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Speech, Language, & Voice Therapy

Discover the power of your own voice. We are a small practice making a big impact in finding your own unique communication style.

Contact us today to find out more about how speech and language therapy can help you or your loved one.

ABOUT JACQUELINE

I graduated in 2008 from the University of British Columbia with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. I am currently registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHBC) as well as both our provincial and federal organizations (Speech and Hearing BC, Speech Audiology Canada). In my spare time, I enjoy music, playing the piano, drawing, nature, and homeschooling my two children.

I have previous experience working in both the private and public sectors, including child development centres, health units, hospitals, and private elementary schools. Finally accepting that I never quite fit in to any of these settings (I am an introvert, free spirit, have chronic big picture thinking, and loathe copious meetings and administrative detail), I started my own private practice. My goal was to help people who were truly motivated and willing to make changes to overcome communication challenges, as well as to use my own personal strengths and interests in my profession. Voce Sola is latin for Solo Voice – it is my hope that each of my clients will find their own unique voice and will have the courage to speak, sing, and laugh freely. I look forward to working with you!

SERVICES

We can provide in person or online services via Telehealth. We work with school aged children (aged 5 years+), adolescents, and adults, addressing the following areas:

Speech Delays or Articulation Disorders – Lisps, /r/ therapy, unclear speech.

Voice – Voice hygiene; improving harmful vocal habits affecting speech and singing; rehabilitation of vocal function following an injury. We collaborate with other professionals in this area such as Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists and Physicians as indicated.

Stuttering – Difficulties communicating due to disfluent speech paired with negative emotions/attitudes.

Foreign Accent Reduction – For clients whose first language is not English and who desire to improve their speaking skills for personal or professional reasons. Please Note: Clients who are interested in foreign accent reduction may click here to access the free Compton P-ESL Online Screening.

Myofunctional Therapy – Focused on improving the musculature and coordination of the lips, tongue, and jaw during speech and swallowing; additionally, remediating harmful oral habits such as tongue thrust and/or thumb sucking.

Language Delays Related to Learning Disabilities – Among school aged children, this may include difficulties using more complex oral language, difficulties with reading comprehension, limited vocabulary, or delays in storytelling or problem solving.

Diagnostic Assessments – We can provide detailed and comprehensive speech and/or language assessments that can be accompanied by a formal report if requested. We have experience providing speech and language testing as part of the diagnostic process for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Please note that for ASD cases, we do not offer subsequent therapy following a diagnostic assessment; however, we will give you recommendations and resources to seek out a qualified Speech Language Pathologist to work with your child.

FAQ

How do services typically begin?

The process begins with an initial consultation, where the client’s difficulties are identified through assessment, interview, and observation. Following this, a therapy schedule and goals are discussed with the client or family. Alternatively, more assessment may be needed to more accurately identify the client’s needs. Speech and language therapy may be conducted weekly, biweekly, monthly, or simply on a consultative basis.

Clients may be covered for a portion or all therapy services via their extended health plans. Some clients may also access funding through Autism Funding or the At Home Program, if eligible. Please note that we do not bill insurance directly but do provide you with a detailed invoice/receipt for reimbursement.

For comprehensive speech, language, or voice evaluations, which are accompanied by a formal report and recommendations, please email us directly for pricing as costs will vary depending on your needs.

My child/teen has a lisp. How long will this take to fix?

Most lisps, or difficulty with the /r/ sound, can be remediated in 3 – 6 months of weekly therapy and home practice materials; however, there are always exceptions to this time frame. Some children require more/less time, depending on the severity. If there are suspected contributing factors, such as a restricted tongue or compromised airway, the S-LP may refer you to a dentist or Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist (ENT) during the therapy process

I am a teen/adult who stutters, and I have hidden it from many people and am reluctant to seek out speech therapy. What can I expect from a session?

Think of the S-LP as a guide helping you to approach your stuttering with a different attitude, from fear to acceptance. You will become more aware of what happens to your body before, during, and after a moment of stuttering and we will work to help you communicate in an easier, more relaxed way. All sessions are completely confidential as we have strict regulations through our provincial college regarding client privacy.

Can I change or improve my accent?

Yes, with persistence and practice, you will be able to change your pronunciation of English sounds. Please note that a foreign accent is NOT viewed as some type of disorder or impairment but, rather, it is merely a by-product of speaking more than one language. Individuals may want to reduce his/her accent for business or personal reasons and want to feel increased confidence and ease when communicating.

Do you work with children with Autism? What is your approach?

Yes, we can provide intervention and assessment for adults, adolescents, and children who may also have a language-based learning disability or who require intervention for articulation, social, or voice challenges. We have additional training and expertise in developing reading comprehension skills – including areas such as vocabulary, social inference, and theory of mind.

We work from an approach of client centred care and empathic interaction. We do not subscribe to rigid behavioural models or cookie cutter programs which can often overlook the client’s unique strengths, challenges, and most importantly, what the Autistic person wants our help with. We do not treat Autistic individuals as ‘broken’ but, rather, as human persons needing support with navigating the complex social world while understanding their own gifts. We may use some less conventional yet evidence based methods including drama, art, and voice techniques to support confident communication. We may also use more traditional speech/language methods such as modelling, direct instruction, role play, narrative techniques, and parent training.

Voce Sola Speech Therapy - Langley, BC

CONTACT

Jacqueline Bowater, MSc., RSLP

jacqueline@vocesola.com

Suite 206 – 20226 Fraser Hwy. Langley BC V3A 4E6

Office: (778) 366 – 9802        Cell: (604) 614 – 8369