We treat a wide range of concerns that your child may be
Expressive Language Difficulties
Social communication skills
Apraxia of Speech
Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
Pre-Writing & Writing Abilities
Reading & Writing Difficulties
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Plagiocephaly (flat head)
Poor Coordination & Motor Planning
A thorough assessment is conducted to determine the best therapy
plan for your child. Depending on the age and needs of your child,
formal (standardized) and informal assessments will be used to
acquire a complete picture of your child’s skills. A written
report will be compiled from the assessment, case history form and
other professionals if needed.
A to Z Therapy Clinic aims to begin therapy as early as possible
in order for goals to be implemented at the clinic and at home.
Assessment and therapy takes place in the clinic room with the
therapist and your child. Parents (or caregiver) are encouraged to
be present in order to understand the assessment and therapy
process. Our professionals will be reviewing your child’s goals
and needs throughout the therapy process as well as provide
Activities and games selected each session are designed to be fun and rewarding for your child while also complementing their interests. Research supports that children learn best through play; which is why we implement a child-centered, relationship based approach to our therapy.
We believe that home practice is the key to success for your child to transfer skills from the clinic to outside of therapy. The therapist will provide specific advice, ideas or handouts to incorporate into daily activities. At the same time, we do understand the demands of everyday life therefore the therapists will help establish a realistic plan for home practice.
Group therapy promotes peer learning in an environment that is
interactive, motivating and supportive for your child.
At A to Z Therapy Clinic, group programs are evidence-based and are carefully planned to help with carryover of your child’s current therapy goals or supplement the learning your child is currently doing (i.e. at school, home, or in individual therapy). Most importantly, these groups encourage children to learn from one another while building confidence to apply new skills outside of therapy with their peers. Group therapy is a reliable and affordable way to maximize your child’s exposure to learning.
In these sessions, children are given the opportunity to naturally
form friendships in a fun and interactive way as they choose the
activities. Social communication skills are developed as they
collaborate on shared tasks with their clinicians.
Our workshops at A to Z Therapy Clinic are carefully programmed,
designed by a Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational
Therapist for children who may benefit from extra support with
reading, writing and spelling skills. Speech-language pathologists
are recognized experts in school-age literacy, while Occupational
Therapist are experts in devolping fine motor skills that coincide
with school tasks (pencil grasps, printing & cursive
Joint therapy services consist of a Speech Therapist (SLP) and Occupational Therapist (OT) who collaborate both their goals to optimize your child's therapy sessions. For example, many OT tasks and activities can incorporate speech and language goals; therefore making therapy functional and effective.
Speech Pathology stems from two key words. Speech, meaning
communication and pathology, meaning someone who studies cause and
effect. Together, these words refer to someone who provides
therapy for communication as well as swallowing disorders. A
pediatric speech-language pathologist supports children from 18
month to 18 years of age.
A type of language development in which children process early
language in “strings of sounds” or “chunks” of language, rather
than processing single words. Children processing language this
way may echo back words, phrases and sentences other people say
-also known as echolalia (e.g. “to infinity and beyond”).
This repetition of words or chunks of language may be stored in a child's memory after the child has heard it (e.g. from song, people, tv shows, books, etc.).
Did you know?
Gestalt Language Processing is a type of language development that is often seen in Autistic children. An estimated 75 - 90% of autistic children learn language this way.
Why is this important?
Children who are gestalt language processors require a different approach for assessment and intervention in comparison to traditional therapy. This approach is based on the Natural Language Acquisition Framework by Marge Blanc (Speech Language Pathologist and Author of Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum).
How can we help?
The speech-language pathologists and team at A to Z Therapy Clinic are proud to recognize the importance of customizing therapy to each child's unique needs and language development. They will work alongside you and your child to create a therapy approach that best suits your child's style of language development and effectively continue to support them using the Natural Language Acquisition framework.
Occupational Therapists are trained to help individuals better
perform the everyday activities (or occupations) that they need
to, want to or are expected to perform. At A to Z Therapy Clinic,
a 'neurodevelopmental' approach is taken to work with children.
This means that many skills that develop for children at various
ages such as writing your name, tying your shoelaces or getting
dressed, develop in an organized sequence based on skills that
have been developed at an earlier stage. For some children these
stages are underdeveloped, which can often have a domino effect on
other areas. At A to Z Therapy Clinic, we aim to help to develop
these skills in an enjoyable way through a play based approach.
Psychology is the study of human behavior in relation to their thoughts, emotions and interpersonal
relationships. The psychologist is a health professional whose role is to offer an individualized, neutral
and confidential space wherein a person can express themselves and be heard by another. Given that
psychologists are authorized to make mental health diagnosis, the professional can carry out psychological
assessments. These assessments incorporate the analysis of an individual's psychological functioning,
identify disorders and dysfunctions as well as provide recommendations aimed at promoting the well-being of
an individual. Other assessments can investigate a child's intellectual skills and learning abilities in
order to determine the nature and origin of their academic difficulties. The impressions concluded by an
assessment allows the identification of the type of specialized services a child may require, as well as the
means that will facilitate their academic progress.
Sometimes, babies and children need physical therapy as well. As
we grow, we learn to walk up the stairs or throw a ball. For some
children either developmental delays or injuries can prevent them
from accomplishing what we consider simple tasks. A pediatric
physical therapist helps children improve their range of motion,
strength, flexibility, balance, and movement patterns.
When a child comes to Physiotherapy, the sessions are most often
organized to look like play. We encourage fun and age-appropriate
games and activities all while working towards their intended
goal. Children should be happy and motivated, but physical therapy
is also hard work! So let’s get moving!
Pediatric physical therapy works on improving gross motor skills (such as walking, jumping and throwing). We encourage kids to play, run, hop and explore while working towards what has been limiting them.
Give us a call if you have any questions or would like your child to be seen for any of the following issues:
Specialized tutoring is an individualised, one-to-one service that
is tailored to meet the needs of students who struggle to learn or
would simply benefit from additional support in academics. The
tutor at A to Z Therapy Clinic specializes in tutoring children
with Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and ADHD as well
as those with Specific Learning Disabilities. Additionally, she
has experience working with children with speech/language delays
and social communication difficulties.
Julia is a student at Concordia University, currently completing a bachelors degree in Linguistics and working towards a masters in Speech Language Pathology. She has over 2 years of experience tutoring elementary school students in English, French, Math and History that have ADHD, dyslexia and other learning and/or behavioral difficulties. Those who know Julia will describe her as patient and an empathetic individual. She has a passion for helping and guiding students to flourish and gain confidence in their academic journey.