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Services

Speech & Language Therapy

SERVICES OFFERED INCLUDE:

  • Assessment
  • Therapy
  • Parent guidance and support
  • Educator guidance and support
  • Liaison with Educators, other Therapists and Psychologists
  • Case discussions and Progress discussions
  • Parent workshops
  • Educator workshops

WHAT IS SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY?

“The essence of human behaviour is speech. Those of us who have spoken so much, so easily, so well, for so long, find it difficult to comprehend the remarkable complexities of communication” (Van Riper, 1972)

What is Speech-Language Therapy?
Speech-Language Pathology is the study of human communication disorders. Communication is a complex aspect of human behaviour. The ability to communicate is central to all that we do, to who we are, how we learn and how we relate to each other at home, at school and at work. A child or adult with a communication disorder may encounter many obstacles to learning, communicating and employment. Communication is involved in a lot of factors of the school day. Students need to listen, express answers, write responses, and interact with peers and teachers. Communication is a necessity in the classroom. Can you imagine the struggles one would have if one cannot do any of those things? Learning will be quite a challenge!
A Speech-Language Therapist focuses on the assessment and remediation of deficits in the following areas:

Speech production:
Remediation of misarticulated speech sounds, development of the speech sound system, planning and coordinating the oro-motor movements needed to make speech sounds

Language:
Receptive language: This is the understanding of language. Receptive disorders refer to difficulties understanding or processing language.

Expressive language: This is the use of language. Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, vocabulary limitations, sentence formulation, grammar, vocabulary expansion, and verbal reasoning and storytelling/narrative skills.

Pragmatic language: This is the ability to use language in a socially appropriate way.

Auditory Perception:
This refers to the processing of heard information. This is not linked to hearing acuity. This relates to auditory memory, the ability to follow oral directions, discrimination of similar and same sounding words, understanding of information presented verbally and reasoning skills.

Phonological Awareness:
Phonological awareness skills refer to the ability to manipulate sounds within words, and having awareness of the phonological structure, or sound structure, of words. This is precursor for developing reading and literacy skills. This includes hearing sounds in words, segmenting sounds in a word, blending sounds together, and rhyming skills.

Voice disorders:
This includes issues with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice.

Stuttering:
Fluency disorders include stuttering, a condition in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions, or prolonging sounds and syllables.

Medico-legal and RAF Assessments

Medico-legal assessments (expert opinion) provide an independent assessment for road accident fund (RAF) claims and medical negligence matters relating to public liability and common law. Medico-legal assessments provide sound evidence and recommendations from which to make informed decisions regarding compensation matters that may be upheld in a court of law. Assessments are carried out by our highly experienced psychologists. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Counsellor

Registered Counsellors:

Registered counsellors perform psychological and primary mental status screening. They administer basic assessment and psychological interventions. Registered counsellors perform supportive, compensatory and routine psychological interventions to enhance personal functioning.

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Dietitian

Dietitians are not only weight loss experts!
When someone mentions the word 'dietitian', what is the first thought that comes to your mind? The most common response would be: "Someone who puts you on a diet to help you lose weight." Many people are not fully using our services as a result of this false perception.

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Couples Therapy

Couples therapy can help couples improve their relationship in many ways. For instance, it helps couples resolve conflict, learn how to communicate effectively, better understand each other, enhance their emotional connection and strengthen their bond.

Naturally, couples may face obstacles in therapy that stall their progress. They may have inaccurate assumptions about how therapy works, which can keep them stuck.

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Assessment

Psycho-educational assessments

What is the process of a psycho-educational assessment?
A comprehensive psychoeducational assessment is typically comprised of four parts:

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Play Therapy

Child psychology is a specialty in professional psychology that develops and applies scientific knowledge to the delivery of psychological services to infants, toddlers, children and adolescents within their social context.

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Remedial Therapy

Remedial therapy is aimed at children from Gr. 1 – 4 on an individual basis, twice a week. The aim is to bridge the gap between present learning and desired future learning. The focus is on assisting individuals who suffer from conditions that interfere with learning, such as ADD, ADHD, dyslexia (difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling) and dyscalculia (difficulty with mathematics).

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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational therapy?

Occupational Therapy focuses on making individuals as independent and functional as possible within their activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include self-care, work, social and leisure. OT focuses on addressing the physical, psychiatric, paediatric, sensory, motor skills, geriatric and vocational components of the individual.

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Psychology

What is Psychology?
Psychology is an academic and practical field that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviours. Psychology has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups that involves establishing general principles as well as understanding specific and individual experiences of their people.

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Psychiatry

What is a Psychiatrist

Overview of Psychiatry
The Surgeon General’s report, Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity, unequivocally states that “mental health is

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