Services

  • When you are worried about your child, you want knowledgeable, effective help without a long waiting list.

    We offer a limited number of after-work appointments to make speech therapy more accessible for working families, as well as appointments throughout the day. Saturday appointments with our Speech-Language Pathologist, Karen Morgan, are temporarily unavailable. However, we can offer Saturday appointments with our Communicative Disorders Assistant, who works under Karen’s supervision. Please contact the clinic to determine if this is suitable for your child and his or her goals.

    Assessment and therapy plans are available for a variety of childhood communication difficulties, including:

    • Pronunciation Difficulties

      An articulation assessment will let you know if your child is in need of extra help and will provide recommendations for treatment.

    • Late-to-Talk-Toddlers

      Early intervention can help give a toddler a voice to express him- or herself when there’s a delay in acquiring language.

    • Preschool Stuttering

      Our Speech Language Pathologist Karen Morgan is certified in treating preschool-aged stuttering using the Lidcombe program.

    • Motor Speech Disorder

      Speech therapy can help to strengthen your child’s motor patterns involved in producing speech.

    • Receptive & Expressive Language

      Language therapy helps to improve your child’s ability to process what you say and express his or her own ideas.

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder

      Highly customized therapy sessions support natural speech and language development for children with ASD.

  • Although children of different ages vary in their development of speech sounds, there are milestones for what is expected. Knowing these milestones helps to decide whether a child is on track or if extra help is needed.

    Speech therapy for sound delays includes a mixture of structured and unstructured activities. Structured activities are used to maximize the opportunities to practice a certain speech sound, while unstructured activities give the child the opportunity to practice this speech sound in more natural play contexts.

    Home programs are also provided for extra practice between therapy sessions.
 These home programs include tips and strategies to help your child to practice a certain speech sound, as well as suggestions for fun activities.

     

  • Some MSDs can be caused by muscle weakness, slowness, or incoordination of the lips, tongue, etc. Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a type of MSD that affects a child’s motor planning and programming involved in producing speech sounds. The result of a MSD is speech that may be slurred, mumbled, choppy, and difficult to understand.

    Treatment for MSDs includes frequent short sessions involving structured activities. Initial treatment for a younger child may involve working on increasing his or her attention for these structured activities. Successful treatment also involves coordinating sessions with any other clinicians involved with the child (for example, a speech pathologist at school).



    Just as learning to ride a bike requires lots of practice and support, so too does speech therapy for a child with a MSD. Similarly to any sport, talking (or producing speech) is basically a sequence of motor movements. With lots of repeated practice and support maintaining speech rhythm, therapy can help to strengthen a child’s motor patterns involved in producing speech. 

  • Is your child late to talk? If by 18 months he/she has less than 20 words, or if by 24 months he/she has less than 100 different words and is not yet combining words in new ways, then it could be that your child is late to talk. A language assessment is the first step in starting early intervention for your child. There are many reasons why it’s important to treat a language delay as early as possible.

    A toddler needs a way of expressing his or her ideas, and speech-language therapy can help if an assessment indicates a delay. 

For example, say a child really likes a certain t-shirt, but doesn’t like the itchy tag at the back of the neck. The words “shirt” or “no” don’t fully express this thought. Without having the words to express this dilemma, a child can easily become frustrated.

    If most children grow out of being late talkers, why is speech-language therapy important? First of all, speech-language therapy can help to reduce a child’s frustration or tantrums by teaching him or her to use words to talk about ideas, likes and dislikes. Importantly, speech-language therapy also reduces the risk for continued language and literacy problems later on in childhood. For these reasons, early intervention is crucial in the successful treatment of childhood speech and language delay.

  • While speech is defined by the sounds we use to talk, language is basically the words we use to talk about our ideas. As a child begins to attend school, it becomes more and more important to organize information using language. Behaviour problems are often caused by a child’s difficulty either using language to express ideas or understanding what is said.

    Expressive language means putting your ideas into words. Receptive language means understanding and interpreting the words of other people. A language assessment is the first step in determining whether a child is having language difficulties. Language therapy helps to improve a child’s understanding and/or ability to express ideas using language. 

  • Stuttering causes speech that is often interrupted from sound to sound and from word to word. These interruptions in speech may be sound repetitions (b-b-b-b-ball) or prolongations (mmmmmore). Children who stutter may also show signs of tension or struggle when trying to speak. Speech therapy can help to improve the smoothness or fluency of speech while working at the child’s current level of success.

    Using the evidence-based Lidcombe program, our Speech Pathologist Karen Morgan is certified in treating preschool-aged stuttering. This program is effective for children aged 2-5 years. By working as a team with the Speech Language Pathologist with a commitment to a full period of therapy, this parent-centered program is based on setting up a child for success in speaking more fluently.

  • Every child with ASD has unique abilities and challenges which may affect speech or language development. The main symptoms of ASD include restrictive or repetitive behaviours and difficulties communicating socially. Additionally, ASD is sometimes associated with motor planning difficulties, which may impact a child’s speech development.

    All children with ASD who are 18 months or older can benefit from speech-language therapy. There are many strategies to support a child with ASD in his or her development of speech and language skills.

    Treatment sessions are highly customized to the child’s strengths and needs, likes and dislikes. Our speech-language pathologist Karen Morgan is certified in Hanen’s More Than Words to support natural language development. You can learn more about The Hanen Centre and their “More Than Words” program here.