Resources / Getting Started

Welcome to the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program! Thank you for referring your child for a speech and language assessment. We are looking forward to working with you and your child. Now, let’s get started!

Please note: the current wait time for a speech and language assessment is up to 10 months.

Being the Bridge: Building Language While You Wait (for Parents of Newborn Children – 2 1/2 years of age)

This e-learning course was created to provide parents with information on the role of attachment and routines in language development, insight into how communication develops from birth, as well as practical strategies to promote your child’s understanding and use of language at home.

Comme parent, vous êtes le pont

Cet outil interactif offre de l’information aux parents concernant le développement de la communication de la naissance à l’âge de 2 ans ½. Vous apprendrez à propos du rôle que jouent l’attachement et les routines dans le développement du langage. Des stratégies pour faciliter la compréhension et l’expression du langage de votre enfant à la maison sont proposées.

Best Beginnings: A Parent e-Guide for Promoting the Social-Emotional Development of Children (newborn – 6 years of age)

This e-guide was developed by York Region’s Best Start Network to provide parents in Ontario with information and tips to understand and promote their children’s social and emotional development from birth to Grade One.

Let’s Talk! Tips for Building Your Child’s Speech and Language Skills

This video series tool was developed by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to help parents support and strengthen their children’s developing communication skills. The series, available in English and French, demonstrates some of the communication milestones children should be reaching from infancy through age 5. It also offers tips and strategies on how parents can help develop their child’s speech and language skills during this important period.

Parent Engagement

The partnership between the family and the clinical team is essential in helping children in the program to reach their potential. Learn more about the importance of this relationship and hear from some of our parents as they share their perspectives about their involvement.

Welcome Letter

YRPSLP Welcome Letter

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!

The Power of Play: Creating Opportunities for Speech & Language Development for Parents of Preschoolers (ages 2 1/2 – 4)

This e-learning course was created to provide parents with information on how play skills and peer interaction skills develop, the link between pretend play, cognitive, and language development, and practical strategies for promoting your child’s understanding and use of language within playful activities at home.