Markham Stoufville Hospital Child Development Programs

Resources – Speech & Language

Introduction

Some helpful resources so that you can become familiar with our program, services and how we work together with families.

VIDEO: York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program (YRPSLP)

Megan Rubenstein, Clinical Manager, introduces the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program. She highlights the types of services provided by the program, and shares that that parents can refer their children without a doctor’s referral by calling 1-888-703- KIDS (5437).

York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program–Road Map

A general overview of what to expect from the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program.

VIDEO: Who are CDA’s and SLP’s?

At the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program, Communicative Disorders Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists work in collaboration to support you and your child. In this clip, Jena and Premila talk about who these professionals are and how they work together. To make a referral to this program, please call: 1-877-703-KIDS (5437).

Did you know Audiologists & Speech-Language Pathologists are Regulated?  Click here to view the CASLPO brochure (available in 8 languages).

VIDEO: Parent Engagement

Osy, a Speech-Language Pathologist, explains the important role of caregiver and parent-engagement in all of the intervention programs in the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program. The partnership between the family and the clinical team is essential in helping the children in the program to reach their communication potential.

VIDEO: What to Expect at Your Child’s Communication Assessment

Take a few moments to watch Jason, Speech-Language Pathologist, who will explain how you can prepare for your child’s communication assessment session, as well as what to expect during that visit. We know that this can be a challenging time for parents and caregivers and hope that this information is helpful!

Articulation

Resources in the section are about your child’s ability to pronounce speech sounds and coordinate their speech movements in order for others to understand what they are saying.

VIDEO: Speech Sound Delays and Disorders

Is your child’s speech difficult to understand? In this clip, Natalie will tell you about the different types of speech sound disorders and delays that may impact the clarity of a child’s speech. A Speech-Language Pathologist can assess the types of errors your child is making, and suggest an intervention plan to help! If you live in York Region are concerned with the clarity of your preschooler’s speech, please call 1-888-703 KIDS (5437) to make a referral to the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program.

Multilingualism

It’s important to build a strong foundation for your child in your home language. These resources support you in using your first language with your child.

VIDEO: Winston & Janet – Multilingual Home

Winston and Janet speak about how they have been able to use the strategies learned in therapy sessions to encourage both English, and Cantonese-learning in their home. Supporting the development of the home-language is important for many families, and to Child Development Programs!

For more information, please watch Gigi’s video, Growing Up Multilingual.

VIDEO: Growing up Multilingual

Many children are exposed to more than one language in their early years. Gigi, a Speech-Language Pathologist with the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program, shares some insights and tips on how to support a child’s language development in a multilingual home.

Literacy

It’s never too early to introduce books to your child. This section has resources that highlight the importance of reading and some fun activities for you to share at home.

Play/Social

Here you will find resources to help your child communicate and connect with others through greetings, taking turns, play and sharing their interests.

VIDEO: Seema and Jamie – Play and Communication

Cars, peek-a-boo and tea sets! Kids love to play. In this clip, Seema and Jamie will tell you a little bit about why play has such an important role in our assessments and therapy programs. To learn more about play, please explore our e-learning program, ‘The Power of Play’; to make a referral to the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program, please call 1-877-703-KIDS (5437).

VIDEO: What is Social Communication?

Take a trip to the local coffee shop with Lanni, who will introduce you to the world of social communication. Whether we use pictures, signs, written, or spoken words, social communication is the constant in our interactions, and plays an important role in how we build relationships. If you live in York Region are concerned with your toddler or preschooler’s social communication, please call 1-888-703 KIDS (5437) to make a referral to the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program.

ABA Terminology Explained

ABA Terminology Explained

Stuttering

In this section, excellent resources for parents and teachers from the most reputable websites help to explain what stuttering is, when to be concerned and how to help the child by offering useful strategies.

VIDEO: Does Your Preschooler Stutter? (Part 1 of 2)

Are you concerned that your child might be stuttering? In this introductory video, Marlene describes different types of stuttering behaviour and also talks about when it develops and when to seek help. This is part 1 of a 2-part series.

If you live in York Region and are concerned that your child is stuttering, please call 1-888-703-KIDS (5437) to make a referral.

VIDEO: Does Your Preschooler Stutter? (Part 2 of 2)

Are you looking for ways to support your child who is stuttering? In this video, Marlene shares many practical tips and suggestions that you can use every day to help your child become more fluent. This is part 2 of a 2-part series.

If you live in York Region and are concerned that your child is stuttering, please call 1-888-703-KIDS (5437) to make a referral.

VIDEO: What causes Preschool Stuttering?

Join Marlene as she shares some information about the many factors behind ‘why’ your child might be stuttering.

If you live in York Region and are concerned that your child is stuttering, please call 1-888-703-KIDS (5437) to make a referral.

In Britain, stuttering is referred to as stammering. This excellent website has resources for parents, older children, teachers and clinicians.

The Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania has many excellent resources for parents and caregivers.

VIDEO – Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents

An excellent 30 minute video for parents, with examples of children stuttering, parent experiences and strategies from experts.

Please note: This video has some therapy options that are different from those offered by the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program. Nevertheless, the principles remain relevant to parents in York Region.

VIDEO – 7 Tips for Talking with the Child Who Stutters

Published on Aug 23, 2013

In the video, a group of speech-language experts talk compassionately and directly to adults about how to promote easier talking as they interact with their preschool-age children. The professionals offer simple, easy-to-do tips that parents can begin to use immediately.

The video features some of the world’s leading hands-on therapists working with preschool children who stutter. They include Lisa A. Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, of The Florida State University’s School of Communication Science and Disorders; Ellen Kelly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; speech-language consultants Frances Cook, MBE, MSc, MRCSLT (Hons), Cert CT (Oxford), Willie Botterill, MSc, MRCSLT, Cert CT and Elaine Kelman, MSc, MRCSLT, Cert CBT from the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London.

Voice

Resources in this section explain when to seek support if your child’s voice seems husky, hoarse or “stuffy” and some strategies you can start with at home.

VIDEO – Becka’s Hoarse Voice

Did you know that kids don’t only get a hoarse voice from yelling?  Colds, allergies and asthma can also lead to a hoarse-sounding voice.  What does that sound like?  Have a listen to this little one: