If the assessment identifies a delay or disorder, the Speech-Language Pathologist will develop a treatment plan with goals that are specific to the child's level of need. The actual type of service and the method of delivery are also determined by the child's level of need and the family/caregiver's practical requirements. This may include:
Workshops led by Preschool Speech and Language Program staff provide parents/caregivers with practical ways to help their children learn new skills.
Consultation services may be offered in community settings and/or by telephone to provide parents/caregivers with language stimulation strategies or suggestions that can be used in daily situations.
Speech-Language Pathologists may develop a program that can be carried out by the family in the home, over several months.
Speech-Language Pathologists may train and supervise an individual to follow through with a treatment plan.
Group or individual therapy sessions may be provided. Whenever possible, children are grouped with others who will benefit from a similar approach.
Some children may only require minimal intervention. The Preschool Speech and Language Program will follow the child's progress to determine the need for further support.
With parental permission, the Preschool Speech and Language Program will share information about the child's ongoing service needs with the School Board, prior to the child starting school.
The Preschool Speech and Language Program provides a series of workshops and seminars designed to meet the needs of both parents and professionals seeking detailed information regarding speech and language development.
Getting Started with Communication
This series includes a comprehensive half-day workshop for professionals with emphasis on: speech and language milestones, red flags, referrals, home language preservation, second language acquisition, and use of language stimulation strategies to support at risk children in the home, childcare, and resource center environments. The series also provides an overview of similar subject material in an informal one-hour parent 'coffee chat' format. The workshops are currently free of charge and available upon request.