Speech-Language Assessments

A speech-language assessment provides us with detailed information about your child’s strengths and areas of need with respect to communication and/or swallowing.

We start by completing an intake form, which helps us select appropriate testing materials and provides background information on your child. For young children, we often use play-based assessments; for older children, we have several tools at our disposal, including standardized speech and language tests. We often use interviews and observations to supplement our formal procedures. Assessment results will outline whether therapy is warranted and provide the recommended frequency and duration of treatment sessions. An outlined treatment plan can be provided upon request.

 


Speech-Language Therapy Sessions

Our speech-language pathologists provide individual and group speech and language services to children through treatment procedures and techniques. The frequency and nature of the therapy is determined based on your child’s specific needs. Therapy sessions are generally 50 minutes in length; 25-minute sessions are also available (in clinic only).

To ensure the highest quality of therapy, services are always accompanied by home practice programs to allow for optimal carry-over of skills learned in each session. We also make educating family members and caregivers an essential component of the intervention plan.

 Pediatric services include assessment and treatment of:

Speech disorders
Articulation disorders/clarity of speech
Phonological disorders
Oral motor delays
Tongue thrust
Apraxia of speech
Fluency disorders (stuttering)
Voice and resonance disorders
Feeding and swallowing disorders (dysphagia)

Language Delays and Disorders
Late talkers or late-talking children
Pre-literacy and literacy skills
Receptive language disorders
Expressive language disorders
Organization of language
Augmentative and alternative communication
Pragmatic language (social language)

Occupational Therapy Assessments

An occupational therapy assessment provides us with detailed information about your child’s strengths and areas of need with respect to sensory processing, visual perception and skills, development, gross and fine motor skills, handwriting and hand dexterity, behaviour, and other everyday skills.

We start by completing an intake form, which helps us select appropriate testing materials and provides background information on your child. For young children, we often use play-based assessments; for older children, we have several tools at our disposal, including cognitive screening and goniometers. We often use interviews and observations to supplement our formal procedures. Assessment results will outline whether therapy is warranted and provide the recommended frequency and duration of treatment sessions. An outlined treatment plan can be provided upon request. 


Occupational Therapy Sessions

Our occupational therapist will provide individual and group occupational therapy services to children through treatment procedures and techniques. The frequency and nature of the therapy is determined based on your child’s specific needs. Therapy sessions are generally 50 minutes in length; 25-minute sessions are also available (in clinic only).

To ensure the highest quality of therapy, services are always accompanied by home practice programs to allow for optimal carry-over of skills learned in each session. We also make educating family members and caregivers an essential component of the intervention plan.

Pediatric services include assistance with:

Developmental Disabilities
Autism spectrum disorders
Down syndrome
Cerebral palsy
Hearing impairments
Cleft lip and/or palate

Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia
Auditory processing disorders
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Other Areas of Expertise
Feeding therapy
Sensory processing disorders
Visual perception deficits
Hand dexterity
Pre-printing and printing skills
Environmental and adaptive devices 

 

Advanced Therapy Techniques

When they're not helping children realize their full potential, you can find our therapists attending courses and workshops to stay up to date on the latest research, techniques, and tools in their respective fields. Here are just some of the advanced training courses Denitsa has completed in her areas of expertise:

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
More Than Words Hanen Certification Workshop
Social Thinking Conference: Superflex and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning and Common Core Standards and What's Play Got to Do with Classroom Learning?
The Picture Exchange Communication System
The Basic Course on the DIR/Floortime Model
A Day of Education and Inspiration with Shirley Sutton, Dr. Peter Szatmari and Dr. Temple GrandinTraining Seminar for UCLA PEERS: Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills
The ABC of AAC for Children with ASD
Exploring Social Executive Functioning and Social Emotional Learning for 4-7 Year Olds
The Meltdowns Workshop
Non-violent Crisis Prevention Intervention

Language Learning/ Language Delay/ Language Disorders/ Language-Based Learning Disabilities
It Takes Two To Talk Hanen Certification Workshop
Target Word Hanen Certification Workshop
Language Teaching: Sequences for Speech Development and Issues in Advanced Learning and Concept Training (by Dr. Barb Esch) 
Developing Language and Literacy...The Animated Workshop
Reducing Stress and Enhancing Learning for Students with Dyslexia, ADHD and Anxiety (by Dr. E. Tridas and Dana Sahian)

Articulation/Phonology/Apraxia of Speech
Introduction to PROMPT: Technique Workshop
21st Century Articulation Therapy Workshop by Pamela Marshalla
Tips and Techniques for Successful Articulation Remediation by Ch. Boshart
Developing Intelligibility in Children with Limited Expression

Fluency (Stuttering)
The Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention
Fluency Plus Program: A Comprehensive Treatment for School Aged Children
Fluency Workshop: The Young School-Aged Child who Stutters (5-9 year olds) by Dr. R. Kroll and L. Ayuyao

Cognitive Reorganization
Functional Intervention Approaches that Work for Aphasia, Dementia and TBI