02 Jan Online speech therapy Dutch
“We have been living in Belgium for 3 years now. Next year another move is planned, to Norway. Our son is 10 years old and is in the fourth grade. He has just been diagnosed with dyslexia. How do we best deal with this? Can we continue the speech therapy in Norway?”
“Noah speaks Dutch very fluently and can express himself perfectly. Still, there is a clear difference between him and his Belgian nephews. He also finds it annoying that he can’t pronounce the /r/ and really wants to practice on this”.
Pupils with learning difficulties benefit from speech therapy. A speech therapist specialises in writing, reading, arithmetic and articulation problems. And that is also possible online! The D-Team includes some fantastic speech therapists, with experience in online teaching and multilingualism.
Speech therapist Manon says: “Online speech therapy has many similarities with speech therapy in a practice. We teach speech therapy in synchronous teaching, which means that we work with the student live, are online at the same time and practise it at the same time. We do this on a regular basis, usually weekly and sometimes twice a week”.
Every student at D-Teach gets a first try-out lesson. This is the ideal time to get acquainted with our virtual classroom and ask all your questions to a teacher. For the teacher, the tutoring actually starts right now. We determine the starting situation and also find out through the parents what the strengths and working points of the student are.
“Once we have determined the starting situation, we start the actual sessions. I prefer to see my student for at least one hour a week, which can also be done in two half-hour sessions. In one lesson we showcase different partial skills. In a language lesson, for example, we always speak, read, write and new vocabulary is discussed. In this way, the students are triggered to learn as much as possible,” says Manon.
In addition to the therapy for learning difficulties, we also help children who are unable to or face problems pronouncing certain sounds. Teacher Marthe, for example, helps several students to learn the /r/ sound.
“The techniques we use in an ordinary practice can also be perfectly applied online. In the beginning I ask a parent to be present, so they can continue practising after class. For example, one student should first practice with a glass of water and gargle, as a warm-up before each session. Another student has to strengthen the muscles of her tongue by imitating sounds and pronouncing them quickly,” says teacher Marthe.