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Speech Therapist

Speech-language pathologists or SLPs are involved in the prevention, identification, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)

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Here to support your family through the prevention, assessment, and treatment of communication challenges

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We Treat a Variety of Speech Language Areas Including

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Speech Sound Delays and Disorders

People can have challenges saying sounds clearly. A speech delay is when sounds are being acquired later than usual. A speech disorder is when the speech errors are atypical or unusual.

Language Skills

Language can be broken down into two parts: expressive language (use of words) and receptive language (understanding of words). Targeted skills include vocabulary, combining words, using proper grammar, understanding directions, answering questions, and much more.

Social Skills

Challenges with playing and socializing can be linked to autism spectrum disorder, however many children can benefit learning about social skills more explicitly. We use Social Thinking programs and concepts to improve conversational skills, turn taking, and cooperative playing.

Literacy

If your child is having difficulties learning to read, we can support them by targeting their phonological awareness skills.

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While speech therapists work directly with their clients and patients, they also provide counselling about communication and swallowing challenges, coach family members/caregivers, and create environmental supports.

In Speech Therapy a SLP will work with infants, children, and adults in a variety of settings. These settings include homes, hospitals, schools, community health centers, and long-term care facilities.

SLP Services We Offer

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Assessment

If your child is between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 4 years and 8 months, they may qualify for Program Unit Funding (PUF). This grant allows children to access services at their daycare or through a preschool program during the regular school year. We can complete the formal assessments needed to determine eligibility for these services.

At this time, formal assessment services are available only for children up to six years of age.

Treatment

If your child is on a waitlist for speech therapy services at your health unit or school, it can be beneficial to get started with private therapy. Has your child received a block of speech and language treatment at school but is not meeting their goals? You may consider a block of private therapy sessions to achieve these goals more quickly.

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Free Consultation

Not sure if your child needs speech therapy? We are happy to provide a complimentary consultation to discuss you or your child’s health needs and how we can help.

At Pine Cone Health we work with Parents

Parent Coaching

Parents and caregivers play a critical role in early intervention. We are here to provide judgement-free support to help you support your child’s speech and language development during the infant and toddler years.

Working with a variety of ages

Individualized Therapy

Registered SLPs assess and treat a variety of speech and language challenges. A speech pathologist will work directly with your child to target speech and language goals through fun activities and play.

Group SLP for children in Edmonton AB

Group Therapy

Speech and language groups are a great way to support the development of speech, language, and social skills. Groups provide a way for children to practice their skills with peers.

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Speech Language Therapy Can Help

Some of the Struggles We Can Help Your Child or Teen With:

Articulation/Phonology

Cognitive Communication Disorders

Aural Rehabilitation

Accent Reduction

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Children with Complex Physical Needs

Language Delay

Social Skills

Apraxia

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Fluency

Voice Disorders

Developmental Disabilities

Oral Motor Speech Delay/Disorder

Literacy

Resonance

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Meet Carly Axani

BSN, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

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Carly Axani

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech Therapy for Children, Adolescents, Teens & Adults

  • Speech Sounds
  • Orofacial Myology and Tongue Thrust
  • Fluency (i.e. Stuttering)
  • Early Language Acquisition and Expansion
  • Early Literacy Skills
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Learning and Study Skills
  • Receptive or Expressive Language Delay
  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication
  • Complex Communication Needs
  • Transgender Voice and Communication
Training and Certifications

  • Lidcombe Program Certification
  • Introduction to PROMPT: Technique
  • Tongue Thrust and Beyond- Myofunctional Therapy
  • Transgender Voice and Communication Training for Clinicians
  • Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing
  • Visualize and Verbalize for Language Comprehension
  • Seeing Stars-Symbol Imagery for Reading and Literacy
  • Touch Chat for Communication Devices
  • Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD)
  • Trauma Informed Care Certification
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Health Change Methodology Certification
  • Indigenous Awareness and Sensitivity Certification
  • Certified Clinical Educator with the University of Alberta Faculty of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Why did you choose Speech-Language Pathology?
My undergraduate degree is in nursing. And while I loved bedside nursing, I was hungry to further my education and find a career that would offer more professional autonomy and work-life balance as I planned to start a family. My oldest sister was a Speech-Language Pathologist, and I couldn’t believe that she got paid to play games and sing songs with kids all day, so instead of applying for a Masters program in Nursing, I applied to Speech-Language Pathology…and the rest is history!

What ages of clients do you treat?
I love to work with kids of all ages. I have extensive experience working with school-aged children, from kindergarten through grade 12, but I love working with babies and toddlers too!

