The Power of Mindset in Speech Therapy
There are two types of mindsets we often encounter in therapy; the first is a fixed mindset and the second is a growth mindset. A fixed mindset occurs when you experience challenges and you have a negative attitude towards yourself. A fixed mindset can often delay therapeutic gains as a portion of sessions may be spent focusing on factors that are out of your control, such as focusing on what went “wrong” in the first place. A growth mindset refers to identifying that there is a challenge and coming up with a plan to overcome the challenge. A person with a growth mindset often looks at the larger picture and recognizes that the therapeutic process may have ebbs and flows; however, progress is progress no matter how small. Your child might have a therapy session where they have made amazing progress on a goal; however, the next week they struggled on that same goal. This is part of the process; you’re learning! By collaborating with your speech therapist, meeting your child where they are presently within the therapeutic process, as well as highlighting the successes in therapy, and keeping up with any homework/at home activities, you can help foster a growth mindset within your child. Take a look at the article below!