A speech-language pathologist (SLP) will assess your child’s communication skills. SLPs are trained health care professionals who can assess, identify, and treat difficulties with:
Includes understanding of language, such as following instruction, understanding concepts and/or processing information. Includes using language, such as appropriate grammar, vocabulary and word order.
Includes ability to use communication for social reasons (e.g., greeting, commenting) both verbally and non-verbally.
Includes skills that emerge before reading, such as rhyming and clapping out syllables, retelling stories and providing simple narratives.
Includes making sounds that combine to form syllables, words and sentences.
Includes the smoothness, rate, effort and continuity of speaking.
Includes changes to how one sounds, which could be due to injury or misuse (e.g., yelling).
During the assessment, the SLP will ask you questions about your child’s communication, speech and language skills. The SLP will assess your child’s communication skills using age appropriate toys, books, familiar objects and other items. At the end of the assessment the SLP will tell you whether your child needs services, and will make suggestions for moving forward.
One parent or caregiver must be with your child during the assessment. If you have other children, please make child care arrangements as siblings are not permitted to join the assessment.
Hearing problems may affect your child’s speech and language development.
Your family physician or your SLP may suggest that your child may need to have their hearing checked by an audiologist.
Audiology services are available in most communities. These services are separate from Wee Talk and may be available on a fee-for-service basis or publically funded for eligible children.
If the SLP recommends therapy for your child, the SLP will recommend one of the following therapy programs. You will need to complete a parent and caregiver orientation program before beginning services:
View a list here. For more information about hearing click here.
Parents are coached by the SLP with strategies to support their child with communication difficulties in their typical environments, such as at home. At the end of sessions, your child will be re-assessed by an SLP, who will determine if your child requires additional services.
The SLP will use activities with a small group of children to work on communication skills. Your child’s individual needs will be supported within the group setting. Caregivers are active participants in therapy. Research shows small group therapy can be effective in treating certain communication difficulties.
Group therapy often runs in a cycle. At the end of the group cycle, your child will be re-assessed by an SLP, who will determine if additional support and services are needed.
Individual therapy is one-to-one speech and language therapy with your child and the SLP. Caregivers attend the sessions and are active participants in their child’s skill development.
Transition to school
If your child is receiving Wee Talk services when they are ready to start school, Wee Talk will help with the transition. With your consent, Wee Talk will communicate with your child’s school about your child’s speech and language needs and goals.
The school boards in Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph include:
All three school boards provide school-based speech-language pathology services.