Speech Therapy in kelowna
Does your child need speech therapy in Kelowna?
At Crossroads Collective, Our services for Speech Therapy in Kelowna can be carried out online via video conferencing or in our clinic, depending on each client’s needs. This may also vary depending on the child’s age and communication abilities. Our speech-language pathologist’s role is to provide play-based therapy using objects, pictures, and books to help stimulate speech and language development.
Speech Therapy In Kelowna Can Help!
Speech therapy in Kelowna is the assessment and treatment of communication delays and disorders. Speech-Language Pathologists work with clients to improve their communication skills and provide strategies and techniques to generalize these skills at home. We also integrate and communicate with teachers, parents, and other healthcare professionals where needed.
Who Are Our Speech Pathologists?
Speech-language pathologists, also called SLPs, are experts in communication. They work with people of all ages, from toddlers to elders, and treat many types of communication and swallowing problems. These include problems with:
Speech sounds is how we put sounds and say sounds to put words together. Other words for these problems are articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech (a motor planning disorder that makes it difficult to sequence the movements needed for speech), or dysarthria (weakness of the muscles used for speech).
Language is how well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking and feeling. Some adults also have difficulty with language, which is often the result of a stroke, in which case they may have a disorder called aphasia.
This is regarding how well we read and write. It is possible that if you have a speech or language disorder, you might also have some issues with spelling, writing or even reading.
Social communication is about how well we follow social rules. This includes waiting for your turns, how to adapt your speech level in different situations, or how close you should be when talking to someone. This is also known as pragmatics.
This is about how our voices sound. We may lose our voice often, have a voice that sounds hoarse, talk loudly without meaning to or simply talking from our noses. This also includes being unable to make sounds.
This is also referred to as stuttering. It is how well our speech flows in a conversation. When stuttering, a person may uncontrollably repeat sounds. For example, use “um” or “uh,”, stutter by saying words like t-t-t-table or simply use as lot of pause when we are talking. A lot of young kids will go through a stuttering phase, but most will outgrow it. If you need help, you can ask us about speech therapy in Langley.
This is how well our minds work with memory, problem solving, organization, attention and more. There is so much that speech therapy in Langley can do for this!
Feeding and swallowing
A swallowing disorder can possibly lead to disorders related to poor nutrition, weight loss, and more. This is also known as dysphagia.
What do Speech-Language Pathologists do?
More than you think!
When you think of speech therapy in Kelowna, you most likely think of someone who can only help you if you have a lisp or a stuttering problem. In reality, it is much more than that!
Speech Therapy in Langley can also help with:
- Speech disorders & delays: This includes articulation, phonology and any motor speech delay or disorder. It also includes any comprehension or any expression of language in oral and non-verbal contexts.
- Fluency disorders: This includes any stutters or language cluttering.
- Cognitive-communicative disorders: This includes social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions.
- Pre-literacy and literacy skills: This includes decoding, phonological awareness, reading and writing.
- Swallowing and feeding disorders: We can work on this disorder for adults, children and infants.
- Swallowing or Communication disorders related to other issues. For example, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury, dementia, developmental, intellectual or genetic disorders and neurological impairments.
Why Choose Crossroad Collective
At Crossroad Collective, we have a vast array of options when it comes to our counsellors. Depending on what are your specific needs, we will find the perfect person to help you with your speech disorder. Our counsellors have experience and they love what they do. We are ready to meet with you today so give us a call!
Crossroads Collective offers a sliding scale discounted rate on counselling services for those families where finances are a hindrance. We welcome the opportunity to discuss a payment arrangement that works for our clients. We also offer direct billing to Autism funding, CKNW Children’s Charity, Variety Club and other private benefactor grants. Ask us about our speech therapy in Langley.
We are here to support you along your journey.
If you have any questions about speech therapy in Langley or if you want to learn more about our services, feel free to contact us. We are now accepting both virtual appointments as well as in-person appointments. Click below and schedule your first visit today!
It is my passion to work with children and support them to become confident and successful communicators. I recognize the importance of working closely with families to provide the best possible treatment outcomes. My approach to therapy is supporting children where they are and building upon their skills. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I have worked in public schools for over 14 years.
I have diverse experience working with children with a variety of speech and language disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech, stuttering, autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. I enjoy supporting children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and have experience with Go Talk Now, TouchChat, Proloquo2go, LAMP, and Snap plus Core First. I strive to build on the strengths of the child in a fun and positive environment, leading to improved communication and social connections with others.