SLN - Group Programming - Speech  Therapy & Occupational Therapy

Awesome Augmentative Communicators – Junior (Ages 3 – 5)

Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist
SLN - AAC Group - Speech Therapy
This group is designed for children 3-5 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).

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
  • Become frustrated when not understood by family and peers
  • GROUP DATES TO BE DETERMINED….
How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • This group is offered as a 6 week program with each lesson  being 45 minutes.
    • Group Fees Include:  a craft or activity each week (depending on theme), and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable. 
Kids Chat Junior Group (Age 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.

This group includes:

  • A new theme each lesson 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 change sounds
  • Become frustrated when not understood by their family and peers
  • Have weak pre-literacy (pre-reading) skills
How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • This group is offered as a 6 week program with each lesson  being 45 minutes.
    • Group Fees Include:  a craft or activity each week (depending on theme), and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable. 
Red Group Dates (Fridays): 

  • January 12th at 3:15pm – 4:00pm
  • January 19th at 3:15pm – 4:00pm
  • January 26th at 3:15pm – 4:00pm
  • February 2nd at 3:15pm – 4:00pm
  • February 9th at 3:15pm – 4:00pm
  • February 16th at 3:15pm – 4:00pm

* Limited Availability

BLUE Group Dates (Fridays): 

  • January 26th at 9:30am – 10:15am
  • February 2nd at 9:30am – 10:15am
  • February 9th at 9:30am – 10:15am
  • February 16th at 9:30am – 10:15am
  • February 23rd at 9:30am – 10:15am
  • March 1st at 9:30am – 10:15am

* Limited Availability

Speech Pals Group (Age 3 – 5) & (Ages 7+)
Led by Heather  Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech Language Network - Speech Pals Group for Kids Articulation
The Speech Pals Group is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years (Blue Group) and 7+ years (Red Group), who are working on specific speech sounds (these will be chosen based on the needs of the participants). During this program, participants will engage in a fun group environment that will target sounds through songs, books, crafts, and lots of fun summer activities.

This group includes:

  • A new theme each lesson with specific vocabulary, sound awareness activities and some take-home materials.
  • Recommendations about how you can practice your child’s speech sounds at home.
  • Some ideas about how to create opportunities in our child’s daily routines to practice their speech sounds in fun and exciting ways.
Your child may benefit if they:

  • Are working on targeted speech sounds
  • 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 TO BE DETERMINED….
How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • This group is offered as a 6 week program with each lesson  being 45 minutes.
    • Group Fees Include:  a craft or activity each week (depending on theme),  and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable. 

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).

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
  • Become frustrated when not understood by family and peers
How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • This group is offered as a 6 week program with each lesson  being 45 minutes.
    • Group Fees Include: Light snack, a craft or activity each week (depending on theme), additional staff support at group and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable. 
BLUE Group Dates (Saturdays): 

  • January 20th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • February 3rd at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • February 24th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • March 2nd at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • March 16th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • March 23rd at 2:00pm – 2:45pm

**NO LESSON on February 17th

*Limited Availability

Kids Chat Group (Age 5 – 8)
Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist
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.

This group includes:

  • A new theme each lesson 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
How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • This group is offered as a 6 week program with each lesson  being 45 minutes.
    • Group Fees Include: Light snack, a craft or activity each week (depending on theme), additional staff support at group and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable. 
BLUE Group Dates (Wednesdays): 

  • January 10th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • January 24th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • February 7th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • February 21st at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • March 6th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • March 20th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm

*Limited Availability

Social Explorers Group (Parent & Child)

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.

This group includes:

  • Exposure to different types of exciting toys and activities.
  • Opportunities to interact with other childen in a safe environment.
  • Opportunities for the parents to meet and interact with other parents with a child who has been diagnosed with autism.
  • Parent handouts will be available about topics including communication, autism and social and play skills.

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.

