BYS 003 - Theresa Petru- Speech-Language Pathologist

Theresa is a certified licensed Speech-Language Pathologist holding a Master’s of Science from Governor’s State University. Prior to working at BY YOUR SIDE Theresa gained extensive experience working with children with a variety of speech-language disorders including Autism in both public and private school settings. Theresa has received training in PECS, Kaufman Protocol for Children with Apraxia, Stanley Greenspan’s Floortime/DIR model, and S.O.S. feeding.

In this episode, we’ll cover:

  • Theresa discusses why imitation is the stepping stone to words.
  • Explains the importance of how a connection with the child can lead to better communication.
  • Tips for eye contact and what to do when not getting eye contact.
  • What parents should be looking for in terms of benchmarks and why patience is need for both therapists and parents for a child’s communication.
  • The importance of “independent play” and how to include it effectively into therapy.
  • Discusses the advantages of a multi-disciplinary therapy model.

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