Why can speech, coupled together with occupational therapy make a difference?
For those of you who are having speech therapy or those of you who have children who go to speech therapy, I have something for you to consider. I have mentioned before that the vestibular sense plays an important role on concentration. This works the same way with speech. When our bodies move we tend to be more organized. When we are organized speech is more likely to occur especially in combination to other speech therapies including Reading. In knowing this, it makes sense to see the benefits of why occupational therapy combined with speech therapy could benefit someone with apraxia of speech. For people who are both going to occupational therapy and speech therapy you might consider (if possible) combining the two therapies to see what differences occur. This can be difficult if not receiving both therapies at the same location.
If you are in a place where speech therapy is limited to sitting still you may want to discuss the importance of movement to your speech therapist if you are seeing no improvement in speech therapy sessions. I have read many instances where parents see their children struggle in speech therapy 30 of the 45 minutes they attend which wastes precious time that should be spent on learning speech not sitting still. With the option on movement with something as simple as a therapy ball chair both needs can be met in a way that is a positive experience for everyone.
Speech therapy combined with OT might make a difference.
Jean Ayres defined sensory integration as: “The neurological process that organises sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively with the environment.”