HOW CAN WE HELP?
We offer Assessment, Consultation and Therapy options for a wide-range of communication and literacy challenges.
MOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS
Motor speech disorders (such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech and dysarthria) are Heather's favourite area of treatment. Children with motor speech difficulties can have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. Both of these disorders benefit greatly from intense speech therapy. Heather is trained to use PROMPT (tactile speech cues) and has found this treatment very effective for kids with motor speech disorders.
Whether your child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, or social communication difficulties, we are able to use their preferences and uniqueness to set appropriate and realistic communication goals. Our Speech-Language Pathologists Heather Giffin and Rachel Teague are certified in Hanen’s More Than Words program, a parent-implemented intervention that uses every day routines and play activities as context for building a child's social and communication skills. Danielle, Lindsay and Emily are all gifted in this area, and have extensive experience working with AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).
RECEPTIVE AND EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE DELAY/DISORDER
Children with language delay/disorder may be late to talk, and may have difficulty with skills such as understanding stories and expressing their ideas. Our Speech-Language Pathologists Heather Giffin and Rachel Teague are certified in Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk program, a parent-implemented intervention that uses every day routines and play activities as context for building a pre-school child's language skills. Our CDAs Emily and Lindsay are also trained to work with pre-school children to facilitate language development. School-aged children with language delay/disorder will address individualized goals through play-based activities, engaging stories, and tasks relevant to their school, home and social lives.
Heather and Danielle are die-hard passionate about literacy. Both are Orton-Gillingham trained at the Associate Level. Research is clear that children who struggle to develop reading and spelling benefit from an approach that is explicit, systematic and based on phonics. We work one-to-one with clients to develop foundational reading skills such as phonemic awareness (e.g., the ability to blend and segment words by sound), phonics, morphology and etymology. These services, as with all of our treatment options, may be covered under your Extended Health Benefits.
Stuttering is an interruption in the forward flow of speech. It usually begins around the age of 3, and early intervention is key to success. Our Speech-Language Pathologist Rachel Teague is trained in the Lidcombe Program, a family-centred behavioural treatment for children who stutter.
A voice disorder occurs when voice quality, pitch, and/or loudness differ from the healthful ideal according to age and gender identity. Voice disorders can be caused by something structural, or by behaviours such as loud play. The team at BWLP can recommend strategies and treatment to optimize vocal health.
Children develop speech sounds at different ages. An articulation assessment will determine if your child is on track for speech sound development. If needed, therapy will include teaching your child the correct way to produce the sound, practice in a variety of engaging contexts, and home-based activities to ensure collaboration and success. All members of the BWLP team see children with articulation difficulties. Heather tackles a lot of tricky lateral lisps. Jen is especially gifted at remediation of the R sound.