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Early Abilities: Preschool Speech and Language Services

The Preschool Speech and Language Service at The George Hull Centre is part of a community partnership that delivers community-based speech and language intervention to preschool aged children and their families.

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The program offers assessments of your child’s understanding and use of language skills; a treatment plan that includes home programs, parent/caregiver training, small group and/or individual therapy and transition to school planning.  Speech and Language staff also offer consultation to caregivers, child care centres, and Ontario Early Years Centres as well as information sessions for parents and community members.  The services are provided at The George Hull Centre by Speech-Language Pathologists, Communicative Disorder Assistants and Early Childhood Educators.

Referrals can be made directly by parents (a physician referral is not required), or can be made by professionals (e.g., doctor, daycare staff, early intervention worker, etc.) with parental consent.  To request this service for your child, complete the on-line registration form here https://tph.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/tpsls-Qsf/tpsls-referral-form-v5-1/ or call 416-338-8255 or email earlyabilities@toronto.ca.

For more information about the George Hull Program, please contact Anna Rupert, Program Manager, at 416-626-0215 extension 183 or arupert@georgehull.on.ca.

You can read more about this program on the City of Toronto website.

Julia was concerned about her 18 month old son, Manuel, who was not talking yet.  She came to the Preschool Speech and Language Program, where a Speech and Language Pathologist did a thorough assessment and recommended a small group program for Julia and Manuel to attend together.  After several sessions, Julia began to recognize that although Manuel was not using very many words, he was communicating with her in many other ways. She learned and practiced strategies that she started using at home with him.  After a few weeks, she noticed that Manuel, was trying to use more words and communicate more frequently. Now that they are communicating with each other, Julia feels like she knows her son so much better.  She has tools to work on at home and someone she can call to ask questions as he continues to develop.

Every year, more than 1,400 children like Manuel with speech and communication concerns are helped through assessments, individual or group treatment, and parent coaching programs.

 

 

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