No two people are the same and no two therapy sessions are the same either. I always start by taking the time to get to know you or your child, as I believe this is very important. I then design goals that are specific to you, your child, your family and your situation. Following this, I plan the activities in which we will focus on your goals. With adults, I pick activities that follow your interests and are relevant to your work. With children, I choose games that I know your child loves or I follow them in the moment in whatever activity they find exciting.
FAMILY-CENTERED THERAPY FOR KIDS
A speech-language pathologist is the professional when it comes to speech and language, but I strongly believe that you are the professionals when it comes to your child. My philosophy is that parents and significant family members play a crucial role in the successful development of a child. I consequently like to work together as a team. The team often includes other professionals and your child’s school or daycare, however, I believe that parents should also be active members of this team.
THERAPY SHOULD BE FUN
I believe that both children and adults learn best when they are motivated and having fun. At Wonderwords, you’ll find that creative activities and silly toys keep therapy sessions flexible and fun. Parents often comment on how easily I jump in and follow their child’s ideas, energy, or activities. Therapy doesn’t always need to occur at a table – it can also happen on the living room floor, in the kitchen, in the backyard, anywhere!
I believe in the importance of continuing education and have training in the following advanced techniques:
- Hanen Program: It Takes Two to Talk – for children with language delays
- Lidcombe Program – for children who stutter
- PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) – for children with speech production disorders
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- SKI-HI (Sensory-Impaired Kids Home Intervention) – for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
I also maintain the highest level of credentials in Canada. In addition to a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, I am certified with the College of Speech & Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHHPBC), the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists (CASLPA) and the BC Association of Speech/Language Pathologists & Audiologists (BCASLPA).