We offer help to children from birth to Kindergarten entry, who struggle to communicate.
You’ve come to the right place if your child:
- Is over the age of 18 months and isn’t saying many words.
- Is over the age of 3 years and isn’t talking in sentences.
- Has difficulty following instructions, answering questions, or understanding conversations.
- Is difficult to understand when they speak.
- Seems to be stuttering.
- Has difficulty with social language or relating to other people.
- Has a delay or disorder that can affect speech and language development (such as Down syndrome, seizures, autism, hearing impairment, or other developmental delays.)
The Speech-Language program has staff who are fully qualified Speech-Language Pathologists (S-LP for short). S-LPs in BC must have a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. We are also certified to practice by our National Association (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada – S.A.C.) and are registered with our Provincial College (College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC – CSHHPBC).
When we first meet you and your child, we will spend some time getting to know your child’s strengths and needs. You will then have access to a variety of service delivery options, depending on your child’s needs and severity. We provide coaching and home-programs for families, support for communication at preschool, direct group intervention and direct individual intervention. Children who are making gains on their own but are considered “at risk” for communication difficulties, are often seen for check-ups every few months.
Depending on your child’s needs, your schedule, and other programs involved, we can work with your child here at NONA, in your home or in their childcare setting. We also work together with other professionals and team members at NONA, and in the community. We aim to work together with families as much as possible, and we strongly encourage you to be involved in your child’s program. The more involved you can be, the better your child’s progress will be. It is also important to realize that learning communication skills is a process that takes time, so your child may need to be involved with our services for extended periods of time. The kind of service delivery your child receives may change as your child grows and develops.
The Speech-Language program is in great demand, so we have a waiting list for direct individual therapy that is over a year long. We will make every effort to provide your child with home-programming and group intervention if you are waiting for individual services. We also share a Vernon Waitlist with the S-LPs at the North Okanagan Health Centre, so your child will have access to those programs and services as well.