To kick off Literacy month we want to talk about change. I love the saying: BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THIS WORLD. This year at Regina Speech Centre we have been working to bring about change in reading instruction in Saskatchewan. We are determined to be a part of the grass roots Read More >
Summer Camps are Back!
Join us this summer for fun and exciting speech, language and literacy camps. We can’t wait to see you there! To register contact [email protected] Have questions, call us: 306-540-5666 or 306-533-9105. Spellcrafters Who: Students in Grades 3-5 When:July 26-30. 8:30am-4pm Cost: $600 – A portion of this is claimable through your insurance benefits What: Does Read More >
If a reader is struggling, a good assessment is critical…
Reading is NOT a natural skill, it is a learned skill. There are many things that can make it more difficult to learn to read as reading is an extremely complicated process that takes place in the brain. It requires systematic and explicit instruction to acquire and sometimes there are many factors that can contribute Read More >
Why should you choose tutoring?
Is your child struggling with reading, writing, or spelling? Are you not sure where to start to help them? Have you been considering tutoring for your child? There are many reasons to opt for tutoring for your child. Maybe you find your child more likely to work through school struggles with another person, maybe you Read More >
Literacy Matters Month
Welcome to our Literacy Matters month at Regina Speech Centre. Our amazing team of language specialists created a motto a few years ago together by brainstorming what we really value, and we came up with: “Empowering Familes. Connecting Communities.” It’s at the heart of everything we do. This month we really wanted to focus on Read More >
Now Offering: Adult Speech and Language Therapy Services.
There are many reasons why the services of a speech-language pathologist (SLP) may be needed. Some speech and language problems may be developmental and start in childhood. Others may be acquired and begin later in life. SLPs are trained and skilled to support adult clients in many different ways. We are so pleased and excited Read More >
When Reading Goes Wrong – How a Speech Language Pathologist Can Help
I have answered this question many times over my career, what do Speech Language Pathologists have to do with reading? The answer, to me, is simple. Language and literacy really are two sides of the same coin. We develop the language skills we need for tackling literacy from birth. Sound discrimination starts from the very Read More >
The Missing Piece: Auditory Processing and Learning Difficulties!
The Missing Piece: Auditory Processing and Learning Difficulties! The good news is it can be treated. by Dr. Debbie Davis, Au.D on May 13, 2017 Auditory Processing Disorder affects the way the brain interprets the information the ear hears. It is estimated that 2-3% of children in Canada are affected by Auditory Processing Disorder. With approximately 1 in 30 children impacted by APD, there could be one child in every classroom that is struggling with understanding the teacher. Despite normal hearing, children will have difficulties with listening in the classroom “when the brain can’t hear”. Some APD behaviours are related to difficulty listening to the spoken message, as in difficulty with excessively noisy situations, or with directions, tonality or speed of speech. Auditory processing difficulties can happen to any of us even with normal processing. Who doesn’t struggle just a little bit more when listening to an Englishman’s accent? The difference here is that someone with APD will struggle even if that speaker doesn’t have an accent. Therefore when the message is degraded it will require a lot of effort and sometimes there is not enough mental energy remaining to remember what is heard. This would mean one would have difficulty with auditory memory. That’s where brief, clear, and simple instructions can make it easier for children to understand and follow instructions. If the instructions become lengthier, with several steps, pieces are often missed or forgotten. Children may often have a language delay and/or reading difficulties because of the impact that APD can have on phonemic awareness. In layman’s terms, phonemic awareness is hearing, discriminating and manipulating sounds in language. As a matter of fact some countries have found 94% of children with APD also had language impairment or reading disorder. Some other APD behaviours may be mistaken as attention deficit. It is very important to differentiate between auditory processing disorder and attention deficit disorder given that short attention spans can be noted with both and symptoms may be similar between the two. When much of a student’s instruction is auditory based it can be frustrating and overwhelming for the them. This may lead to inattention and that’s why the behaviour could be similar to those with attention deficit. That being said, difficulties with inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity and fidgety nature will tend to rank as more pronounced in ADD/ADHD than those diagnosed with APD. Individual causal factors of APD are unknown. However, as Auditory Processing Disorder may be hereditary the learning style of the child may be similar to that of one of their parents. Additionally, there may be other environmental factors that cause APD and those may be birth related issues, middle ear troubles in infancy or early childhood and neuromaturational delay, The good news is that before this disorder ends up secondarily impacting psychosocial well Read More >
Picky eating… When is it too picky?
Picky eating, YIKES, just the phrase gives me stress as a parent. Even though I’m a speech language pathologist with interest, experience and training in feeding; my children aren’t eating eel sushi and steamed greens for every meal. While I feel we have persevered and they are relatively good eaters, nothing is ever perfect, and Read More >