I am encouraged to see mental health approaches (CBT, ACT, REBT, NLP, etc) emerge as a helpful interventions to be included in treatment strategies, and yet, most of these conversations are referring to adults. We need a more intentional focus on prevention — how can speech therapists and mental health professionals work with families to minimize the need of this type of intervention when their children become adults? This isn’t a matter of using the same approaches for children that are used with adults. Most speech therapists are not trained to address these issues to the degree they need to be addressed, especially with children. I would guess too that the inclusion of a children’s mental health professional along with a speech therapist and parents (the dream team) with an intentional plan tailored to that child’s mental health around communication is rarely going to happen. Most families and schools simply to not have the resources. So experts — any ideas?
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