Social Ninja’s Groups (Age 8 – 15)

Led by Kara Broks, Speech-Language Pathologist & Rhonda Miller, Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

The Social Ninja’s Groups were created for children ages 8-15 years old who may have speech and/or social language delays. This group is designed to help build social skills, social confidence, and independence through discussions and activities that will help facilitate speech and social skills development. This program offers participants a supportive and safe environment to express themselves honestly and work on improving their skills at their own pace.  The intention of the groups is to foster friendships among participants, build self-confidence, explore independence and find productive, thoughtful ways to communicate with those in their environment. 

SOCIAL NINJA’S RED: Ages 8 – 12 years

DATES:

  • September 12th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • September 19th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • September 26th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • October 3rd at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • October 10th – NO SESSION
  • October 17th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • October 24th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • October 31st – NO SESSION
  • November 7th at 4:30pm – GROUP WINDUP

SOCIAL NINJA’S BLUE: Ages 13 – 15 years

DATES:

  • September 21st at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • September 28th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • October 5th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • October 12th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • October 19th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • October 26th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • November 2nd at 4:30pm – GROUP WINDUP

Kids Chat Group (Age 5 – 8)

Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist

The Kids Chat Group is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 8 years, who may have speech, language, or social language delays. During this program, participants will engage in activities, games, and educational activities that will help facilitate speech-language development. This group includes:

  • A new theme each session with specific vocabulary/sound awareness activities and take-home materials
  • How to build your child’s language skills through music and songs
  • How to build language-learning opportunities into everyday activities and routines
  • How to turn books into fun and interactive language-learning time and how to teach your child essential early literacy skills

Your child may benefit if they:

  • Do not use as many words or language as other children their age
  • Have trouble interacting with their peers
  • Have trouble communicating his/her thoughts and ideas
  • Leave out sounds in words and/or changes sounds
  • Become frustrated when not understood by family and peers
  • Have weak pre-literacy (pre-reading) skills

DATES: 

  • October 1st at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • October 15th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • October 29th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • November 12th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • November 26th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • December 10th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm

AAC – Awesome Alternative Communicators (Age 6 – 10)

Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist

This group is designed for children ages 6 to 10 years and focuses on social interaction and language expansion. With the use of books, songs, and activities, your child will be able to grow their language with the guidance of visual aids (i.e. augmentative alternative communication).

The goals of the group are:

  • to help your child socialize with other children
  • to help your child expand their language skills
  • to provide parent education (including some handouts) regarding social skills, language skills and how to use alternative/augmentative communication to support speech and language development

Your child may benefit if they:

  • Do not use as many words or language as other children their age
  • Have trouble interacting with their peers
  • Have trouble communicating his/her thoughts and ideas
  • Leave out sounds in words and/or changes sounds
  • Become frustrated when not understood by family and peers
  • Have weak pre-literacy (pre-reading) skills

DATES: 

  • October 22nd at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • November 5th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • November 19th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • December 3rd at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • December 17th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Adult Social Language Connection: Community Connection Group (Age 21+)

Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist & Julie Anstey, Occupational Therapist

This group is designed to support adults with exceptionalities improve their executive functioning and self-monitoring skills. These skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, initiate and follow through with tasks, and manage multiple tasks successfully. The group environment allows participants to learn and practice these skills in a safe environment. The goals of the group are to enable changes in daily behaviours, habits, and attitudes, to result in better outcomes with executive functioning, connecting with community, being effective members of the community/workforce, and relieve frustrations related to these areas.  

DATES:

  • September 14th at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • September 21st at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • September 28th at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • October 5th at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • October 19th at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • October 26th at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • November 2nd at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • November 9th – WINDUP (TBD)

Adult Social Language Connection: Community Engagement Group (Age 21+)

Led by Kara Broks, Speech-Language Pathologist

Hailey Richards SLP with Speech Language Network

The Community Engagement Group is designed to support adults with exceptionalities improve their communication and pragmatic language skills. Pragmatic language skills are vital for communicating our personal thoughts, ideas and feelings. Adults with difficulties in this area often misinterpret other peoples’ communicative intent and may have difficulty responding appropriately either verbally or non-verbally. The group atmosphere allows participants to learn and practice these skills in a safe environment. The goals of the group are to help build self-confidence, improve relationships with family/friends/co-workers and to help members make stronger connections within their community. 

DATES:

  • September 12th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • September 19th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • September 26th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • October 3rd at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • October 17th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • October 24th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • October 31st at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • November 7th – WINDUP (TBD)

Anxiety Busters

The Anxiety Busters group is a program for children and teens between the ages of 8 and 15 years with mild to moderate anxiety. The aim of the program is to improve the social and emotional well-being of children dealing with anxiety and associated difficulties. During the group sessions, anxious children or teens will be provided with knowledge about anxiety and related difficulties and will be taught how to use practical tools and strategies to help them take control of their emotions and deal with them in a healthy manner. 

In a small group setting, a counsellor will use various activities and therapy strategies including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).  CBT is an evidence-based psychological treatment shown to be one of the most effective treatments for anxiety.

Children and teens will learn:

  • To develop confidence to learn new skills to cope with anxiety and associated difficulties.  
  • New skills on how to express themselves and how they are feeling.
  • Validation. Ensuring that each young person has their feelings, thoughts and experiences validated and supported.
  • How to face their fears, stay on track and prepare for the future.  

The Anxiety Busters program also offers additional services below:

  • Parent information sessions and education
  • Direct and family counselling
  • Direct counselling

Your child/teen may benefit if they:

  • Find it hard to concentrate
  • Are constantly worrying or having negative thoughts
  • Have difficulty sleeping and not eating properly
  • Are irritable and/or angry
  • Are very afraid when away from parents (separation anxiety)
  • Have extreme fear about a specific thing or situation, such as dogs, insects, or going to the doctor (phobias)
  • Are very afraid of school and other places where there are people (social anxiety)
  • Are worried about the future and about bad things happening (general anxiety)
  • Are having repeated episodes of sudden, unexpected, intense fear that come with symptoms like heart pounding, having trouble breathing, or feeling dizzy

Programming Coming Soon…

For more information, please contact hello@theSLN.com or phone the clinic at 306 933 3222.