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Our Speech-Language Pathologists have experience in the treatment of children and adults with speech, language and swallowing challenges. We combine evidence on best treatments with thoughtful individual care, to ensure the best treatment outcomes.

Speech & Language Delay

Communication is more than producing sounds accurately. It includes understanding what others say, using gestures, remembering and interacting with others, and having relationships with family, friends, and teachers.

Every child is different and develops at a different pace but the following milestones might be helpful for you to consider if you are feeling concerned about your child’s development.

Does your child needs speech therapy because their sentences or their speech development is delayed? This handy table will tell you what to expect at different ages.

  • Responding to loud noises.
  • Smiling at the sound of your voice.
  • Smiling at people.
  • Beginning to babble.
  • Show affection for caregivers and begin to play.
  • Respond to other people’s emotions and often seem happy.
  • Respond to sounds and the environment.
  • Make sounds including “ah”, “eh”, “oh”.
  • Laugh and make squealing sounds.
  • Look when their name is called.
  • Be soothed by your voice.
  • Play sound games with you. Respond to sounds by making sounds.
  • Know your face and know if someone is a stranger.
  • Enjoys looking at self in the mirror.
  • Say some consonant sounds including the M and B sounds.
  • Babble saying mama, baba, dada.
  • Play back and forth games.
  • Recognize familiar people.
  • Respond to their name.
  • Look where you point.
  • Understand “no”.
  • Turn to look at new sounds.
  • Laugh and play peekaboo.
  • Understand lots of words and respond to simple instructions.
  • Imitate sounds and begin to produce lots of different sounds in a string.
  • Be using at least one word for familiar people objects or activities.
  • Use their body or hands to communicate for example to say bye-bye.
  • Begin to point at things.
  • Be shy or nervous with strangers.
  • Cry when mom or dad leaves.
  • Have a favorite toy.
  • Hand you a book to hear a story.
  • Repeat sounds or actions to get attention.
  • Plays games such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake”.
  • Responds to simple spoken requests.
  • Shake head “no” or wave “bye-bye”.
  • Say “mama” and “dada” and “uh-oh!”.
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named.
  • Follow simple directions like “pick up the toy”.
  • Identify a few body parts and show things to others.
  • Respond to yes/no questions.
  • Express approximately 50 words (usually names of things or people) although words may not be clear.
  • Start to use 2-words at a time.
  • Be gaining new words.
  • Not lose skills he once had.
  • Point to show others something interesting or something he wants
  • Begin to pretend play.
  • Begin to scribble with crayons or pens.
  • Point to pictures in a book when named and name the pictures.
  • Copy others especially adults and older children.
  • Point to body parts and say their names.
  • Express 200-300 words but maybe only half is understandable.
  • Be understood by family members.
  • Use action words like go and run.
  • Play beside other children and begin to show some interest in playing together.
  • Repeat words overheard in conversation.
  • Follows two-step instructions such as “Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet.”
  • Begin to understand what, who, where questions.
  • Ask why questions.
  • Be understood most of the time.
  • Enjoy interacting with other children.
  • Show affection for friends.
  • Take turns in play.
  • Understand the idea of “mine” and “his” or “hers”.
  • Follow two or three step instructions.
  • Name most familiar things.
  • Understand words that tell where things are placed like “in” “on” and “under”.
  • Say the name of a friend.
  • Talk well enough for strangers to understand.
  • Show some understanding of beginning numbers.
  • Follow commands which includes three steps.
  • Tell and retell stories.
  • Ask questions.
  • Use”I” at the beginning of sentence.
  • Name some colors and some numbers.
  • Understand the idea of counting.
  • Understand the idea of “same” and “different”.
  • Draw a person with 2 to 4 body parts.
  • Have approximately 2000 words.
  • Produce most sounds correctly but maybe not the S, R or L.
  • Be using sentences and telling simple stories.
  • Show a wide range of emotions.
  • Focus on one activity for more than five minutes.
  • Know what’s real and what’s pretend.
  • Give their first and last name.
  • Talk about daily activities or experiences.
Accent Reduction

Is your dominant language affecting your English accent? If you feel that your accent is interfering with your advancement at work, your self esteem, or your social engagements, you might consider speech therapy for accent reduction.

Several aspects of speaking are different across languages. Words are stressed differently, there might be sounds you have never used, and sometimes sentences are produced with different intonation. Sounds in words, intonation, stress, and rhythm in speech are all targeted in therapy for accent reduction.

Before we start treatment, we learn a bit about your dominant language so we can target the sounds which are likely to be unfamiliar. We take a practical approach in treatment by encouraging the practice of words and scripts you might use at work, in public speaking, or in daily life.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism is defined as a developmental disability and at the early stage will be characterized by a communication delay, difference, or disorder. Children with autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD will show difficulties in social skills, communication, and language ability. Difficulties might be mild or severe. Children with autism are all different but might share some of the following characteristics.

Social Skills

Your child might have problems feeling connected with others and may seem to be satisfied with living in their own world. They may have trouble:

  • Sharing a common focus or play activity.
  • Understanding another person’s feelings.
  • Making and keeping friends.

