Aboriginal Speech and Language Program

Babies and young children grow, learn and change so quickly. These early years are an important time for learning to talk, listen, and play with others.

The speech / language pathologist at Laichwiltach Family Life Society provides services to children from birth to school entry (0-5 years).

babe-eatingA speech/language pathologist is someone who can help children:

  • To say words clearly
  • To use longer sentences
  • To understand what other people are saying and follow directions
  • To play with other children
  • With talking more fluently (stuttering)
  • With hearing loss, and
  • With feeding/swallowing difficulties.

Every child and family situation is unique and so the services provided may look different for each child.

There may be home visits, office visits, small group or one-on-one therapy sessions at HeadStart or daycare, as well as consultation with preschool staff and other health care providers.

Speech / Language Therapy services are provided to preschool children of Native ancestry and their families who live in the following areas:

  • Campbell River
  • Gold River
  • Tahsis
  • Quadra Island, and
  • Cortes Island

Anyone can make a referral to this program – including parents, child care providers, preschool teachers, nurses, doctors, etc.

If you have questions or concerns about a child's speech sounds, language, social communication, or feeding skills, please call Kathleen O'Neill , Speech/Language Pathologist, at 250-286-3430, extension 135.