Speech and Language Therapy – Fergus Ontario

Speech and Language Therapy for Children – We are here to help!

With over 20 years of clinical experience, we provide services to children with speech and language difficulties. Language and speech disorders can exist together or by themselves and the problem can be mild or severe. Connecting with a registered member of the College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Ontario (CASLPO) is the first step to improving language and speech difficulties.

A physician’s referral is not necessary to access our services. Speech and Language Therapy Services may be covered by your extended health care benefits, call your insurer to find out about your coverage.

Not sure if your child has a speech and/or language difficulty?  Contact us today and we will provide you with the information you need to understand if a referral is right for your child.

<b>Kristen Smith</b>
Kristen SmithSpeech-Language Pathologist

Speech and Language Therapy Assessment and Intervention

Assessment

Evaluations and assessments are conducted to determine a child’s communication strengths and needs. The assessment is the initial phase of the treatment process.

  • Articulation (speech sound production)
  • Language
  • Voice Fluency (stuttering)
  • Pragmatic and social skills

Depending on the severity and complexity of the communication difficulties, the assessment may be completed in one visit or it may require several sessions.

Understanding a child’s communication abilities is an ongoing process that occurs throughout intervention.  The initial assessment provides a starting point from which to develop an appropriate intervention plan.

An assessment summary will be provided to the family.

If your child is on a wait-list for public-funded services and an assessment has recently been completed then a full assessment may not be required. A short discussion with Kristen may help determine how your child’s needs can be met.

Intervention

Intervention refers to the treatment which is carried out on a regular basis. An appropriately designed intervention program will greatly improve the outlook for children with speech and language difficulties.

Intervention is most successful when geared toward the child’s specific needs and allows him/her to develop to their fullest potential.

At the start of intervention, a plan is developed with specific goals based on the child’s needs.  This plan is discussed with parents and reviewed and modified periodically throughout the treatment process.

Children and their parents are encouraged to be active participants in the intervention process.

Intervention also focuses on creating environments that promotes communication development.