Learn more about Carly
I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta in 2007 and worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Labor and Delivery and teaching prenatal classes to high-risk families. I love working with young families, so when I decided to further my education, Speech-Language Pathology seemed like a perfect fit! While working part-time as a Registered Nurse, I completed my Masters in Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011. I have worked in a variety of preschools, schools and communities with children aged 1-20 but my greatest lessons and experience come from being a mom to my 4 young children (ages 2, 3, 6 and 8).

It is my joy to work with families to establish and maintain goals that are functional and attainable. I love to find ways to make speech therapy fun and easy to incorporate into your busy life! Building connections with and helping families is my passion, and I am so grateful for the privilege of being a part of your communication journey.

Outside of work hours, you will find me outside with my kids and spending time together as a family. We love to swim, ride bikes, ski and go for nature walks. We are also Disney superfans, and can’t wait for Covid to be over so we can get back to the parks!

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How Do I Know if My Child Needs A Speech Therapist?

How Do I Know if My Child Needs Speech Therapy?

Children develop at their own rates and it can be difficult to detect if your infant or toddler has a speech or language problem. If you suspect a problem, consider booking an appointment with our speech pathologist. It is never too early to start working with a SLP as children under the age of two can be helped with speech and language development. Speech and language difficulties that are not treated can affect behavior, social interaction and future academic success. Early detection is extremely important!

Milestones for Children from Birth to Age 5:

* Credit to ASCLPA for the chart information

Milestones Warning Signs
Startled by loud noises Your baby does not react to sounds
Soothed by calm, gentle voices
Likes to cuddle and enjoys being held
Cries, gurgles, grunts, says “ah”
Sucks and swallows well

Milestones Warning Signs
Watches your face when you talk Your baby does not respond to your smiles and interactions
Tries to “talk” with you by cooing or babbling
Enjoys “talking” with you and smiles at you
Coos and squeals for attention
Has a special cry when hungry

Milestones Warning Signs
Understands some common words when
used with gestures, such as their name, “bye-bye”, “up” and “give me”
Your child does not babble or try to talk
Copies gestures (e.g., waving bye-bye) Your child has stopped babbling
Likes to cuddle and enjoys being held Your child has had several ear infections
Mimics different speech sounds, like “oh oh” and “wheee”
Babbles using a variety of different sounds, such as “bababa dididi upup bupbupbup

Milestones Warning Signs
Understands simple questions/statements such as “Where is your nose?” and “Give me” Your child does not talk at all
Nods “yes” and shakes head for “no” Your child does not interact with others
Points to show interest in something or to ask for something
Takes part in imaginative play, such as pretending to go to sleep or putting toy phone to ear
Babbles using a variety of sounds which, when put together, sound like real sentences
Says a few words, although they may not be clear

Milestones Warning Signs
Understands simple questions, such as “Where is mommy/daddy?” and “Where is your shoe?” Your child does not talk or uses more gestures than words
Understands simple directions (e.g., “Get your blanket”) Your child does not appear to understand simple directions.
Understands more words than he/she can say
Makes requests (e.g., food, toys)
Says some two-word sentences, such as “more juice,” “no night-night,” “daddy car”
Says “whatssat” a lot at about age two

Milestones Warning Signs
Answers simple questions, such as “What’s your name?” and “Which one is the big doll?” Your child shows frustration when trying to talk
Follows simple directions (e.g., “Put the teddy bear to bed”) Your child’s speech is difficult for you to understand
Puts a toy “in”, “on” and “under” when asked Your child does not yet put two words together
Has a word for almost everything Your child stutters
Uses two- to three-word “sentences” to talk about and ask for things (e.g., “That my truck”, “Puppy eat cookie”, “Doggy kiss me”)

Milestones Warning Signs
Understands questions about a picture story (e.g., “Where did the bunny go?”) Your child’s speech is difficult for strangers to understand
Follows two related directions such as “Close the book and give it to me” Your child has difficulty playing imaginary games with others
Gives directions (e.g., “Fix this for me”) Your child stutters
Uses a lot of sentences that have four or more words
Asks many questions, like “what”, “where” and “why”

Milestones Warning Signs
Follows three related directions, such as
“Get your crayons, make a picture and put it on the counter”
Your child does not use complete and grammatically correct sentences
Understands concepts such as “top”, “bottom,” “beside” and “behind” Your child stutters
Tells stories and shares ideas about recent events Your child does not seem to be able to follow directions
Explains the meanings of words when asked
Says most sounds correctly (except for l, r, th, ch, sh)

Warning Signs for Children in Early Elementary:

* Credit to ASCLPA for the source information

Early Speech Warning Signs SLP
If your child is not meeting several milestones or is demonstrating any of the warning signs, they may benefit from speech language therapy.
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We would love to help you see your child succeed with speech-language pathology.

Please contact us with any questions or book an appointment online today.

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