The Speech and Language Therapy department at the FVCDC helps infants and preschool children with speech, language, and hearing disorders and who therefore have difficulty communicating. Our goal is to help these children communicate to the best of their ability at home and in the community. The services are provided free of charge and participation is voluntary.
Some areas where children may experience problems include:
- Pre-language skills — sound play, gestures, eye contact, interaction, and turn-taking.
- Pronouncing words clearly.
- Expressing themselves fluently and understandably (expressive language).
- Listening and understanding (receptive language).
- Oral-motor skills for speaking and eating.
Working with you, the parents and caregivers, our speech-language pathologists and assistants provide a number of services, including:
- One-to-one consultations with you and your child.
- A communication skills assessment of your child.
- Developing goals and recommendations, in consultation with you,
- Up to 10 weeks of individual therapy.
- Group therapy for the you and your child.
- Monitoring and a consultation service every few months for children who are not receiving individual therapy.
- Coordination and team work with other FVCDC and community professionals.
When appropriate, we will provide information about private therapy services to you.
You may refer your child to us, known as a self-referral. Caregivers, family doctors, preschool teachers, or anyone else involved in your child's life may also make referrals.
Find Out More
The British Columbia Association of Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists. www.bcaslpa.ca. The “How We Can Help” section of that web site may be helpful.
Also visit www.speechforkids.com Speech and language therapy resources for children.