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Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Therapy is a vast field encompassing all that relates, directly or indirectly, to human communication.

The speech-language therapist is the health professional concerned with problems of human communication that require prevention, evaluation, screening and clinical intervention. He/she works with individuals of all ages presenting difficulties in speech (pronunciation, stuttering, dysarthria, etc.), voice (voice disorders, laryngectomy, etc.), language (specific language impairment, dyslexia, aphasia, autism, head injury, dementia, etc.), oropharyngeal function (dysphagia, tongue thrust, etc.) or a language delay, whether or not associated with a deficiency. A speech-language therapist can also help in modifying native accents. He/she teaches clients—and their families—strategies and methods to improve communication, while also making appropriate referrals to relevant professionals whenever necessary. The goal of the speech-language therapist is to facilitate social, educational and professional integration, while encouraging the individual toward social interaction. The therapist is equally keen to promote sound communication practices and prevent communication problems.

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Below is a list of disabilities/disorders that we treat in pre-school children. Click on the links to learn more.

Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapist is a health professional who evaluates functional skills and the effects of a person’s physical and mental health problems on multiple body functions. He/she intervenes on behalf of individuals of all ages, focusing on whatever important activities will assist the person in attaining the optimal level of autonomy to accomplish daily tasks, (ex: play, leisure activities, dressing, socialization, etc.). Thus, the activity is at the core of occupational therapy; it constitutes the prime focus of expertise and the preferred method of therapy. The occupational therapist works on the development, maintenance and improvement of the person’s physical or mental capacity, with the aim of promoting individual autonomy, thereby enabling a satisfactory quality of life within the social milieu and integration within the wider community.

Occupational therapy practices focus on prevention, stimulation, rehabilitation or compensation.

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Below is a list of disabilities/disorders that we treat in pre-school children.

  • Delay or disorder with fine motor or gross motor skills
  • Delay or developmental disorder
  • Dyspraxia
  • Learning disability
  • Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Neurosensory disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Congenital malformations
  • Intellectual disability

Special Education

The special education teacher/specialist works with individuals of all ages who are experiencing behavioural adjustment problems (due to physical, emotional, intellectual or social problems) so as to facilitate their social integration and general self-development. Among other things, the special education teacher/specialist must observe the attitudes and behaviours of these individuals, participate in evaluating their needs, develop a plan to encourage their adaptation, animate individual or group activities, and conduct periodic evaluations ensuring individual follow-up. He/she uses various techniques, methods and diverse activities such as the arts, sport, games, technology, or any other means of arousing interest, all for the purpose of enabling the individual’s integration and self-development.

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Below is a list of disabilities/disorders that we treat in pre-school children.

  • Parental skills and guidance
  • Support and discipline
  • Attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Difficulty in adapting to new life situations (separation, birth, bereavement, moving home, etc.)
  • Relational and social skills (separation anxiety, limited reciprocity, problems with socialization, shyness, etc.)

Psychoeducation

Psychoeducators are professionals who assist individuals of all ages experiencing difficulty in psychological and social adaptation, as manifest in their behaviour within the social environment and in diverse life situations. These professionals may intervene, involving the family and close social network of the person requiring assistance. They suggest solutions adapted to complex and varied situations, so as to help resolve or prevent conflicts, while encouraging the autonomy of the individual.

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Below is a list of disabilities/disorders that we treat in pre-school children.

  • Crisis, reorganization and family break-up
  • Difficulty in adapting to new life situations (separation, birth, bereavement, moving house)
  • Parental skills and guidance
  • Support and discipline
  • Relational and social skills (separation anxiety, limited reciprocity, problems with socialization, shyness, etc.)
  • Behaviour problems (aggression, anger tantrums, confrontation, agitation, impulsiveness)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD, Asperger, autism)
  • Delayed development (communication, play, motor skills, autonomy)

Psychology

The psychologist is a professional who studies and evaluates human behaviour, intellectual capacity, psychological functions, mental functions, aptitudes, and the various aspects of individual personality He/she may intervene with clients of all ages for the purpose of fostering psychological health, restoring mental health, and helping the individual to resolve personal problems. The psychologist employs a variety of methods and tools such as interview techniques and psychometric tests, depending on individual requirements and the specific goals of the intervention.

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Below is a list of disabilities/disorders that we treat in pre-school children.

  • Emotional problems (anger management and control over impulses, sadness aggression, insecurity, etc.)
  • Problems with familial and other relationships
  • Parental skills
  • Attachment disorder
  • Cognitive deficit
  • Difficulty respecting boundaries and accepting discipline
  • Problems adapting to a new family structure, social or cultural environment
  • Difficulty in adapting to crisis situations (bereavement, divorce, accident, etc.)

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