Simon Says Speech Inc

Simon Says Speech Inc Providing play-based speech and language therapy to children of all ages in the Edmonton and surroun

Today is World Down Syndrome Day❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Grab your most colourful socks🧦  it’s time to celebrate 🥳 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Today is a...
03/21/2024

Today is World Down Syndrome Day❤️
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Grab your most colourful socks🧦 it’s time to celebrate 🥳
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Today is a dedicated day to advocate for inclusion, celebration, and the rights of people with Down Syndrome🌏💜
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Happy International Women’s Day❤️💜💙​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Women owned, women ran, and all women therapists, women keep this c...
03/08/2024

Happy International Women’s Day❤️💜💙​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Women owned, women ran, and all women therapists, women keep this company going 🌏

We could not do it without all the amazing women working at home, at the clinic, and in the homes of our clients to provide therapy in any setting we can🫶

Thank you for being the strong women you are🥳 today is for you

Some common AAC myths 🚫 busted! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
03/06/2024

Some common AAC myths 🚫 busted! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

What is childhood apraxia of speech🤨 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Childhood apraxia of speech is a speech sound disorder in which c...
03/02/2024

What is childhood apraxia of speech🤨 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Childhood apraxia of speech is a speech sound disorder in which children struggle to produce proper sounds💭

The motor planning needed for speech including tongue, lips, and jaw 👄 gets jumbled in the kiddos brain before production!

The more a child with apraxia thinks about the word they are going to say, the more difficult it can get🌪️

February 29 is Rare Disease Day!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rare Disease Day raises awareness and creates change for people and th...
02/29/2024

February 29 is Rare Disease Day!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rare Disease Day raises awareness and creates change for people and their families living with a rare disease❤️

Often times, there are no existing cures for a rare disease. It is important to spread awareness so people living with chronic pain no longer have to suffer🚫

There is a need for educated health care providers to help those struggling and to lessen the financial burden that falls upon them and their caregivers.

For more information go to www.rarediseaseday.org

Some core values 🫶 that we practice at Simon Says Speech ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​💙 AAC positive 💜 Neurodiverse affirming 💗 Chi...
02/28/2024

Some core values 🫶 that we practice at Simon Says Speech ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​💙 AAC positive
💜 Neurodiverse affirming
💗 Child led
💛 Play therapy
💚 Parent inclusion
🧡 Flexible
❤️ Fun!!!

How we ❤️ play therapy for this exact reason! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Working on your child’s intervention while exploring the...
02/26/2024

How we ❤️ play therapy for this exact reason! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Working on your child’s intervention while exploring their imagination and having fun, there could not be a better job🥳

What is your child’s favorite game to play in session?

Have you heard your SLP mention the cycles approach for phonological intervention ⁉️​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The cycles approac...
02/24/2024

Have you heard your SLP mention the cycles approach for phonological intervention ⁉️​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The cycles approach is suppose to improve intelligibility quickly among children with high unintelligibility!

When therapist treat a phonological process, they are aiding in correcting the errors in your child’s speech pattern🗣️

When your child has a lot of phonological errors, the cycles approach is used by working on one specific error and then “cycling” through to the next!

The cycle will continue until each process is intelligible in your child’s speech ❤️

Let’s talk 🗣️ SSD ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It is a widely 🌏 used term that you have probably heard 👂 but have never defined! Ch...
02/22/2024

Let’s talk 🗣️ SSD ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It is a widely 🌏 used term that you have probably heard 👂 but have never defined!

Children with speech sound disorders and speech sound delays have notable differences in their speech sound acquisition 💭

In the therapy world, SSD is a broad term used to encompass both speech sounds disorders and speech sound delays 🧩

We are here to explain to you the difference!

A speech sound delay is a speech sound error that is seen typically in speech development and is delayed relative to 90% of that age group!

A common speech sound delay error is the word ‘kite’ becoming ‘tite’ in pronunciation🪁

When a speech sound error is not typical in development for their age group, it is a speech sound disorder!

A speech sound disordered error is ‘taco’ becoming ‘kaco’ in pronunciation 🌮

No matter what the definition, we are here to help your child and your family 🫶

Speech therapy (or any therapy) can be a hard topic to approach with your child, no matter what age! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​W...
02/06/2024

Speech therapy (or any therapy) can be a hard topic to approach with your child, no matter what age! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We think it is important to always start by discussing with your child how do THEY feel about their speech? 💭

This topic can vary depending on their age, the younger kiddos are excited to come and “play”!🥳

The older your child, the more they might resist. That is why we recommend talking it through with them❤️

Let them know that you support them🫶 you are here for them. You want to make the hard things easier, and so do we!

