Children can experience a range of difficulties while learning to communicate. When a child struggles with communication, the results are often frustrating for the child and caregiver. Speech therapy can provide support and strategies to help families navigate these challenging times. We work with children and their families to determine the best course of treatment, adapt treatment to individual needs, and collaborate with our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive treatment.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists Address:
- Cognition and attention
- Expressive and receptive language
- Early language development
- Feeding and Swallowing/Dysphagia
- Literacy and pre-literacy skills
- Phonological difficulties
- Reading fluency
- Social communication and pragmatic skills
- Stuttering or disfluent speech
- Tongue thrust
- Voice and resonance
Peer Speech Therapy
This intervention bring together will bring together 2-4 children scheduled with a speech-language pathologist for an hour once a week for 6 weeks. Peer Speech Therapy will be offered to children between the ages of 5-8 years old and 9-12 year olds. It will focus on teaching children how to adapt their language based on the social situation, teaching the rules of conversation, turn taking, non-verbal communication skills, understanding non-literal language, problem solving, interpreting and expressing emotions.
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
New Horizons Wellness Services offers specialized speech-language evaluations and therapy services for children who may benefit from an Alternative and Augmentative Communication system.
What is AAC?
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). Individuals who have challenges communicating may be a good candidates for AAC. AAC includes all of the ways we can express our thoughts, ideas, emotions and feelings.
There are two different types of AAC:
Unaided– using our body to convey messages including gestures, facial expressions, affect and sign language
- Aided– using technology, communication books, symbols, language applications or speech-generating devices
How can New Horizons Wellness Services support your child in exploring AAC?
- Your child’s therapeutic team including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and family will work together to discover your child’s strengths and challenge areas.
Areas that will be important to assess are:
Total communication abilities
- How does your child currently communicate wants, needs, feelings and emotions?
- Eye contact and eye gaze
- Body movements
- Reaching or pointing
- Words and phrases
- Picture symbols
- How will your child access a communication system?
- Touch screen
- Eye gaze
- Auditory scanning
- Your speech-language pathologist will work with your child to trial different language systems and access methods as well as specific AAC devices. They will also work with vendors and insurance companies to explore funding. It is always essential to consider family goals and the environment in which these systems will be used to ensure success!