseload.
Read more about Bilingual Speech Therapy Services on the ASHA website.
Check Out These FREE Helpful Guides in Spanish for Assessments:
Parent Handouts in SPANISH for Every Season
Below are all of the Parent Handouts I’ve created in Spanish (available in English also obviously). I like to coach parents to use household items whenever they can to encourage play and communication. A lot of my handouts focus on different ways to do that!
Demographic Profile of ASHA Members Providing Bilingual Services Year-End 2020 (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2021), https://bit.ly/ASHA-demographic.
American Translators Association Dynamic Duos Article
What other types of parent handouts would you like to see available in a Spanish version as well?
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