Speech-Language Pathology Groups

SpeechWorks Inc. is currently running two Speech-Language Pathology groups: StoryTelling for adults with brain injuries including stroke, and Connect & Communicate groups for children and teens with autism. Please phone about Stroke Cafe, Dementia Cafe, the Voice Disorders group and the Vocal Fatigue group.

StoryTelling Speech-Language Pathology Group with Allison Baird

aphasia, group, speech therapy, apraxia, stroke, brain injury, dysarthriaIf you struggle to talk, practice will help you get better. It’s hard to practice, though, when you know what you want to say but can’t get it out. This group helps people who’ve had a stroke or brain injury to talk and understand, and to feel less lonely.

We’ll help you tell your story! We have tons of fun telling our stories and hearing everyone else’s. Speech-Language Pathologists and volunteers support everyone to help you get lots of practice talking. Even if you have difficulty communicating due to a brain injury (including stroke), you’ll be able to tell your story here!

Come have fun with us! We chat, learn and laugh together!

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.

$25 per session, or pay $200 in advance for 10 sessions!

Life After Stroke

The Life After Stroke Project was designed by Allison Baird and delivered by SpeechWorks Inc. It takes place through the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba. Please contact Stephanie at 204-231-2165 or phone SAM at 204-942-2880 if you are interested in participating or volunteering.

Connect & Communicate Speech-Language Pathology Groups with Stephanie Harvey

Connect & Communicate Speech-Language Pathology Groups

Connect & Communicate groups target skills that help children, teens, and young adults to talk and listen, and to get along with family and friends. They help children and teens with autism and related social language difficulties.

Does your child need help with specific skills? Connect & Communicate groups start with a one-on-one session to figure out what skills to target. Then we work on those specific skills in a group context! Young children with autism work on skills such as greetings, making comments and asking questions. They may also work on telling people about things they like, sharing information about their week, talking in small and large groups, and being friendly! Teens with autism may work on taking turns talking and listening, sharing feelings, giving specific answers to questions and self-advocacy. Older teens and young adults set their own goals for communication. Then they learn to find support to meet their goals, and how to evaluate their progress. Every group is different – each one is designed specifically for its participants.

Children love Connect & Communicate groups! They have so much fun that they don’t feel like they’re working on crucial skills! Parents love them because they celebrate participants’ strengths and interests, which helps them quickly learn the skills they need.

We always use direct teaching and visual support, but we don’t stop there. There is tons of practice in fun activities so that the participants don’t just learn what to do, they actually learn to do it! Volunteers provide support alongside the Speech-Language Pathologist so that we can target each participant’s needs. The groups are limited to 6 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.

Ready, Set, Go!
Social language mini groups for children with Stacey Misko

Stacey loves working with autistic people of all ages, including those whose attention challenges or anxiety affect their ability to communicate. She also enjoys working with individuals with apraxia and phonology. Stacey’s experience includes various populations including brain injury. Stacey has worked in rural and Northern Manitoba, including many years serving First Nations communities through MFNERC. Currently she delivers services via telehealth to Northern Communities involved in a special telehealth project with SpeechWorks Inc. In 1997 Stacey earned her BA in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She went on to complete a year at the University of North Dakota before completing her MSc in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2001. Stacey is actively involved in the autism community. She founded the Friending Facebook group, where individuals with social challenges can support each other. She is actively involved with the Family Advocacy Network.Does your child have trouble making and keeping friends? Do they get bullied? Or not “get” what other kids their age do? Do they seem awkward when approaching or talking to other kids?

In this program your child will learn the art of friendship. This group (just 2 participants with a Speech-Language Pathologist) is designed just for them.

We start with a one-on-one session. The Speech-Language Pathologist meets with you and your child, and gets to know your child’s needs, strengths and interests. We identify target areas and match your child with someone similar.

The next 4 sessions take place at SpeechWorks. To prepare the children for an outing, we develop a Social Story together, and also use direct teaching, coaching, role plays, video modelling and lots of practice! With older children, we explore why certain social norms exist. We go beyond role plays to explore not only what we expect to happen, but the “what if’s.”

The final session will take place at a location of the childrens’ choice in the community! Time to put our newly learned skills to use!

Your child will take home the social story that he or she helped make. Parents will be given tips on how to reinforce and practice skills, so that children develop social competence they can use at home, at school, and in the community.

We will find times that work for you! Five 1-hour sessions plus a final outing.

$400 (paid up front) for 5 weeks during the summer plus a final outing
(or $220 before session 1 and $200 before session 4).

Check your insurance to see if Speech-Language Pathology services are covered.

Let’s Go!
Social language mini groups for teens with Stacey Misko

Does your teen find socializing difficult? Does he or she get rejected or bullied? Are friends hard to make and keep?

In this program your teen will learn the art of socializing in a teen world. This group (just 2 participants with a Speech-Language Pathologist) is designed just for them.

We start with a one-on-one session. The Speech-Language Pathologist meets with your teen and gets to know their needs, strengths and interests. We identify target skills and to find your teen a good match to work on those skills together.

The next 4 sessions take place at SpeechWorks. To prepare the teens for an outing, we develop a Social Story together, and also use direct teaching, coaching, role plays, video modelling and lots of practice! We explore why certain social norms exist. We go beyond role plays to explore not only what we expect to happen, but the “what if’s.”

The final session will take place at a location of the teens’ choice in the community! Time to put our newly learned skills to use!

Parents will be given tips on how to reinforce and practice skills with their teens.

We will find times that work for you! Five 1-hour sessions plus a final outing.

$400 (paid up front) for 5 weeks during the summer plus a final outing
(or $220 before session 1 and $200 before session 4).

Check your insurance to see if Speech-Language Pathology services are covered.

Let’s Get Out There!
Social language mini groups for adults with Stacey Misko

Do you find social situations difficult? (You may be diagnosed with autism, but a diagnosis is not required to attend this program.)

You may find these skills challenging:
– making small talk
– knowing how much detail to provide in a story
– using eye contact
– taking turns in conversation
– knowing when someone is losing interest in what you are saying
– using or reading body language

This is the program for you!

You will learn to recognize your social strengths and work on the areas that are challenging for you.

You will start with a one-on-one meeting with a Speech-Language Pathologist to identify target areas.

The next 4 sessions are group sessions at SpeechWorks. Our groups only have 2 to 3 participants, to allow us to focus on the skills that are important to you. You can come with a friend or two, or we can match you with someone working on similar skills. We will explore how and why to communicate in the situations that are important to you – whether they’re at home, at work, at university, or in the community. We won’t just teach you techniques – you will get lots of opportunities for practice.

The final session will be an outing so that we can practice in a realistic setting!

$400 (paid up front) for 5 weeks during the summer plus a final outing
(or $220 before session 1 and $200 before session 4).

Check your insurance to see if Speech-Language Pathology services are covered.