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Raising Skilled Readers

By |October 1st, 2018|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

Helping your child become the best reader they can be Back to school means a fresh start for many. A new class, new friends, new teacher and new skills come along with the Fall weather. For many children, one of these new skills is reading. There are many different levels of reading competence and numerous benefits that come from [...]

Summer Speech Therapy: 8 Reasons Why it’s the Ideal Time

By |May 24th, 2018|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

With the days getting longer and  warmer, summertime is just around the corner. When school is out, it can be tempting to view this time as an opportunity to take a break from everything. However, from a therapy perspective, we find summer Speech Therapy to be an ideal time to get the most out of sessions. With play based [...]

Speech Therapy for Adults

By |April 24th, 2018|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

Traditionally when we think of speech therapy, we often think of a child learning to “talk”. However, the scope of a Speech and Language Pathologist is one that can extend far beyond children talking. The following is a brief overview of the different ways a Speech-Language Pathologist can help adults with a variety of challenges: Post-Stroke If you or [...]

Developing Problem Solving Skills in Children

By |November 28th, 2017|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

Executive functions are the skills that allow us self-regulation, problem solving, attention, organization, and management of different aspects of our lives. These important skills begin to develop in childhood and continue to develop into adulthood. The following activities can be done in the home or school environment to allow school-age students to practice using different executive function skills in [...]

Stretching Basics – Why You Should Stretch, and How You Should Do It

By |October 5th, 2017|Categories: Isaac Storgryn, RMT|

What is a Stretch? There are many types and styles of stretching out there and many reasons to do stretching but the basics of stretching are simple, as per the dictionary definition: “to draw out or extend (oneself, a body, limbs, wings, etc.) to the full length or extent”. Basically whether it fascia, scar tissue or muscle fibres a [...]

8 Fun Speech and Language Development Ideas for Back to School

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

With the Fall season upon us, and children settling back into the school routine it is nice to have some fresh ideas on how to incorporate developmental goals into our daily lives. Here are some tips on how to turn everyday events into opportunities for speech and language development. Before reading, keep in mind a couple things: These are just [...]