Be upfront with your child, or any loved one, why they are coming to therapy! There is no shame in the therapy game 🤗🤗

It can be hard to hear the term “non-speaking” from a therapist or to read it in a report. We want to remind you that no...
02/03/2024

It can be hard to hear the term “non-speaking” from a therapist or to read it in a report. We want to remind you that non-speaking is not a bad term ❤️​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All communication is communication🗣️

Communication does not 🟰 verbal only

Non-speaking does not diminish anything about your child🫶

Sometimes… as speech therapists it feels like we use the same cues over and over⏰ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​And that’s because w...
02/01/2024

Sometimes… as speech therapists it feels like we use the same cues over and over⏰ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​And that’s because we do!🪄

Teaching a child a ✨new sound✨ can be tricky, so working our cues come in handy!

Sometimes… we have to take a step back👣

Sometimes… we have to think, can we reframe this distortion? Or can we work on producing a new sound! 🗣️

Do you have a favorite cue? How do you work your cue?

It is very easy to get caught up in our busy day to day schedules 📆​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Remember to take time for your love...
01/29/2024

It is very easy to get caught up in our busy day to day schedules 📆​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Remember to take time for your loved ones ⏱️ and to remind them of all the reasons they matter to you❤️

Positive communication with your child will never 🚫 be a negative thing🥳

What makes you proud of your kiddo?

Sometimes 🧐 your speech therapist, doctor, or a teacher may use terms that you are not familiar with! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​...
01/25/2024

Sometimes 🧐 your speech therapist, doctor, or a teacher may use terms that you are not familiar with! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sometimes, we get ahead of ourselves and forget to explain along the way ➡️➡️

Have you heard a professional in your life talking about joint attention❓

Typically joint attention is developed prior to language! If your child is paying attention to the same thing as you at the same time… they have developed joint attention!! 🤗

If your child points to an object or shares with you what they are seeing… they have developed joint attention!

Or simply, if your child looks at the object you are showing them… they have developed joint attention🙂

An easy and fun way to see if your child has developed joint attention is to build anticipation and see if your child will look at you for continuity! Try ready, set….. GO! Does your child look at you to say GO?

What are some ways you knew that your child had joint attention?🫶

Brrrrrr! 🥶 Our winter themed games sure were popular these last few weeks! We hope everyone stayed warm and maybe even d...
01/21/2024

Brrrrrr! 🥶 Our winter themed games sure were popular these last few weeks! We hope everyone stayed warm and maybe even discovered a new, fun, indoor activity ❄️​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Do you have a favourite winter themed game? Share yours in the comments! ⬇️

4 Language Building Strategies that we 🫶 and recommend! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Trying language building strategies at home ca...
01/19/2024

4 Language Building Strategies that we 🫶 and recommend! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Trying language building strategies at home can never 🚫 hurt!

These are just a few strategies that SLPs may recommend for anyone who is concerned about their child's language development. 🩵

Let us know if you have any questions!

All therapists are different ❤️ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At Alberta Therapy Co. and Simon Says Speech there are a few therapy s...
01/12/2024

All therapists are different ❤️ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At Alberta Therapy Co. and Simon Says Speech there are a few therapy strategies that we hold near and dear to our values🫶

We want to make sure your family feels safe and welcome in our environment. We want to put your child first above all else☀️ so we can create meaningful and trusting relationships in our sessions!

What are some of your favorite strategies to use in sessions🤗

Does your child…. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​💭 Have trouble describing past events or putting them in order?💭 Use words in the wr...
12/10/2023

Does your child…. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​💭 Have trouble describing past events or putting them in order?
💭 Use words in the wrong order in sentences?
💭 Use incorrect grammar?
💭 Have difficulty finding the words they want to say?

These are some possible signs of verbal expression problems.

For more information book a free consultation with one of our speech language pathologists!

Did you know sleep fuels development?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In order to ensure our children are getting enough 💤’s to be read...
12/08/2023

Did you know sleep fuels development?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In order to ensure our children are getting enough 💤’s to be ready to learn, canadian guidelines suggest that:

👶 children 1-2 years old get between 11-14 hours of sleep per day.
🧒 children 5–13 years old get between 9-11 hours of sleep per night.
🧔‍♂️ children 14-17 years old get beween 8–10 hours of sleep per night.

🛏 Goodnight, sleep tight!

How many language skills can one app target? 🤷🏽​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SO MANY ‼️ My PlayHome is a great option for families t...
12/06/2023

How many language skills can one app target? 🤷🏽​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SO MANY ‼️ My PlayHome is a great option for families to use at home in combination with their session with their speech pathologist.

