A service helping children and youth with speech, language and communication delay disorders.
Speech-Language Pathology is dedicated to assisting each child to achieve their maximum potential in communication skills.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorder Assistants can help if your child displays difficulty with any of the following;
- Understanding or using vocabulary or grammar
- Following directions
- Using language purposely: greeting others, naming items, asking questions etc.
- Pre-language and interaction skills such as taking turns, imitating actions and sounds
- Limited speech or difficult to understand through articulate or sound production
- Smoothness of speech: stuttering, hoarse, breathy or nasal voice quality
- Feeding and swallowing
Speech-Language Pathology Services Include:
Speech-Language Pathology services include assessment, treatment and consultation to children, youth and their families through direct individual and group therapy sessions.
Consultation and training workshops are offered for parents, caregivers, child care staff and teachers. Our home programs provide support to parents and caregivers as they assist their child’s goals in an everyday environment.
Children from birth to the end of Junior Kindergarten who resides within the Districts of Muskoka, Nipissing, Timiskaming and Parry Sound with a physical, developmental or communication disability.
Children who have graduated from Junior Kindergarten are eligible for School Based Rehabilitation Therapy up to the age of 19 years.
Referrals can be made by a parent, caregiver, family physician, pediatricians and/or other third party referrals with parental consent:
Receptive and Expressive Language:
Help Your Child Learn More Than One Language / L’apprentissage de plus d’une langue
This handout provides information on learning more than one language. (Appropriate for all ages)
Help Your Child Develop Early Language / Développez le langage de votre jeune enfant
This handout will provide strategies to support language development in babies and toddlers. (Appropriate for babies and toddlers)
Help Your Preschooler Develop Language / Développez le langage de votre enfant préscolaire
This handout will provide strategies to support language development in 3-5 year old children. (Appropriate for preschoolers)
Using Songs to Promote Language / Encouragez le langage avec les chansons
This handout will give you ideas on how to use songs to promote language throughout your day, from infancy through the school years (Appropriate for all ages)
Using Play to Promote Language / Encourager le langage avec des jeux
Play is the foundation for children’s learning. This handout will give you ideas on how to incorporate play throughout your day to help them build a solid foundation in their communication skills (Appropriate for all ages)
When Communication Causes Frustration / Quand les problems de communication sont source de frustration
This handout provides tips that will help you support your child to communicate with others and deal with frustration successfully. (Appropriate for all ages)
Eastern Ontario Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario
This website provides videos, information and tips from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit on Speech and Language developmental milestones for children ages 0-5 years
Speech and Language Milestones
Children begin communicating with the world around them from the moment they are born. Approximately one in 10 children with difficulties have a speech or language challenge. You can learn more about what milestones you should be looking for your child to reach at each stage in their development.
6 Months Old
9 Months Old
12 Months Old
18 Months Old
24 Months Old
30 Months Old
3 Years Old
4 Years Old
5 Years Old
Speech Sound Development / Développement des sons de la parole
Speech sounds develop gradually from birth to a child’s seventh or eighth year. This handout goes over the typical age of acquisition of speech sounds. (Appropriate for all ages)
Help Your Child Who Stutters / Comment aider un enfant qui bégaie
This handout provides information on stuttering and tips on supporting a child who stutters. (Appropriate for all ages)
Help Your Child Develop Social Communication Skills / Aider votre enfant à développer la communication sociale
This handout provides information and a link to an online learning tool to support parents in learning strategies to help develop their child’s social communication skills. (Appropriate for all ages)
First Word Project
This website looks at Early Social Communication Milestones in children up to 16 months:
Using Reading to Promote Language Development/ Promouvoir le langage par la lecture
This handout offers tips on how to foster an early love of reading, and will provide ideas on how to use books to promote language development, from infancy through the preschool years.
Early Literacy Skills
These documents provide information on the importance of early literacy skills, as well as tips on promoting literacy from ages 0-4 years.
0-12 Month Old
12-24 Month Old
Two-Three Year Old
Four Year Old
E-Learning – Child Development Programs
This Website offers e-learning courses to support parents with a variety of speech and language topics for preschoolers.