The dictionary defines patience as:
“the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
When concerned with matters in speech therapy, we should add to that definition, without getting frustrated, discouraged or disillusioned.
Sometimes in a therapy session there is a tendency to focus on a successful moment and assume all the moments destined to follow will be the same. The good news is that with commitment to therapy strategies, language is destined to change and progress is inevitable.
How do I know that? It’s something all the people I’ve ever worked with have taught me. It’s the two year old with a developmental language delay who could say at best say 3 words. The child with autism, who no matter what was presented, refused textured foods. The inability of a four year old with apraxia to initiate even a simple thought. All three cases had eventual success stories and collectively taught me the role patience plays in therapy.
Does patience automatically appear when told your child has a language or speech delay? No… simply knowing it’s importance can make the process easier. The attribute of patience is born of a confidence that comes from witnessing the accomplishments (small and large) a child makes over a course in therapy. Its a developing belief that at some point things will be be better.