Speech & Voice Therapy and Accent Reduction
Discover the power of your own voice. Challenge yourself to move beyond communication barriers. We are a small practice making a big impact on helping you speak and communicate effectively.
Contact us today to find out more about how speech and language therapy can help you or your loved one.
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 (CSHHPBC) 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, 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 realize that choosing a Speech Language Pathologist (S-LP) can be difficult for many adults and children as we work closely together, and some styles and personalities may conflict. I would like to briefly share my style of therapy and general approach so that you can make the best decision possible when choosing an S-LP.
Firstly, I believe that when working with children, relationship is very important and so I value this above all else. My young clients must enjoy coming to sessions or I am not doing my job properly. I may use play or semi structured activities, but I do not use a very rigid approach. I improvise and adapt based on the child’s present level of ability. With teens and adults, I allow them to direct the pace and course of therapy. They identify what they need help with and then we work collaboratively to achieve this.
With clients of any age, you will find that we laugh a lot and do not take things too seriously. I want my clients to be playful and inquisitive when trying new or perceptually difficult things. It is remarkable the changes one can achieve when they feel accepted and supported just as they are. I look forward to working with you, whatever your needs may be!
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.
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.
Communication Skills or Swallowing Rehabilitation for Individuals with an Acquired Brain Injury – Clients may include those with Parkinson’s or who have suffered a stroke. We collaborate with other community professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Dieticians, and Neurologists as indicated.
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.
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.
What is the cost of therapy?
Typically, the process starts with an initial consultation, where the client’s difficulties are identified through assessment, interview, and observation. The initial consultation is $140.00. Following this, therapy sessions are $125.00/hour or $75.00/half hour. Clients may be covered for a portion of these funds through their extended health plans. Please check into your personal plan for details. Please note that we do not bill insurance directly but do provide you with a detailed invoice/receipt.
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?
Yes, although we no longer work in early autism intervention. However, we can provide intervention and assessment for school aged children who may also have a language-based learning disability or who require intervention for articulation challenges. We have additional training and a special interest in developing reading comprehension skills – including areas such as vocabulary, social inference, and theory of mind.