A comprehensive evaluation of your child's speech, language or literacy skills is a necessary first step in order to identify any areas of difficulty and to plan appropriate treatment. Each evaluation culminates in a written report which includes the clinical conclusion, recommendations and a treatment plan.
Language refers to the types of words we use, how we put these together to make sentences, how we tell stories or share personal experiences and how we use our language to communicate. Receptive language involves our understanding of vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar, story structure and the social norms for using language to communicate. Expressive language difficulties can include having problems expressing our thoughts or ideas, and having difficulties finding the right words. We provide high-quality and effective language treatment for children with language difficulties or disorders.
Speech refers to the sounds we make using our mouths, tongues and lips. Some children may have difficulties pronouncing certain sounds such as R or S (will say wabbit for rabbit or speak with a lisp), while others may have more complex difficulties, such as planning the motor movements necessary for clear and consistent speech. We are proud to provide our clients with effective and individualized play-based speech therapy that is rooted in scientific evidence.
We offer individualized evidence-based treatments for stuttering from preschool to adolescents.
These include the Lidcombe program for preschool children who stutter and the Camperdown program for teens.
Literacy intervention includes improving phonological awareness, strengthening phonics and decoding skills, building fluency in reading, improving reading comprehension, teaching spelling skills and narrative writing. Early struggling readers benefit from an explicit, systematic, hierarchical and multi-sensory approach to decoding written language. Lively Letters is an effective and evidence-based program that is used for younger students to build foundational skills. Highly individualized treatment using an Orton-Gillingham or Structured Literacy approach is used for students with dyslexia.
Research shows that early identification and treatment of speech and language difficulties at the youngest age can make a positive impact on their communication development.
Intervention focuses on providing parents with the tools and strategies to stimulate their child's language in everyday routines and activities at home.
Parent training programs offered include "It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays" and "More Than Words - The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties".