SLN - Group Programming - Speech  Therapy & Occupational Therapy

How does group programming work at the SLN?

    1. Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    2. Clients MUST have participated in direct one-on-one therapy prior to joining a group, either at the SLN or have been recommended by another therapist they are currently seeing.
    3. Before joining a group, new clients will be required to have a “meet and greet” session with the therapist leading the group.
    4. Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • Children’s groups (3-8 years of age) are offered as a 6 week program with each lessons being 45 minutes
    • Pre-Teen / Teen Groups (8-18 years of age) are offered as an 8 week program with lessons being 60 minutes.
    • Adult Groups (18+ years of age) are offered as an 8 week program with lessons being 90 minutes.
    • Parent & Child Groups (3-4 years of age) are offered as an 8 week program with lessons being 45 minuts.

Group Fees MUST be paid before the start of the group to reserve your spot and are Non-Refundable. If lessons are missed program fees are still due for the missed date(s).

Social Explorers Group (Parent & Tot Ages 3 – 4)

Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist
SLN - Social Explorers Group

The Social Explorers Group is a new group that was started at the SLN for our clients who have an autism diagnosis and/or for clients who are enrolled in or have completed the Early Social Communication Program. This program is designed to include both the child and the parent(s) to assist with building the child’s play and social interaction skills with other children.

Your child may benefit if they:

  • Have an diagnosis of autism.
  • Is enrolled in or has completed the SLN’s Early Social Communication Program.
  • Have trouble interacting with their peers.
  • Have trouble communicating his/her thoughts and ideas.
  • Have limited play skills.

**This group must have at least 3 families registered to proceed.

GROUP DATES (THURSDAYS):

    • August 29th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    • September 12th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    • September 26th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    • October 10th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    • October 24th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    • November 7th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    • November 21st at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    • December 5th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm

**LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Kids Chat Junior Group (Ages 3 – 5)

Led by Heather  Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech Language Network Kids Chat Jr. Group

The Kids Chat Junior Group is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 5 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.

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 change sounds
  • Become frustrated when not understood by their family and peers
  • Have weak pre-literacy (pre-reading) skills

GROUP DATES (FRIDAYS):

      • July 12th at 9:30am – 10:15am
      • July 19th at 9:30am – 10:15am
      • July 26th at 9:30am – 10:15am
      • August 9th at 9:30am – 10:15am
      • Sat. August 17th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm **new day and time
      • August 23rd at 9:30am – 10:15am

*Limited Availability

Social Detectives Group (Ages 4-7 )

Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist
SLN - Speech Language Network Social Detectives Group

The Social Detectives Group is a new group that is designed for children who may have difficulty understanding what is going on around them, or may not have awareness or understanding about how to play, learn and work in groups with their peers. During this group the participants will be exposed to the Social Thinking Methodology including specific vocabulary, lessons, strategies and activities created specifically for them to help to observe the social world and figure out what is going on around them.  Please note that this program is broken down into 2 parts (6 lessons each).

**You may be required to purchase additional materials for this program

Your child may benefit if they:

  • Want to learn how to interact with other children and build friendships.
  • Have difficulty with understanding social cues in their community.
  • Learn to understand their feelings and emotions and connect them to behaviours.
  • Struggle to join and maintain conversations with their friends.

 

GROUP DATES – Part Two (FRIDAYS):

    • June 14th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • June 21st at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • June 28th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • July 5th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • July 12th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • July 19th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm

**LIMITED AVAILABILITY

GROUP DATES – Part One (FRIDAYS):

    • September 13th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • September 20th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • September 27th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • October 4th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • October 11th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • October 18th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm

 

GROUP DATES – Part Two (FRIDAYS):

    • November 1st at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • November 8th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • November 15th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • November 22nd at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • Novermber 29th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • December 6th at 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Speech Rangers Group (Ages 5-7)

Led by Kara Broks, SLP & MacKenzie Bohle, SLP-A

SLN - Speech Rangers Group Therapy

The Speech Rangers Group is designed for children between the ages of 5-7 years, who may have a speech delay, specifically, the R, S & L sounds. During this program, participants will engage in structured and play based activities that will help foster their speech development. Having strong speech skills is also linked to strong pre-literacy and literacy skills which will also be targeted throughout the program.

Your child may benefit if they:

  • Are working on targeted speech sounds – R, S & L.
  • Leave out sounds in words and/or change sounds.
  • Become frustrated when they are not understood by family and peers.
  • Have weak pre-literacy (pre-reading) skills.

    GROUP DATES (Tuesdays & Thursdays):

      • August 6th at 9:15am – 10:15am
      • August 8th at 9:15am – 10:15am
      • August 13th at 9:15am – 10:15am
      • August 15th at 9:15am – 10:15am
      • August 20th at 9:15am – 10:15am
      • August 22nd at 9:15am – 10:15am
      • August 27th at 9:15am – 10:15am
      • August 29th at 9:15am – 10:15am

    **LIMITED AVAILABILITY

    Kids Chat Group (Ages 5 – 8)

    SLN - Kids Chat Group - Speech Therapy

    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.

    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

    GROUP DATES – Blue (SATURDAYS)

      • June 8th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • June 15th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • June 22nd at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • June 29th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • July 6th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • July 13th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm

    **LIMITED AVAILABILITY

    GROUP DATES – Red (Thursdays)

      • August 1st at 3:30pm – 4:15pm
      • August 8th at 3:30pm – 4:15pm
      • August 15th at 3:30pm – 4:15pm
      • August 22nd at 3:30pm – 4:15pm
      • August 29th at 3:30pm – 4:15pm
      • September 5th at 3:30pm – 4:15pm

    GROUP DATES – Blue (SATURDAYS)

      • October 19th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • October 26th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • November 2nd at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • November 16th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • November 23rd at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • November 30th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm

    Awesome Augmentative Communicators (Ages 6 – 10)

    Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist
    SLN - AAC Group - Speech Therapy

    This group is designed for children 6-10 years of age 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 and/or alternative communication).

    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 their thoughts and ideas
    • Become frustrated when not understoon by family and peers.

    GROUP DATES ( SATURDAYS):

      • September 7th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • September 14th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • Setpember 21st at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • September 28th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • October 5th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm
      • October 12th at 4:15pm – 5:00pm

    **LIMITED AVAILABILITY

    Emotion Renegades Group (Ages 7 – 11)

    Led by Arysha Skalicky, Social Worker

    SLN - Emotion Renegades Group - Occupational Therapy

    The Emotion Renegades group is designed to support children ages 7-11 years of age who experience difficulties understanding emotions and want to improve their ability to self-regulate. This includes fostering their understanding of emotions, how they may feel to us, and introducing safe and appropriate calming strategies for children in this age group. Being in a group among peers provides a safe environment to share and support one another and allows participants to understand that they are not alone when dealing with these strong emotions.

     

    Your child may benefit if they:

    • Struggle to understand how they are feeling.
    • Experience difficulty with sharing their emotions.
    • Are sometimes and/or frequently overcome by strong feelings, for example; anger, frustration, sadness, etc.
    • Want to develop positive coping and calming strategies to use during these situations.
    • Want to learn about emotions, how they feel in our bodies, and how they may impact us.

    GROUP DATES (Wednesdays):

    • July 31st at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • August 7th at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • August 14th at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • August 21st at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • August 28th at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • September 4th at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • September 11th at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    • Septemer 18th at 5:30 – 6:30pm

    *Limited Availability

    Anxiety Busters Group (Ages 8 – 11)

    Led by Arysha Skalicky, Social Worker

    SLN - Anxiety Busters Group

    The Anxiety Busters group is an innovative program specifically designed for children aged 8 to 11 years old with mild to moderate anxiety. This program aims to significantly improve the social and emotional well-being of young individuals dealing with anxiety and its associated difficulties. Through engaging and supportive group sessions, participants will be provided with a thorough understanding of anxiety, including its causes, symptoms, and impacts on daily life. The Anxiety Busters group is committed to fostering a sense of empowerment and self-confidence in young individuals, equipping them with the skills they need to lead happier, more fulfilling lives despite their anxiety.

    Your child may benefit if they:

    • Are 8-11 years old and are showing signs of anxiety.
    • Are having trouble sleeping at night.
    • Are having frequent stomach aches, head aches, and/or fatigue.
    • Avoid socialization or certain situations.
    • Are withdrawn in their day to day activities.

