Lidcombe Program Basics – Home Practice Planning

Here is the last post in this series about the basics of this treatment approach. Set up a plan for home practice for the coming week.

There’s nothing new about this. Speech Pathologists do this all the time. The home practice plan tends to evolve as the session progresses. Often, I start a list for the parent so that as issues, solutions, ideas and therapy strategies arise, they are written down. It’s difficult to remember all that is said at any appointment without a written list. Having a written list also cements the importance and expectations about the quantity and quality of home practice.

The list might cover:

  • Talking practice ideas
  • On-The-Go talking practice ideas
  • Ideal language level for talking practice sessions
  • Strategies to manage chattiness/stuttering during talking practice
  • Type and Dose of contingencies
  • Wording for contingencies
  • What to do in everyday situations

I usually take a photo of the sheet so all the advice is documented in my treatment notes. I encourage parents to video me demonstrating treatment or explaining what to do at home so they can review that as need be.

And, for the first time recently, a five year old client decided that his own idea for talking practice needed to be noted down – ‘smooth talking motor bikes dad’. We made that work! Love it!