TIDAL SPEECH THERAPY
Speech Language Pathology Private Practice and Teletherapy in New Brunswick
Tidal Speech Therapy is a speech-language pathology clinic specializing in paediatrics, providing therapeutic services for: articulation (i.e., clarity of speech), language (i.e., how we express and understand oral language), early literacy (i.e., reading, writing and phonological awareness), fluency (i.e., stuttering, cluttering, smoothness and rate of speech), social-communication (i.e., navigating social scenarios, making and keeping friendships), and cognitive communication (i.e., helping improve executive functioning: planning, time management, organization, etc.).
Conveniently located in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Currently a waitlist for services.
Literacy involves all the skills required to read and write. Early literacy development begins with children exploring books and listening to their parents read. Learning to read and write can sometimes be a challenge. It may difficult to acquire pre-reading skills (e.g., phonological or phonemic awareness- the ability to hear and play with sounds) or it may be difficult to apply those skills to accurately decode words (i.e., read unfamiliar words).
A speech-language pathologist can help by providing shared reading strategies, supporting development of print awareness, and evaluate and support phonological awareness.
Articulation therapy is a form of intervention that focuses on the accurate production of speech sounds to improve speech clarity. Through play-based intervention and consistent home practice most clients are able to achieve significant improvement.
No matter what the communication challenge may be, we are prepared to help.
Sometimes children are late to have language emerge. SLPs know the signs to help them predict if these challenges are likely to remain as a language disorder. A child may have problems putting their own thoughts, ideas or feelings into words. This is called “expressive language”.
If your child has an expressive language challenges, they may have difficulty with:
Putting word together to make a sentence
Learning songs and rhymes
Using correct pronouns like “he” or “they”
If left without support, these children may go on to have difficulty with academics and written expression. Similarly some children need to improve their ability to "understand" language (i.e., receptive language). They may have trouble following directions, understanding concepts, listening, etc.
Speech-language pathologists are trained in assessing and treating verbal language challenges. They can provide intervention and strategies to support language development.
FLUENCY & STUTTERING
When a person stutters, we sometimes say that their speech is “dysfluent” because the flow of speech is interrupted. These interruptions may include one or more of the following characteristics:
Repetitions – involve repeating a sound, syllable or phrase (e.g. m-m-m-my)
Prolongations – involve stretching out a sound (e.g. mmmmmy)
Blocks – involve stoppage of the airflow so no sound comes out.
People often wonder if stuttering can be cured. Although there is no easy “cure” for stuttering, speech-language therapy can be very effective in helping the individual learn techniques to help support speech and improve a speaker’s experience.
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION INTERVENTION
Social communication (i.e., the way we communicate verbally and with body-language) is critical for forming friendships and maintaining friendships. It is the foundation of social interaction and can include skills such as:
Posture and facial expression
Conversation skills (e.g., turn taking, staying on topic, etc.)
Humour and figurative language
Navigating friendships and relationships
Often these skills come naturally to some people, for others, these skills need to be supported for growth amd building self-advocacy skills. Without these skills a child may be at risk for bullying, isolation, or avoidance.
Initially therapy may begin with one on one development of social skills, but eventually the client will be encouraged and supported to generalize these skills to new friendships.