    GROUP DATES (Tuesdays):

    • August 6th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • August 13th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • August 20th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • August 27th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • September 3rd at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • September 10th  at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • September 17th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • September 24th at 4:30 – 5:30pm

    *Limited Availability

    Social Ninjas Group (Ages 8 – 12)

    Led by Kara Broks, Speech-Language Pathologist
    The Social Ninja’s Group was created for children ages 8-12 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 group is to foster friendships among participants, build self-confidence, explore independence and find productive, thoughtful ways to communicate with those in their environment. 
    Your child may benefit if they:

    • Want to establish positive peer relationships but are not sure how.
    • Have difficulties clarifying miscommunication or misunderstandings and have difficulties expressing themselves clearly and concisely.
    • Experience frequent and frustrating breakdowns in communication and/or feel left out.
    • Struggle to join and maintain conversations with peers and adults.
    • Are motivated and interested in participating in this program.

    GROUP DATES (MONDAYS):

    • September 9th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • September 16th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • September 30th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • October 7th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • October 21st at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • October 28th  at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • November 4th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • November 18th at 4:30 – 5:30pm

    **NO LESSONS on October 14th and November 11th.

    *Limited Availability

    Academic Executive Functioning Group (Ages 12-15)

    Led by Kara Broks, Speech-Language Pathologist
    SLN - Academic Executive Functioning Group

    Executive Functioning and Soft Skills are critical skills needed to successfully navigate and engage fully in employment and school and to do things independently. Executive functioning skills help people stay focused, plan, regulate their emotions and think flexibly and creatively. Led by a Speech Language Pathologist, this program will focus on supporting clients with gaining independence and the skills necessary to navigate and prepare for the transition from grade 7 or 8 into high school.

    Your child may benefit if they:

    • need to improve their ability to initiate, organize, plan and complete tasks independently related to school and daily household responsibilities.
    • need to learn skills on how to navigate academic resources, plan, take tests and complete assignments successfully.
    • need to learn how to follow conversations better, attend to preferred and non preferred topics and process information more readily.
    • need to improve their ability to problem solve and work in teams.

    GROUP DATES (Tuesdays & Thursdays):

    • August 6th at 1:00 – 2:00pm
    • August 8th at 1:00 – 2:00pm
    • August 13th at 1:00 – 2:00pm
    • August 15th at 1:00 – 2:00pm
    • August 20th at 1:00 – 2:00pm
    • August 22nd at 1:00 – 2:00pm
    • August 27th at 1:00 – 2:00pm
    • August 29th at 1:00 – 2:00pm

    *Limited Availability

    Social Language Breakfast Club (Ages 15+)

    Led by Kara Broks, Speech-Language Pathologist
    The Social Language Breakfast Club is designed to support youth and young adults (ages 14+) as they transition between life stages. The group will bolster self-confidence and help individuals build meaningful connections as they navigate various social settings. The group setting allows participants to learn and practice these skills in a safe environment among peers. The purpose of the group is to provide support to encourage more balanced and positive experiences as they integrate into varied settings with increased dynamic expectations.
    Your child may benefit if they:

    • Want to establish positive peer relationships but are not sure how. 
    • Have difficulties clarifying miscommunication or misunderstandings and have difficulties expressing themselves clearly and concisely. 
    • Experience frequent and frustrating breakdowns in communication and/or feel left out. 
    • Struggle to join and maintain conversations with peers and adults.
    • Are motivated and interested in participating in this program .

    GROUP DATES (MONDAYS)

    • September 9th at 9:15am – 10:15am
    • September 16th at 9:15am – 10:15am
    • September 30th at 9:15am – 10:15am
    • October 7th at 9:15am – 10:15am
    • October 21st at 9:15am – 10:15am
    • October 28th  at 9:15am – 10:15am
    • November 4th at 9:15am – 10:15am
    • November 18th at 9:15am – 10:15am

    Adult Social Language Connection (Age 21+)

    Led by Kara Broks, Speech-Language Pathologist
    Hailey Richards SLP with Speech Language Network

    The Adult Social Language Connection Group is designed to support adults to improve their communication, executive functioning, and pragmatic language skills. The group atmosphere allows participants to learn and practice these skills in a safe environment, help build self-confidence, improve relationships, and help members make stronger connections within their community.

    The group is for adults who:

    • Want to establish positive relationships in a new environment. 
    • Struggle to join and maintain conversations with peers and adults. 
    • Who want to practice their speech and communication skills.
    • Who want to build independence and stronger executive functioning skills to thrive in a new environment. 
    • Who struggle with understanding unwritten rules and expectations. 
    • Who want to learn how to advocate for themselves.
    • Are motivated and interested in participating in this program.

    UPCOMING GROUP DATES TO BE DETERMINED. If you are interested in this program please call the office.

    Programming Coming Soon…

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