Want more information? Call to book a FREE 20-minute consultation with one of our SLPs 📞 (780) 441-1220

Time to think outside the toy box! 🧸🚂🪀​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sometimes it feels like you are playing the same game over, and ...
11/26/2023

Time to think outside the toy box! 🧸🚂🪀​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sometimes it feels like you are playing the same game over, and over, and over… When play starts to feel monotonous, I find these few tips do the trick🎯

✔️ Creative Play
✔️ People play
✔️ Body movement play

And it never hurts to ask!

Let us know some of your favourite games for when you are stuck in a play rut🛞

From worrying about if they will say their first word to if they’ll make a friend at school- Being a caregiver is hard w...
11/06/2023

From worrying about if they will say their first word to if they’ll make a friend at school- Being a caregiver is hard work! Let's take some time to focus on some positives!
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Drop a comment comment below ⬇️ and let us know: What about your child makes you proud?
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It's Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day! 💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀DLD is a common language disorder that affects child...
10/20/2023

It's Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day! 💜
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DLD is a common language disorder that affects children and even adults, although it's usually a hidden disorder. Here are some other facts about DLD you may not have known ⇩
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💜 There is no known cause for DLD, but it may be common in families
💜 DLD involves challenges with understanding language as well as speaking
💜 DLD affects reading and/or writing, and can be linked to dyslexia
💜 DLD is often misinterpreted as the child being inattentive or having poor listening skills
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Let us know if you have any questions about DLD!
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Though sometimes children have behaviours (obviously, they are kids) a lot of the time, they just don’t understand!!!​​​...
10/10/2023

Though sometimes children have behaviours (obviously, they are kids) a lot of the time, they just don’t understand!!!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I find it helpful to put yourself in their shoes 👞

How would you react if you did not understand what was being asked of you🤔

How would you react if you could not communicate how you feel🤔

Most of the time, children don’t yet possess the receptive language needed for direction, etc.

How can you help?🌈

🌈 model, model, model
🌈simplify your instruction/language
🌈offer visual aids
🌈provide prompts

Before saying that they do not listen, try listening to them🧏‍♀️

As a parent, care taker, or guardian, you know your child’s needs/wants without them using verbal language!! 🫣🫣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀...
10/07/2023

As a parent, care taker, or guardian, you know your child’s needs/wants without them using verbal language!! 🫣🫣
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How else can your child be communicating with you?
🤝 Leading you by the hand to something they want
👦 Looking towards you
👧 Moving their body when they like it or want more
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The strategies your speech language pathologist provides you may feel unnatural at first however once you learn, they’ll become part of your day to day communication with your little to help encourage them to learn new words/signs/gestures!
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The strategies work with time and practice 🫶
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Let’s talk 🗣️ Speech Therapists and their role in literacy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Literacy is written language🔠 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Speech langu...
09/09/2023

Let’s talk 🗣️ Speech Therapists and their role in literacy!
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Literacy is written language🔠
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Speech language pathologists are able, with their knowledge of language and it’s systems, to:
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✔️identify
✔️assess
✔️intervene
✔️advocate
✔️educate
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SLPs can directly help your child with their literacy needs
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indirectly help them while building other skills (through story telling or functional activities)
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Tell us about your 🫵 favorite book to read with your child!
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Minimal pairs are great for children struggling with phonological errors! 🔠​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Can your child hear the dif...
09/02/2023

Minimal pairs are great for children struggling with phonological errors! 🔠​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Can your child hear the difference between similar sounds? 🧏‍♀️

“pen” and “pan”
OR something more complex like
“babble” and “battle” 🦻

A great experiment is for you as a caregiver to practice saying a list minimal pairs and seeing if your child can identify them!

Latter vs ladder
Plotting vs plodding
Wetting vs wedding

And if you have any minimal pair questions, you know where to find us ❤️

☎️ 780-441-1220

What we mean when we say not all communication is verbal🌈🌈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Our SLP Lonneke in one of her sessions showing us on...
08/12/2023

What we mean when we say not all communication is verbal🌈🌈
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Our SLP Lonneke in one of her sessions showing us one of the many ways of communicating with this paper-based AAC💭💭
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Lonneke is teaching us how to use the communication device by modelling!
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Some of our favourite words to start with include:
“Like”
“On”
“Off”
“Hot”
“Yum”
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And so so many more❤️
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Have you met our newest SLP?🎉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Introducing Bridgit Patchett! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Bridgit values diversity and acceptance as ...
07/15/2023

Have you met our newest SLP?🎉
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Introducing Bridgit Patchett!
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Bridgit values diversity and acceptance as she builds meaningful connections with her clients!
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With team experience, we knew that Bridgit would be a perfect fit 🧩 for our team.
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Welcome Bridgit 🫶🫶
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