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Speech Therapy

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech therapists, also called speech-language pathologists (SLPs), work with people of all ages who may have difficulties with speech, language, communication, or swallowing. They assess the individual's abilities and develop personalized treatment plans to address areas of difficulty.

Speech therapy for children is a specialized form of intervention aimed at addressing speech and language disorders that may impact a child's communication skills, social interactions, academic performance, and overall quality of life. The therapy sessions may involve exercises, activities, games, and other interactive techniques to improve communication skills. Speech therapists may also provide guidance and support to family members and caregivers to help reinforce progress outside of therapy sessions. Overall, speech therapy for children aims to improve communication abilities, enhance social interactions, boost academic performance, and support overall development and well-being.

We pride ourselves on being a neuroaffirming company, which celebrates the uniqueness and strengths of neurodivergent individuals and recognize that neurodivergence by itself is not a flaw or illness that needs to be “fixed” or corrected. Instead, the goal of therapy is aimed at supporting the individual's communication needs and quality of life while respecting their unique communication styles to promote a more inclusive and effective approach to therapy. 

Speaking Practice

Key Aspects of Speech Therapy for Children:

  • Assessment: Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) conduct comprehensive assessments to evaluate a child's speech and language skills. This assessment helps identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement.

  • Individualized Treatment Plans: Based on the assessment findings, SLPs develop personalized treatment plans tailored to the child's specific needs, age, developmental level, and communication goals.

  • Language Development: Speech therapy helps children develop and improve their language skills, including vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, and expressive language abilities.

  • Articulation and Phonology: Many children may have difficulty with articulation (pronouncing sounds correctly) or phonology (understanding the sound system of their language). Speech therapy addresses these issues through targeted exercises and activities.

  • Literacy: An SLP can aid in the prevention of reading and writing difficulties and identification of children who may be at risk for literacy deficits. Early identification and intervention are very important as reading and writing skills have a big impact on a child’s academic performance. 

  • Fluency: For children who stutter or have other fluency disorders, speech therapy can help improve the fluency of their speech and reduce instances of stuttering.

  • Social Communication Skills: Speech therapy may also focus on developing social communication skills, such as turn-taking, maintaining eye contact, understanding nonverbal cues, and engaging in conversations with peers.

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Some children may benefit from AAC systems, such as picture boards, communication devices, or sign language. Speech therapists can assess the child's need for AAC and provide training to facilitate communication.

  • Parent/Caregiver Involvement: Involving parents and caregivers in the therapy process is crucial for reinforcing skills learned during therapy sessions and promoting generalization of skills to everyday situations.

  • Collaboration with Other Professionals: Speech therapists often collaborate with teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, and other professionals involved in the child's care to ensure a holistic approach to treatment.

  • Early Intervention: Early identification and intervention are key to maximizing the effectiveness of speech therapy for children. Starting therapy as early as possible can lead to better outcomes and prevent potential academic and social difficulties later in life.

  • Gender Affirming Voice Services: Gender-affirming voice therapy can help transgender and gender-diverse people adjust their voices to communication patterns that fit their gender identity. 

Book an Appointment Today!

Please follow the below link for more information about our assessment options and prices. Following the initial assessment, our therapists will work with you to create a family centred treatment plan as needed. 

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