Oh dear, it's been awhile since we've written a blog post! I suppose it has been a busy year, since last summer. We have all needed to make some unexpected shifts, such as learning virtually, wearing masks more often, and figuring out how to be social while still keeping our distance. Though not always comfortable, with change comes growth, and that is what we are all about here at GrowSLP!
It has been wonderful to be able to offer alternatives to in-clinic sessions during this time, and we have explored both online and outdoor learning, as well as home-education kits that parents can do with their children to support speech and language at home. We are still offering in-clinic services for now to those who may not benefit as much from telesessions.
There are a few new changes coming down the pike, and I'll list them off here!
First and foremost, our biggest change is that we are now offering feeding support to clients and families dealing with sensory food aversions. We use the S.O.S. method of introducing new foods, and are happy to offer a gentle, non-behavioural approach that will incorporate play, gross motor, as well as feeding time. Feel free to get in touch for more information about this program!
Another change is the introduction of more outdoor therapy activities, now that the weather is warming up again. I mentioned above that we have explored this as an alternative to in-clinic therapy due to Covid-19 risks, and it has actually opened a lot of doors for us! (no pun intended. ;) ) There are so many goals that can be worked on in a park or playground setting, or even on a walk around the neighbourhood. I've got a post waiting in the wings with some great ideas for how to incorporate SLP goals outside, but until that comes out, you can take a look at a similar post I wrote last summer on the topic. If you are curious about outdoor speech therapy or want to give it a try, let us know!
I also wanted to bring your attention to our Twitter and Instagram pages, as we've been more active there than on this blog. So, if you're looking for therapy tips or GrowSLP updates, check there often!
Thank you for reading, and as always, happy communicating!
Carla Monteleone & Deborah Carter own and operate Grow Speech and Language Therapy in Vancouver, BC