Speech Pathology Homework

By June 2, 2024 June 13th, 2024 Speech Pathology
Speech Pathology homework with Speech Pathologist in Bondi Junction and Mascot

How Speech Pathology Homework Helps a Child’s Progress

Speech pathology, also known as speech therapy, helps children who have difficulties with speaking, understanding language, or using their voice. Professional speech therapists work with children during sessions to improve these skills. However, homework from speech pathology sessions plays a crucial role in a child’s progress. Here’s how speech pathology homework helps children make the most of their therapy.

Reinforces Learning

  1. Consistent Practice: Children need regular practice to develop new skills. Speech therapy sessions might happen once or twice a week. Homework ensures that children practice their skills between sessions.
  2. Repetition: Repetition is key to learning. Homework provides opportunities for children to repeat the exercises and activities introduced by their therapist. This repetition strengthens their skills and helps them remember what they’ve learned.
  3. Real-Life Application: Homework allows children to use their speech skills in real-life situations. They can practice speaking during everyday activities, like meal times or playtime, making the learning process more natural and effective.

Boosts Confidence

  1. Safe Environment: Homework can be done in the safe and familiar environment of home. Practicing speech skills at home helps children feel more comfortable and less anxious. This comfort encourages them to try new sounds and words without fear of making mistakes.
  2. Positive Feedback: Parents and caregivers can provide immediate positive feedback. Praising a child for their efforts boosts their confidence and motivates them to keep practicing.
  3. Building Routine: Regular homework helps build a routine. When children know they will practice their speech skills daily, it becomes a normal part of their life, reducing resistance and improving their willingness to participate.

Involves the Family

  1. Family Support: Family involvement is crucial for a child’s progress. When parents and siblings participate in practice, children feel supported. This support encourages them to work harder and stay motivated.
  2. Modelling Language: Family members can model correct speech and language use. When children hear their parents and siblings using words and sounds correctly, they are more likely to imitate and learn from them.
  3. Engagement: Engaging the whole family in fun activities that involve speech practice, like games or reading aloud, makes learning enjoyable. This fun approach keeps children interested and engaged.
  4. Videos: At OneOnOne Children’s Therapy, our Speech Pathologists use short videos they make in the child’s therapy session. THis helps parents use the correct techniques during home practice.

Personalised Practice

  1. Tailored Activities: Homework can be tailored to a child’s interests and needs. If a child loves animals, parents can use animal-themed games and stories to practice speech skills. This personalised approach makes practice more relevant and enjoyable.
  2. Daily Opportunities: Everyday activities provide numerous opportunities for practice. Whether it’s describing what they see on a walk, naming objects during shopping, or telling a story about their day, these activities help integrate speech practice into daily life.
  3. Flexibility: Homework offers flexibility. Parents can choose the best times for practice, fitting it into their schedule in a way that works for the family. This flexibility ensures that practice happens consistently.

Enhances Communication Skills

  1. Natural Conversations: Homework allows children to engage in natural conversations. These conversations help improve their ability to use language spontaneously and appropriately in different contexts.
  2. Listening Skills: Homework also helps develop listening skills. Children learn to listen and respond to family members, improving their ability to understand and use language in conversations.
  3. Problem-Solving: When children practice speech skills at home, they learn to solve communication problems on the spot. This real-time problem-solving enhances their ability to think and respond quickly.

Strengthens Therapy Outcomes

  1. Reinforcement of Goals: Homework reinforces the goals set by the speech therapist. Parents can focus on specific exercises and activities that target the child’s needs, ensuring that therapy goals are consistently worked on.
  2. Tracking Progress: Parents can track their child’s progress more closely. By observing daily practice, they can notice improvements and challenges, providing valuable feedback to the therapist.
  3. Maximises Therapy Benefits: Consistent homework maximizes the benefits of speech therapy. It ensures that the child is continually working on their skills, leading to faster and more significant progress.

Practical Tips for Speech Pathology Homework

  1. Set a Routine: Establish a regular time for homework each day. Consistency helps build a habit and makes practice a natural part of the day.
  2. Use Everyday Activities: Incorporate speech practice into daily activities. Cooking, playing, and even driving can be opportunities for practicing speech skills.
  3. Make it Fun: Keep homework fun and engaging. Use games, songs, and stories to make learning enjoyable.
  4. Stay Positive: Always provide positive feedback. Celebrate successes, no matter how small, to keep your child motivated.
  5. Communicate with the Therapist: Stay in touch with your child’s speech therapist. Share progress and challenges, and ask for additional activities or advice as needed.


Homework from speech pathology sessions is essential for the progress of children in speech therapy. It reinforces learning, boosts confidence, involves the family, personalises practice, enhances communication skills, and strengthens therapy outcomes. By integrating speech practice into everyday life and providing consistent, positive support, parents can significantly contribute to their child’s speech development. Through regular, enjoyable homework, children can achieve clearer, more effective communication skills, setting the foundation for success in their daily interactions and future endeavours.

Meet Jasper

Jasper is 5 years old and has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). This speech disorder needs lots of repetition and practice to improve. Jasper’s Mum set a daily schedule of practice. This included setting aside 10 minutes before breakfast everyday. Jasper had a video that his speech Pathologist made each week and a list of words to practise. Jasper’s Mum also chose a star chart. Jasper earned 5 stars each week (one start for each day of practice) and he chose his favourite ice-cream as his motivator for doing his Speech Pathology homework. Jasper made steady practice and his speech is now clear. This is because his Speech Pathologist designed an individualised program that targeted Jasper’s speech errors. However, equally important, his Mum was very consistent with the homework. Jasper made great progress because he had both types of support!

We’re here to support you

At OneOnOne Children’s Therapy, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Our clinics are not just a space for therapy – it’s a place where children can discover their strengths, overcome challenges, and reach their full potential.

By combining innovative therapy techniques with a stimulating and supportive environment, we’re proud to offer a holistic approach to paediatric therapy and early intervention that addresses the unique needs of each child we support.

Reach out for support

If you’re concerned about your child’s development or want to learn more about how Speech Pathology can help your child’s self care skills, OneOnOne Children’s Therapy is here to help. We have clinics in Bondi Junction and Mascot – in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

Call us on (02) 80657837 or email. You can book a free 30 minute phone call with us to discuss how we can support your child’s unique journey