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Speech-Language Therapy Toronto
Speech Language Therapy can be a confusing term to many people. What is it that we do as a profession and what do we call ourselves? Are we a Speech Language Therapist, Speech Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist or Communication Specialist?
WHO ARE WE AND WHAT ARE WE CALLED?
The easy answer is that all these terms mean exactly the same thing and the terms can be used interchangeably. Speech Therapist, Speech Language Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Pathologist, Communication Specialist; all mean the same thing and refer to a professional who specializes in speech therapy services.For simplicity, in our site we use either: Speech Therapist and/or Speech Pathologist, but more commonly we will use the term Speech Therapist.
WHAT DO WE DO?
A Speech Therapist or Speech Pathologist help people with a communication and/or swallowing disorder. Communication disorders can include difficulties with: speaking, reading, writing, understanding and/or socializing. Children and/or adults can have difficulties in these areas, and here at Simone Friedman SLS, we have Speech Therapists with years of experience helping people of all age ranges at our clinic and/or in the community in Toronto and across the GTA.
Many children in Toronto who can’t pronounce certain sounds or are not speaking in full sentences come in to see us. Some parents bring in their child for private speech therapy services because they are finding that they cannot pronounce the /r/, /s/ or /l/ correctly. For other children, they leave the endings off words or cannot make “tip of the tongue” sounds such as /t/, /d/, /l/,/n/ etc. Sometimes parents are worried that their child can’t follow directions (e.g., pick up the ball) or they can understand but can only say a few words or are not putting words together to make sentences. There is a wide range of learning disabilities that a child may experience, but with the help of our dedicated team of Speech Therapists in Toronto, together we can improve language and social skills to help your child overcome their difficulties.
In addition to children ages 0-5 years, we also see many other children who are struggling in school with learning disabilities. Sometimes they are having difficulty learning how to read. Or as they progress in the grades, they can decode the letters, but seem to have difficulty understanding all the information in the text book, writing essays, following along in class or giving presentations. Often, parents complain that their children are disorganized and can’t seem to remember their homework or make a plan to get their work done. Parents will often share that their children have a difficult time making friends and have social anxiety because they don’t know how to start up or continue a conversation. Speech therapy sessions can help your children gain the confidence they need to excel in school and overcome social obstacles to live happy, healthy lives.
A large portion of our practice helps children and adults to correct a tongue thrust swallow and/or a low resting tongue posture. Usually, parents or adults are getting braces to produce a beautiful smile and their orthodontist informs them that they are pushing their tongue against their teeth at rest and during a swallow and that is what is creating their teeth to be misaligned. As such, they come to us either before they get braces or during to correct their swallow so that when the braces come off their teeth will stay in alignment. While braces and orthodontic work can affect regular speech patterns and tongue movements, speech therapy services can help your child overcome these temporary difficulties.
Adults and children often come to us after an injury (Traumatic Brain Injury or Stroke) or to help them with their voice or stuttering. Many receive help for public speaking and accent reduction.A very large percentage of our practice in Toronto involves working with adults who have either had a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Concussion and have CognitiveCommunication Difficulties. We see them in our clinic and/or in their community (i.e., homes or workplaces) have helped the through the benefits of our speech therapy in Toronto and/or the GTA.
Many of our clients who have had Strokes and have Aphasia find it a welcome distraction to come to our clinic in Toronto as it gets them out of the house and interacting with people in a welcoming and warm environment. Aside from Stroke and TBI we often work with singers or actors with voice related difficulties. One of our senior Speech Language Pathologists is also a professional singer and as such has many years of experience working on voice efficiency professionally and personally.
All the areas that we treat have not been listed here. Please check out our services page for a comprehensive list of our speech therapy services offered in Toronto by our trusted Speech Therapist’s and/or Speech Pathologists.
Occupational Therapy Toronto
Occupational Therapy at Simone Friedman SLS involves the assessment and treatment of individuals of all age ranges.
For children, the focus is on developing skills. Many parents notice that their children have a difficult time holding a crayon, buttoning up or zipping up their jackets. The Occupational Therapist’s at Simone Friedman SLS see this often and begin to work on the child’s fine motor skills involving the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as handwriting, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing.
Other times, parents bring their children in to work on Activities of Daily Living (ADL): Activities we all do to take care of our self and our body on an everyday basis. ADL activities include children feeding themselves, going to the toilet and/or getting dressed. These are skills that children generally need to have before entering nursery programs or JK. Occupational Therapists at Simone Friedman SLS will help to prepare your children for camp or school programs and help them to independent with these skills.
Sometimes parents bring their children in for big movements called Gross Motor. Gross motor refers to larger movements that are driven mostly by the larger muscles groups of the body. Movements of the whole arm, the legs, the trunk, are all gross motor movements. Thus, gross motor skills are skills that develop through using the large muscles of the body in a coordinated and controlled way (i.e. running, jumping, climbing, sports, etc.). Occupational Therapy sessions at Simone Friedman SLS can focus on coordination, motor planning, balance, strength etc.
At Simone Friedman SLS our Occupational Therapist’s see many children that have difficulty with change, loud noises, texture on clothing or food etc. For these children we help them with their Sensory processing (sometimes called “sensory integration” or SI) and/or Self-Regulation. “SI” is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioural responses. Self-regulation refers to the individuals ability to control one’s impulses, both to stop doing something, if needed (even if one wants to continue doing it) and to start doing something, if needed (even if one doesn’t want to do it).
Please have a look at our services page for more information on paediatric Occupational Therapy Services at Simone Friedman SLS
Aside from our paediatric practice, a large portion of our work is with adults who have been injured from a Motor Vehicle Accident, from falling and/or an organic neurological injury such as a Stroke. For our adults, we need to assess their attendant care needs, complete work-place and/or home modification assessments. Often, we work with adults to teach them compensatory techniques to help the with self-care activities (e.g., putting on socks, bathing etc) and/or activities of daily living (e.g., laundry, house maintenance, driving or taking public transport).
A large portion of our Occupational Therapy practice at Simone Friedman SLS deals with Ergonomic assessments. We are happy to come to your office and design a work station that will put your body in the correct position to allow for a pain-free work environment. All the areas that we treat have not been listed here.
Please check out our services page for a comprehensive list of our adult Occupational Therapy services and information about each area.