Winter Programs 2023
Winter Programs 2023
Kids Chat Group (Age 5 – 8)
Led by Heather Tremblay, Speech-Language Pathologist
SLN Kids Chat Group

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
DATES: 
  • January 7th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • January 14th at  2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • January 21st at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • January 28th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • February 4th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • February 25th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm

**NO LESSONS on February 11th or 18th

Awesome Alternative Communicators (Ages 6 – 10)

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

This group is designed for children ages 6 to 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
DATES: 
  • March 4th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • March 11th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • March 18th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • March 25th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • April 1st at 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • April 15th at 2:00pm – 2:45pm

**NO LESSON April 8th

Social Ninja’s Group (Age 8 – 12)*

**Late fall 2022 block continuing into January 2023

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. 

DATES:

  • November 21st at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • November 28th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • December 12th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • December 19th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • January 9th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • January 16th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • January 23rd at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • January 30th at 4:30pm – 5:30pm

*Group Full

Social Language Breakfast Clubs (Age 8+ and 15+)

Led by Kara Broks, Speech-Language Pathologist

The Social Language Breakfast Club is designed to support youth and young adults (ages 15+) 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 

When are the groups offered / what’s included?

  • The groups meet once a week for 60 minutes lessons.
  • The groups are run as a 14-week lesson. A three-week trial is offered. 
  • Group Fees Include: Light breakfast, outings/events per term (e.g., performance, tangible activity, etc.), additional staff support at group and home programming.

RED BREAKFAST CLUB (Age 15+)

Mondays at 8:45am – 9:45am

  • January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • February 6th, 27th
  • March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • April 17th, 24th
  • May 1st, 8th

BLUE BREAKFAST CLUB (Age 8+)

Thursdays at 8:45am – 9:45am

  • January 12th, 19th, 26th
  • February 2nd, 9th
  • March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • April 20th, 27th
  • May 4th, 11th

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 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,  help build self-confidence, improve relationships with 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 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 

    How are the groups organized?

    Our groups are formed based on the participants’ personalities, skill levels and areas of need, to ensure that we have a cohesive group that will facilitate learning as well as build friendships. The 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 the goal, so we put heavy emphasis on practicing, reinforcing and generalizing skills through a variety of supports.

    How do skills transfer outside of the sessions? When are the groups offered?

    • The groups meet for 90 minutes
    • The group is run as an 8 week program

    DATES:

    • January 9th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • January 16th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • January 23rd at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • February 6th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • February 27th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • March 13th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • March 27th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • April 3rd – WINDUP (TBD)

    Programming Coming Soon…

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