How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the recommendation from the therapist with regards to the child’s therapy care plan.
    • This group is offered as a 8 lesson program with each lesson being 45 minutes.
    •  Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are NON-REFUNDABLE. Payment is required to reserve your spot. 
    •  There MUST be a minimum of 3 families registered for the program to run.

Group Dates (Thursdays): 

  • February 29th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • March 14th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • March 28th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • April 11th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • April 25th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • May 9th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • May 16th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • June 13th at 5:30pm – 6:15pm

*Limited Availability

Emotion Renegades Group (Ages 7 – 11)

Led by Meagan Smith, Occupational Therapist
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 TO BE DETERMINED….
How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • This group is offered as a 6 week program with each lesson  being 45 minutes.
    • Group Fees Include: Light snack, a craft and/or activity each week (depending on theme), and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable. 

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.
How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • This group is offered as a 8 week program with each lesson being 60 minutes.
    • Group Fees Include: Light snack, a craft and/or activity each week (depending on theme), occasional outings and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable. 

DATES: 

  • March 25th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • April 8th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • April 15th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • April 22nd at 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • May 6th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • May 13th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • May 27th  at 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • June 3rd at 4:30 – 5:30pm

**NO LESSONS on April 1st, April 29th & May 20th

*Limited Availability

Social Language Breakfast Club (Ages 14+)
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 .
How are the groups organized?

  • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
  • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
  • This group is offered as an 8 week program and will meet for 60 minute lessons.
  • Group Fees Include: Light breakfast, outings/events per term (e.g., performance, tangible activity, etc.), additional staff support at group and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable.

DATES (Mondays): 

    • March 25th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • April 8th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • April 15th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • April 22nd at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • May 6th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • May 13th at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • May 27th  at 4:30 – 5:30pm
    • June 3rd at 4:30 – 5:30pm

**NO LESSONS on April 1st, April 29th & May 20th.

*Limited Availability

Academic Executive Functioning Group (Ages 18+)

Led by Kara Broks, Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech Language Network - Academic Executive Functioning Group for Teens & Young Adults
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 and/or an Occupational Therapist, this program will focus on supporting clients with gaining independence and the skills necessary to navigate their senior high school years and through early adulthood transitions into post secondary school and/or the workforce.
You may benefit if:

  • Want to improve your ability to initiate, organize, plan and complete tasks independently related to work, school and daily household responsibilities.
  • Want to learn how to manage money and budget.
  • Want to learn skills oon how to navigate academic resources, plan, take tests and complete assignments successfully.
  • Want to learn how to follow conversations better, attend to preferred and non preferred topics and process information more readily.
  • Want to improve their ability to problem solve and work in teams.
  • Are motivated and interested in participating in the program.
DATES (Wednesdays): 

    • January 17th at 1pm
    • January 24th at 1pm
    • February 7th at 1pm
    • February 14th at 1pm
    • February 28th at 1pm
    • March 6th at 1pm
    • March 13th at 1pm
    • March 20th – TBD Outing **This date may be subject to change

*Limited Availability

How are the groups organized?

    • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need.
    • Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants with a specific topic/skill targeted each week.
    • This group is offered as an 8 week program.
    • Group Fees Include: Light snack, outing(s) per term, additional staff support at group (when required) and home programming. Group Fees must be paid before the start of the group and are Non-Refundable.

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.

WINTER 2024 DATES – TO BE DETERMINED…..

How are the groups organized?

  • Groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need. Curriculum for each group will be adjusted to suit the participants, with a specific skill targeted each week.
  • Using newly acquired skills outside of the therapy room is our primary focus, so we put heavy emphasis on practicing, reinforcing and generalizing skills through a variety of supports.
  • Our goal is to ensure that we have a cohesive group that will facilitate learning as well as build friendships.
  • This group may occasionally meet for “outings” outside of the SLN to put their new skills to use. Due to when event locations are open, or special events are held being out of our control, the SLN will sometimes need to plan outings on different dates originally set up, we will give group members as much notice as is possible when this occurs.
  • The group meets for 90 minutes and is run as an 7-8 week program

Programming Coming Soon…

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