Communication

Children with autism might have trouble understanding communication, talking with others, reading or writing. Some children lose words that they have used correctly. Your child may have difficulties:

  • Understanding what you communicate with words or body language.
  • Using words in a meaningful way. They may repeat words just heard or heard days or weeks earlier. They may show an unusual ability to recall scripts from shows watched over and over or the written content of favorite book.
  • Using their voice in a natural way. They may talk with little expression or use a sing-song voice.
  • Regulating their behavior. They may have tantrums as a way of communicating their frustration.
  • Learning to read or write.

There are no known cure for autism but speech therapy can help a child or adult learn strategies for improving their communication and social skills.

Intervention for autism should start at a very young age. An appropriate treatment plan for a child, their family, or an adult with autism can assist in life participation at all ages and stages.

Stuttering

Are you concerned about stuttered speech? Stuttered speech is characterized by pauses, sound repetitions, whole word repetitions, and sometimes extra body movements while speaking. Stuttering can create speaking anxiety and interfere substantially in activities of daily living. It can stop you from achieving your goals at work, school and in relationships.

Stuttering responds favorably to early intervention. Treatment in the preschool years shows the greatest success. Children often repeat sounds and words as they are learning to speak but some children get stuck in the word repetition cycle and this can develop into a pattern of stuttering.

There is some evidence that stuttering has a genetic component. Often there is more than one family member who has stuttered speech.

If you are concerned about your preschoolers speech and you are worried about stuttering it is important to see a speech therapist as soon as possible.

Stuttering can be treated with electronic devices as well as therapy designed, to alter movement patterns during speaking. If you are a teen or an adult and you stutter, the best thing to do is let your stuttering happen. Trying to reduce stuttering by forcing the words out or hurrying to complete a sentence will make stuttering worse. Trying to hide stuttering by using different words or avoiding conversations will also make it worse. We can help reduce the anxiety associated with stuttering and assist with life participation despite stuttered speech.

We Also Provide Services for:

Voice Disorders
Articulation Disorders
Stroke & Brain Injuries Recovery
FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
Aphasia
Apraxia
Swallowing Recovery
Down Syndrome
Parkinson's Disease
Dementia
Alzheimer's Disease
Transgender Voice Therapy
Dysarthria

We Provide Services in Person and on Camera

In addition to providing in person therapy at our Winnipeg clinic, we also provide on camera (telehealth) therapy to the following regions in Canada:

  • Manitoba
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon
  • Nunavut

Featured Therapists

Allison Baird

Senior Therapist

Allison Baird’s career spans almost 4 decades and includes hospital based care, research, teaching, training and private practice. Throughout her career, Allison has been focused on training and mentoring the next generation of speech therapists while ensuring she’s at the forefront of a rapidly changing field.

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Donna Harvey

Therapist

Donna Harvey is a highly knowledgeable and dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) offering 18 years of experience assessing and treating children within the education environment (public, Catholic and private school boards), as well as through private practice, and preschool settings.

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Christine Ryczak

Therapist

Christine has worked with children and adults with a variety of communication needs. She has worked in the public school system as well as private practice. Her special interests include working with children with voice disorders, fluency disorders, apraxia of speech, speech sound disorders, autism, language delays, and intellectual disabilities.

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Your First Appointment

Your initial appointment will be with your Speech-Language Pathologist who will collect information about your background including medical information (if appropriate) and work done with other therapists. We will evaluate your communication skills which will provide information used to guide the Speech-Language Pathologist in developing your treatment plan. In addition we will discuss your goals and concerns to ensure a match between our services and your needs.

If you have a referral or report from other professionals (doctors, occupational or physical therapists, schools) this would be helpful in the initial appointment. We may ask you to sign a Release of Information so we can coordinate our services with any public services (educational or medical) involved in your care.

A referral from a physician is NOT required.

Pricing

Services provided by our registered Speech-Language Pathologists are covered by most private insurance plans.

Initial Assessment

$150 per 50 minutes
$100 per 30 minutes


The initial assessment is completed by a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. The purpose of the assessment is to diagnose the type of communication difficulty and determine the treatment plan. It usually takes 50 minutes to complete (some special cases may take up to 150 minutes). The therapist will send you a report with a plan within 5 business days.

Therapy Session

$110 per 50 minutes
$75 per 30 minutes


Each therapy session is provided by a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. The session is usually about 30 or 50 minutes. During the session the therapist will evaluate your progress, find ways to help you practice, and assign exercises for you to practice independently. (Research shows that the best therapy outcome occurs when homework is completed.)

Supplement Session

$65 per 50 minutes
$45 per 30 minutes


The supplement sessions are provided by our trained and supervised Speech-Language Assistants. The assistant will deliver the therapy according to the treatment plan designed by your primary therapist. To insure the best outcome, your progress will be closely monitored by your primary therapist and your treatment plan will be modified accordingly.

We are Taking New Clients

Our full time therapists spend less than 5 hours per day seeing clients. The rest of the time is used for research, evaluating outcomes, and developing new treatment approaches. Contact us today before the remaining spots are filled.

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