Group Programs

SpeechWorks Inc. is currently running 3 group programs: Stroke Café, StoryTelling and Connect & Communicate groups for children and teens. Allison Baird, SLP, is also the project manager for the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba’s Life After Stroke Project. Please phone to ask about Dementia Cafe, the Voice Disorders group and the Vocal Fatigue group.

Stroke Café
with Allison Baird

Communicate better, even years after a stroke. Share news articles with a small group of other adults who have difficulty speaking, understanding, reading or writing. We can help you find your words!
This group program combines one-on-one coaching with the challenge of talking to a small group. A coach (Speech-Language Pathologist or volunteer) will help you understand what you read. Then you will prepare and practice a short report. Finally, you will share your report with the group – with your coach’s support.

Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 on these dates.
$44 per session. Pay for 10 sessions in advance and get the 11th free!

StoryTelling
with Allison Baird

Let us help you tell your story! We can support people who have difficulty communicating due to a brain injury (including stroke).

Come have fun with us! We chat, learn and laugh together! Practice conversation skills in this relaxed group program.

Our participants love this program! Gerry, one of our participants, said “I’m improving all the time. Without this (program) I wouldn’t talk.”

We meet at SpeechWorks Inc. on alternate Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:30 on these dates.

$28 per session, or pay $220 in advance for 10 sessions!

Life After Stroke
with Allison Baird

Allison is the project manager for the Life After Stroke Project, which takes place through the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba. Please contact Allison at 204-231-2165 or phone SAM at 204-942-2880 if you are interested in participating or volunteering.

Connect & Communicate Groups
with Stephanie Harvey

Children love Connect & Communicate groups – they have so much fun that they don’t realize that they are learning important skills! Parents love them because these groups celebrate children’s strengths and interests, which helps them quickly learn the skills they need to connect and communicate with others.

Connect & Communicate groups target the specific social language skills that individual children are struggling with, but in a group context! These are the skills that help children to get along with their families and friends. The younger group works on skills such as greetings, making comments and asking questions, telling other people about things we like, and sharing information about our week, and talking in small and large groups, as well as being friendly! The teen group works on skills such as balancing talking and listening in a conversation, sharing feelings, giving specific answers to questions and advocating for themselves. Some teen groups even set their own goals for communication, and learn how to find the support they need to meet their goals, and how to evaluate their progress. Every group is different because the intervention is designed to meet the needs of specific participants.

We always use direct teaching, visual support, and lots of practice in fun activities to help participants learn. Adult volunteers and same-age peers provide support alongside the Speech-Language Pathologist so that each child’s needs can be targeted. The groups are limited to 8 participants, which allows for lots of practice and tons of fun!

Participants may have Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger Syndrome, but they do not need a diagnosis to participate.

Sign up for the spring groups:

children 8 to 14 years old
5 Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:00

May 20 & 27 and June 3, 10 & 17

teens 13 to 19
5 Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30
April 13, 20 & 27 and May 4 & 11

5-week program fee $400

There is a one-time assessment for new clients so that we can get to know their needs. The assessment takes approximately one hour and the fee is $110.

Please check your health insurance to determine if Speech-Language Pathology services are covered.