Speech Language Pathology
Our team of highly qualified Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessment and treatment to individuals with speech, language, communication, and social skills concerns. Our therapy follows best practice guidelines where intervention goals are individually developed, progress against goals is consistently measured, and outcomes are shared with parents/clients on a regular basis.
When should I consider speech and language services?
Infant/Toddler – when:
- Your child is not responding consistently to his/her name and not babbling with a variety of speech sounds by 1 year of age
- Your child uses less words than other children his/her age
- There is a loss of speech or language skills (i.e., had words but they disappeared)
- Your child is difficult to understand by others
School-Age (early Elementary to Youth) – when:
- Your child has difficulty playing with others and making friends
- Your child continues to struggle making him/herself understood to others.
- Your child is reluctant to communicate with their peers or less familiar family members and family friends.
- Your child shows signs of stuttering past the age of 4 years.
- Your child is struggling to learn concepts (i.e., size, shape, material properties, location, quantity, time, etc.)
- Your child is experiencing difficulties with written language skills (for example, learning to read, spell, or complete writing activities)
- Your child’s voice quality has recently changed or remains hoarse following either vocal chord trauma (e.g., surgery) or from overuse/abuse (e.g., prolonged bouts of yelling).
This online screening tool may also be helpful in determining if the services of an SLP are warranted for your child: http://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-language-screening.html
Adults – when:
- There is a loss of speech, understanding, an ability to read, and/or write due to an acquired brain injury (e.g., stroke, dementia, infection, etc.) or due to a traumatic brain injury (e.g., motor vehicle accident, head injury)
- A change in vocal quality (voice pitch, tone, or volume).
Monthly Screening Clinics (for ages 0 – 6 years)
This monthly clinic is a free of charge, drop-in service for parents to address questions and/or concerns regarding their child’s development. The clinic is run by a qualified team of professionals, including: behaviour analyst, speech-language pathologist, and occupational therapist. They will be available to provide brief consultation in the areas of behaviour, communication, speech, language, play skills, pre-literacy skills, and motor development. The results of the screening will be discussed with parents and will indicate which areas of development are following a typical path and other areas which may require ongoing monitoring or additional assessment by a healthcare professional.
If you're interested in attending one of our complimentary developmental screening clinics, please visit either our British Columbia or Ontario events page.
Our Clinical Experts
In Canada, speech-language pathologists are required to hold a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and are licensed by provincial Colleges or comply with each province’s certification standards. Monarch House SLP staff also includes Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDA). The CDA is a para-professional who works under the supervision of Speech-Language Pathologist. CDAs possess a graduate Certificate in addition to their undergraduate degree in a field of study such as Psychology, Science, Linguistics, or Developmental Disabilities.
Our SLPs and CDAs also hold additional accreditation and training in a number of evidence-based commercially developed treatment techniques, such as:
- Augmentative Communication Strategies, including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- The Lidcombe Program for stuttering
- Children’s Friendship Training
- Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™)
There are many other commercial treatment techniques that are endorsed in the media, however, at Monarch House we are committed to offering only those treatments which have sound scientific evidence that demonstrates effectiveness for specific disorders/problems. Our SLPs will often use aspects of other treatments/programs that may be helpful within a well-developed intervention plan to augment treatment. Those techniques may be pulled from commercial treatments such as:
- Hanen Programs – It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words
- Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
- Kaufman Speech Praxis Program – Speech to Language Protocol
- AAC – Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) such as Proloquo2Go, PECS, etc.
For more information, please contact the Monarch House location nearest you.