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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.

Jenn works with kids in early intervention

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 Jennifer Fung

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

edmonton slp

As a speech-language pathologist, I believe that communication is a human right. I enjoy working with a variety of ages, however I am deeply passionate about early intervention. My approach to therapy is play-based, fun, and functional. I value partnering with families and caregivers to support the development and improvement of my clients’ communication skills

 

Training and Certifications:

• MBSImp and Dysphagia Practice Course

• Lidcombe Program Certification

• Picture Exchange Communication System Training, Level 1

• Introduction to PROMPT: Technique

• Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training

During one of my student teaching practicums, I had a student who stuttered. In class, he was reluctant to speak and connect with others. Week after week, he was pulled out of class for sessions with the speech-language pathologist. By the end of my nine-week practicum, he was raising his hand confidently and participating in group activities. I was in awe of the difference in his demeanor and started my impassioned pursuit of a career in supporting people with communication.
My clients have described me as:

  • Fun
  • Warm, approachable
  • Empathetic
  • Realistic
I am fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin

I specialize in treating:

  • Infants (Birth to 2)
  • Preschoolers (2 to 4)
  • School Age (5 to 18)
  • Adults (19-65)
  • Seniors (66+)
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta in 2011. Wanting to utilize her teaching skills in a more specialized way, Jennifer pursued a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and graduated in 2013.

Since graduating, Jennifer has worked extensively in preschool and kindergarten settings at local school divisions. In recent years, she has also supported children (ranging from toddlers to high school) through Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD). Jennifer is excited to serve families through private practice and is looking forward to spending extended, individualized time with each client.

Outside of the clinic, Jennifer is an avid baker and plant lady. During COVID, she finally mastered macarons! Jennifer is a classic extrovert and thoroughly enjoys spending time engaged in meaningful conversations.

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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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