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 adolescents. 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 adolescents.

  • Delay or disorder with fine motor or gross motor skills
  • Developmental disorder
  • Dyspraxia
  • Learning disability
  • Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)
  • Eating disorder
  • Neurosensory disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Head injury
  • Burns / wounds
  • Mental health problems
  • Intellectual disability

Special education

Forthcoming

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 adolescents.

  • Crisis, family reorganization and break-up
  • Difficulty in adapting to new life situations (separation, bereavement, moving home, etc.)
  • Parental skills and guidance
  • Support and discipline
  • Relational and social skills (limited reciprocity, problems with socialization, shyness, love relationships, etc.)
  • Behaviour problems (aggression, anger tantrums, confrontation, agitation, impulsiveness)
  • Problems at school (learning, school drop-out, motivation)
  • Attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Personal crisis situations (deep sadness, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem)
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance abuse
  • Taxing and intimidation
  • Eating disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD, Asperger, autism)
  • Mental health problems

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 adolescents.

  • Emotional problems (anger management and control over impulses, sadness, aggression, insecurity, etc.)
  • Attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Learning disability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, weight loss, obesity)
  • Cognitive deficit
  • Behaviour problems due to intimidation, taxing, drugs
  • Problems adapting to school, the family and social surroundings
  • Bereavement, separation and loss of employment
  • Communication problems between parents and adolescents
  • Conflicts, confrontations and crises disturbing family harmony and equilibrium
  • Problems adapting to a new family structure, social or cultural environment
  • Anxiety (panic attack, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia, specific phobia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Depression
  • Parental skills
  • Self-esteem, lack of self-confidence
  • Social skills (communication and enhanced social rapport, self-affirmation)
  • Substance abuse and dependency (drugs, alcohol)
  • Difficulty in adapting to crisis situations (bereavement, divorce, accident, etc.)
  • Relational difficulties, including with family
  • Personal development

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