Pillars of Wellness

Speech Therapy in Burlington

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What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy at our Burlington-based clinic can help you communicate more easily and feel confident with reading, writing, and speaking.

Speech-language pathologists work in partnership with other qualified practitioners. They have the knowledge and expertise to identify and treat children and adults.

Speech-language pathologists can address issues with communication, swallowing, and reading and writing delays. They can also assess and manage individuals who may require alternative and augmentative communication systems.

What Goals Can Speech Therapy Help Achieve?

  • Improved overall communication at work and at school
  • A holistic healing plan after complex injuries
  • Improved swallowing
  • More confidence and reduced anxiety

What to Expect on Your First Visit?

In preparation for your first speech therapy session at our Burlington-based clinic, we offer a free 15-minute consultation to help determine the best course of treatment. This is a more informal opportunity for you to express any concerns and ask any questions about speech therapy.

The speech therapist will look at the following factors to decide how to proceed with further sessions:

  • Attention and listening
  • Understanding of language
  • Expressive language
  • Speech
  • Play skills
  • Social skills

Each client will receive their own customized approach, built around their unique goals and challenges.

We don’t believe in “cookie-cutter” approaches. Each client at Pillars of Wellness is unique, and that’s why we aim to take the time and effort to get to know you and what you’re going through — helping you feel better while experiencing the most effective treatment possible.

What Conditions Can Speech Therapy Help Treat?

Our speech therapists are responsible for assessments, treatment, and consultation services to address the following:

  • Swallowing disorders
  • Language delays and disorders including apraxia, dysarthria, articulation/phonology, and motor speech impairment not otherwise specified
  • Communication disorders related to autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, stroke, brain injuries, cognitive disorders, hearing impairment, and progressive neurological diseases
  • Literacy
  • Voice and resonance disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Alternative and augmentative communication needs
  • Psychogenic communication
  • Structural anomalies of the speech and voice mechanism
  • Dysphagia

Why Choose Pillars of Wellness in Burlington?

  • Quick appointments
  • Flexible hours
  • We can see clients at the clinic or in in-home
  • Quality assessment for all ages
  • Reliable and expert speech therapists
  • Spacious and comfortable roomsv
  • High degree of partnership and collaboration among practitioners
  • Commitment to excellence

All our services are under one roof. To maximize recovery, the client may need an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist which are available at Pillars of Wellness.

Before Your Visit: Frequently Asked Questions

1

At what point should I be concerned about my child’s communication?

This depends on your child’s age and what they are able to express. For example, a young child (9 months) might be showing early signs of a hearing loss or language disorder if they don’t respond to sounds, their name, show comprehension of simple words, or point to call attention to interesting objects.

To help determine how your child’s communication skills are developing, follow these guiding benchmarks. Remember that every child is different and that only a professional can diagnose a speech disorder.

First words: 12-15 months Frequent two-word combinations: 21-24 months Frequent three-word combinations: 36 months Intelligible speech in conversation 90% of the time: 4 years Grammatically complete sentences most of the time: kindergarten age

2

What can I do at home to assist my child’s speech development?

First, try your best to understand your child’s current communication level. Are they preverbal? Do they communicate with single words, or do they use phrases and sentences? This can help you understand what to model at home.

To encourage your child to speak, avoid overusing questions — this can make them feel pressured and anxious. Instead, comment about events as they are unfolding. Encourage taking turns when speaking, and try to avoid speaking rapidly or taking lengthy talking turns. Praise any of their efforts to communicate, including gestures, pointing, gaze, and verbal attempts.

3

How long will speech therapy take before my child catches up to their peers?

This is different for everyone based on many factors like severity of the disorder, student co-operation, motivation, and readiness to learn.

Generally, children with difficulty understanding language (receptive language problems) tend to require longer courses of treatment, as do children with underlying neurocognitive impairments such as autism.

4

How many times per week should my child have speech therapy?

It’s different for everyone, but most children come in once or twice a week whether or not they’re also doing speech therapy at school. The frequency will depend on the severity of the disorder, or what type of intervention program is recommended. Occasionally, a more intensive schedule might be necessary.

5

How long does it take to get an appointment? Is there a waiting list?

This depends on the month, but we can usually see a client within two weeks or sometimes less.

Prices

Free 15 min consultation

Speech Therapy Assessment (60 min) = $135

Follow-up session (60 min) = $135

Payment Options - Cash, Credit or Debit Accepted

Auto Insurance: If you have an illness or injury from a motor vehicle accident, health services may be covered under your auto insurance plan.

Extended Health Benefits: If you are receiving long-term disability income from an insurance program, your program may cover various health services, or you might have a work benefits package which covers a portion of the health services.

Private Services: At Pillars of Wellness we offer competitive rates within the standards of our regulatory colleges. We accept payment through cash, credit, or debit. Please contact us for more details related to service fees.