Video Series: The Power Of Parents – Supporting Success for Students with Speech and Language Impairments
OAFCCD is a provincial organization that was founded by parents and professionals concerned about the lack of understanding of the impact of the communication disorder. OAFCCD is the voice for children; Often for children who do not have a voice of their own.
These videos demonstrate how parent engagement supports student success. Speech-Language Pathologists talk about how they work with parents and the things parents can do to support their child’s success. Parents share stories about their journeys and provide tips on how to work effectively with Speech-Language Pathologists and Teachers.
These videos also feature the stories of three students, Quin, Stephanie and Croft, and show how parent engagement supports student achievement.
Episode 1 : Understanding Speech and Language
Understanding speech and language, definition of disorders or delays of speech and language including articulation, stuttering, voice, receptive language, and expressive language.
Episode 2 : Trust Your Instincts
If you believe your child has an issue, get it assessed early. Early detection of speech and language delays is important.
Episode 3 : Parent Role in Speech and Language Services
Parents provide important information on their child’s development. Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) provide strategies to use at home to help stimulate speech and language development.
Episode 4 : Parent Role in Transitioning to School
The process of transition between preschool services and school services is discussed. Parents are the constant in the child’s life and need to be aware of who is involved and what services are required.
Episode 5 : Quin's Story
Quin and his mother discuss his experience in speech therapy from kindergarten through grade 8. Quin has Apraxia of Speech.
Episode 6 : Parent Role at School
Parents, teachers, and Speech- Language Pathologists (SLP) need to be in contact about the child’s skills and needs. The programs at different school boards are discussed.
Episode 7 : Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC)
Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC)
IEP and IPRCs are defined and the purposes explained.
Episode 8 : Stephanie's Story
Stephanie has a language delay/ disorder. Stephanie and her mother discuss her experiences in school. She currently is in high school and has great support from her parents and teachers.
Episode 9 : Parent Role in High School
Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) services are discussed, including the other professionals involved. The parents’ engagement is high in grade 9 and 10. Starting in grade 11, the student becomes their own advocates.
Episode 10 : Special Education Advisory Council
The role and components of SEACs are discussed.
Episode 11 : Croft's Story
Croft is a college student who is dysfluent. Croft and his mother outline Croft’s therapy history and some helpful suggestions.
Episode 12 : Final Thoughts From the Professionals
Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) present a summary of services and what parents can do.
Episode 13 : Final Thoughts From the Parents
The parents from the video provide positive ideas for parents.
Episode 14 : OAFCCD Helps
Ontario Association for Families of Children With Communication Disorders
Parent Resource Information
Parent Support Activities
Public Awareness Activities