Speech and Language Therapy

 

Rebecca reading to a baby

So, what exactly does Rebecca do? Speech and language therapy with toddlers and pre-schoolers, to an untrained observer, looks like play.

This is also what a child will perceive. However, beneath the surface, Rebecca carefully plans therapy activities that create opportunities for a child to use a target (gesture, sound, word, etc.).

Within this activity, Rebecca will use cues to help the child achieve success. Rebecca will also teach these cues to the parent, helping them work with their child in daily routines and activities.

When a child successfully practices their speech with their parent throughout the day, progress is maximized.

Therapy with older children looks a bit different, depending on their age and interests. Activities may be more structured, and practice activities may look more like "homework”, but still with a focus on keeping activities fun and motivating.

Often children accessing private speech and language therapy have other professionals involved. When these professionals work together as a team, the child benefits even more. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team has been central to Rebecca’s work in a children’s treatment centre setting, and she enjoys bringing this collaborative spirit to her private clients. Collaborative consultation may take place with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Childcare Providers, and of course, any other Speech-language Pathologist who may involved with your child.