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Speech Therapy

1to1 has a strong background in speech therapy starting with Stephanie Hayes, the company founder and CEO, an industry-renowned Speech Language Pathologist with more than 30 years’ experience.

1to1’s Speech Language Pathologists treat communication and swallowing disorders for people of all ages. Therapy is offered for speech issues (articulation, fluency, voice), oral motor skills, language communication interaction, cognitive communication, (memory, organizational skills, problem solving) dysphagia (feeding and swallowing disorders) and other speech/language related disorders.

Where can I get help from a 1to1 Therapist?

1to1 Therapy Speech Therapists are available throughout the GTA. No referral is needed and visits can take place either at our clinic, in home or in a variety of community settings.

Who are 1to1’s Speech Language Pathologists?

1to1’s therapists are well trained and experienced in a wide variety of skills. Our therapists are capable of providing support in 21 languages in order to meet the diverse needs of our clients.

Speech Language Pathology is an evolving field and our therapists are always seeking new credentials, experience and training to be able to provide therapy of the highest caliber. Some of their training and experience include:

  • ABI (Acquired Brain Injury)
  • ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • HANEN – More Than Words
  • HANEN – Takes Two to Talk
  • LIDCOMBE
  • PROMPT

What is a Speech Therapist?

  • A professional with a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. They are trained in typical speech/language development and speech/language delays and disorders.
  • Trained to complete standardized and informal speech/language assessments.
  • Trained to develop/deliver evidence-based intervention plans through direct intervention and consultation with parents, professionals, classroom and resource teachers.

What is a Speech Language Associate (SLA)?

  • A professional with a university degree who has completed additional training as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) from a specialized post-secondary course. SLAs are valuable members of the speech language team who are trained to carry out speech, language and communication therapy.
  • Supervised by Speech Language Pathologists in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act in Ontario.

Why is Speech Therapy Important?

  • Early intervention is optimal for the remediation of a speech or language delay.
  • Children in elementary school will not “grow out” of a language, articulation or fluency disorder without intervention.
  • By junior/ senior kindergarten children’s speech should be understood by unfamiliar adults greater than 90% of the time.
  • Literacy development relies on phonemic and phonological awareness, which is facilitated by sound awareness.
  • Children are at risk of being teased and self-esteem issues which may affect social and academic participation.
  • Assessment of Dysphagia (Swallowing difficulties) that may be silent
  • Concerns with prolonged meal times which may be caused by delayed or slow swallowing

What are the Advantages of Speech Therapy?

  • Remediation of a language, articulation, voice or fluency impairment, which can have a lifelong social, academic and vocational impact on the student
  • Increased confidence, self-awareness and participation
  • Individualized treatment programs provided via direct instruction to students
  • Comprehensive speech and language assessments
  • Assessment reports that will reveal strengths and weaknesses in speech, language and literacy
  • Consultation with the classroom and resource teachers
  • Speech and language goals incorporated into the curriculum
  • Development of expressive and receptive language and literacy skills
  • Assess concerns with couching or choking while eating
  • Decrease or eliminate pain while swallowing
  • Assess concerns with pocketing of food in cheeks or under tongue
  • Consultation for multiple swallows for each bite of food or drink