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Services - Communication Disorders

There are different forms of rehabilitation interventions that deal with communication disorders. They vary according to the needs of both the child and family.

Children can take part in individual or group interventions. Some of these interventions may be conducted by multiple rehabilitation professionals at a time. These types of interventions can take place at the rehabilitation centre, family home, child care centre, school or community. Parents and other family members are strongly encouraged to attend individual and group meetings as a means to gain knowledge and support.

The therapeutic activities offered in the Program mainly focus on daily living activities and social participation. They also concentrate on minimizing situations of handicap as well as on teaching, learning, integrating communication strategies and adapting environments. Rehabilitation workers are also responsible for developing, implementing and periodically reviewing intervention plans.

Group Activities

Depending on the child’s needs, a number of group activities may be offered to both the child and family.

The Super Friends Club:

  • Moderators: Speech therapist, psychologist and social worker
  • Goal: To improve the social skills of school-aged children living with a communication disorder.

Little Chatterboxes:

  • Moderators: Occupational therapist and speech therapist
  • Goal: To help preschoolers develop the ability to carry out activities of daily living in a group setting.


  • Moderators: Occupational therapist and special education teacher
  • Goal: To stimulate sensory-motor skills in school-aged children in order to enhance their performance in recreational activities.

Preschool Prerequisites:

  • Moderator: Occupational therapist
  • Goal: To help children grip scissors and pencils in a proper manner so that they may begin writing lessons between the ages of 4 and 7 years.


  • Moderators: Audiologist and special education teacher
  • Collaborator: Neuropsychologist
  • Goal: To improve the attention span and organizational skills of children aged 8 to 10 years by teaching them strategies they can reuse in their everyday routine.

Word for Word:

  • Moderators: Speech therapist and special education teacher
  • Goal: To help children aged 8 to 12 years, who stutter, become more efficient communicators; improve their flow of speech and increase their social participation.


  • Moderators: Speech therapist, psychologist and special education teacher
  • Goal: To help young people aged 13 and 18 years, who stutter, become more efficient communicators; improve their flow of speech and increase their social participation.
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Updated on 3/20/2015
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