speech therapy – children

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preschool and school age speech and language therapy

Preschool and school age speech and language therapy is ideal for any child who struggles to use words, produce clear speech, follow instructions in the classroom, share their ideas or has challenges with the social aspects of language. Perhaps a teacher has expressed concern that your child could have a problem with their speech or language skills. Or perhaps you have noticed some difficulties yourself. If you have concerns, it is best to check with a professional. A certified Speech – Language therapist will answer your questions, help you understand if your child’s communication skills are behind and if they would benefit from an evaluation.

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Packages and Pricing

Speech and language services for children

Pediatric Speech Assessment

Ideal for children having trouble being understood by others, such as their teachers, friends or unfamiliar adults.

  • Case history
  • 1 x 60 minute appointment
  • Speech sound analysis
  • Oral motor evaluation
  • Speech sample
  • Assessment Report
  • Review of findings

On completion of your child’s assessment, you will be clear which specific speech sounds your child is struggling with and which ones interfere the most. You will receive a recommended customized therapy plan based specifically on your child’s needs.

Your Investment: $295

Speech Therapy and language services for children

Pediatric Language Assessment

Ideal for children who are struggling with their communication, having trouble either following verbal information or expressing their thoughts.

  • Case history
  • 3 x 45 minute appointments
  • Formal language testing
  • Parent Interview / Questionnaire
  • Data Analysis
  • Assessment Report
  • Review of findings

On completion of your child’s assessment, you will be clear on your child’s language skills, relative to what is expected at their age, their strengths and weaknesses, and which specific skills are a priority. You will receive a recommended customized therapy plan designed specifically to support your child’s language development and academic success.

Your Investment: $775

Speech Therapy and language services for children

Therapy

Your child is ready for preschool and school age speech and language therapy once they have had an assessment either with Cytryn Speech or another certified therapist.

I work closely with your child teaching new speech-language skills and, I train you as the parent, on how to support and enhance your child’s progress.

Therapy sessions are offered in comprehensive 8 session packages.

  • Session planning
  • Homework exercises
  • Ongoing evaluation
  • Brief phone calls and emails

Your Investment: 30-minute sessions $880,  45-minute sessions $1,200

Any additional services, including but not limited to: meetings, conferences, classroom observation or consultation, and progress reports are available at a rate of $150 per hour.

FAQ

At what age should I seek help for my child? Will my child outgrow the problem?

As a firm believer in early intervention, it is never too early to seek advice if you feel there are signs of a speech or language delay. Although speech and language skills develop at different rates in each child, if you have concerns about your child’s communication skills, or if others are having trouble understanding them, it is best to schedule a consultation. Speech and language skills are essential to academic success and learning. Difficulties with the development of speech sounds can result in difficulties later with reading, spelling and overall learning skills. Early intervention—preschool speech therapy— is key to helping children develop strong communication skills.

Do you offer sessions in my home or at my child’s school?

I offer the option of working with individuals at their home or school on Vancouver’s North Shore. It is best to ask your school if they will accommodate such an arrangement. Travel fees apply.

Do you attend team meetings or observe my child in the classroom?

Yes, when required. Attendance at team meetings allows a mutual exchange of information between your private speech-language pathologist (SLP) and other professionals working with your child. Your child benefits when all practitioners are aware of each other’s goals, strategies and recommendations to support academic and social success. A classroom observation allows your private SLP to observe first hand how your child responds to the classroom routine, environment, peers and instructions, and also check in with the teacher about specific concerns. The observations are shared with the classroom teacher in the form of suggestions to boost your child’s success in the classroom. Meetings and classroom observations are usually scheduled outside of regular therapy appointments and are billed at an hourly rate. Travel fees apply.

Do I have to stay for my child’s session?

Parents are encouraged to stay for an assessment. If a parent is unable to attend then another family member or caregiver should attend. This will help put your child at ease and more easily allow us to exchange information. It is not necessary for parents to attend each therapy session in full. However, it is important to at least be present for the last 10-15 minutes of the session to review the week’s goals and homework. When staying for a session, parents are encouraged to turn off their phones and attend to the events of the session.

How many therapy sessions will my child need?

Length of therapy varies depending on factors such as: the specific speech or language problem, the nature and age of your child, pace of learning, and both quantity and quality of practice. Families typically notice some improvement after approximately eight sessions.

Do I need to practice what is taught in therapy at home with my child?

Quantity and quality of practice is needed to replace old speaking habits with new ones. Newly learned skills become more natural, comfortable and automatic when practiced. Practice is strongly recommended to consolidate and carry over new skills to daily routines. During our sessions I will review the skills and techniques to practice at home.

Can you work with my child if he is receiving speech therapy at school?

Yes. I am happy to liaise with any other professionals working with your child. Your child’s school may have policies regarding private therapists. It is best to let your school SLP know that you plan to work with a private SLP as well. We can discuss how to collaborate and address specific goals for the maximum benefit to your child.

How do I know if my child's speech-language skills are behind?

There are standards for developmental milestones. If it appears as though your child is behind what is expected for their age, it’s a good idea to book a consultation with a speech language pathologist. For reference you may look at the Standard For Developmental Milestones.

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Testimonials

  • Lisa's approach to children is effective and productive. Our 4-year-old son's ability and interest in communication vastly improved since we started working with Lisa. Her creativity in engaging children and keeping them interested became even more evident during the Coronavirus pandemic when our sessions became online. She is knowledgeable, professional, diligent and result oriented. Her positive and confident energy brightens up our sessions. We are grateful to have Lisa as part of our team on this journey.

    Faye H.
  • Lisa is fantastic! She has gone over and beyond with our son, trying different techniques to see what worked best with him. Lisa was patient and attended to his needs with care. Before therapy it was difficult for others to understand my son, but now others understand him easily. I would recommend Lisa to anyone looking for a speech pathologist.

    Jennifer Bayley
  • Ever since we started speech therapy with Lisa my son has improved in the ability to understand and express thoughts, ideas and feelings. She gives us strategies to deal with obstacles more effectively and has helped my son to increase his ability to problem-solve in an independent environment and improved his communication skills. Lisa is professional, patient and kind.

    Mojgan Shams
  • I was very surprised to see how quickly we saw positive results in my son's speech sounds after weekly sessions with Lisa. She was thoughtful and intuitive and very good at keeping him engaged throughout the sessions, making it a very positive and successful experience.

    Christine Montgomery
  • Our son Alex was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech at age three, and has been working with Lisa for the past 5 years. When he started working with Lisa it was extremely difficult for others to understand what he was saying. Now Alex has the self confidence and tools to express his thoughts and feelings, and more than 80% of what he says is easily understood. Lisa is a very dedicated, knowledgeable and intuitive Speech Pathologist with a creative and engaging approach.

    Katharine Regan
  • During the time we have been working with Lisa we have noticed how much easier our daughter's words are to understand. Lisa's approach has been fun and encouraging while also setting a focused work environment. My daughter is progressing through different sounds and seeing success. Speech does not come naturally for all children, and Lisa has provided a safe space for my daughter to practice and see positive results.

    Darla Johnson
  • Lisa created an ideal learning environment for our 6 year old son, keeping him focused and calm. She went beyond our expectations using techniques and methods typically implemented by Behavior Consultants and Social Thinking Specialists. We are grateful for her unbelievable combination of knowledge and skills, and her ability to coach and provide us with feedback, as parents.

    Tatiana Plyasetskaya
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