Speech and language disorders affect children in a variety of ways including social and emotional impacts, in addition to difficulties with communication. Speech disorders refer to problems with the actual production of sounds, including difficulties with articulation (pronouncing certain sounds or syllables), fluency (including stuttering and stammering) and resonance or voice disorders (pitch and volume). Language disorders refer to problems understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas either receptively or expressively. Children might need speech-language therapy for a variety of reasons, including those struggling with hearing impairments, cognitive (intellectual, thinking) or other developmental delays, weak oral muscles, chronic hoarseness, cleft lip or palate, autism spectrum disorders, motor planning problems, articulation problems, fluency disorders or other difficulties.

We are pleased to be able to provide speech-language services at REACH. Kate Dixon, BSc, MSpPath, is available to assess and/or provide therapy services with students struggling with speech or language disorders. SLP therapy appointments are available in our North Vancouver office in 30 or 45 minute blocks Tuesday through Friday mornings. Follow up appointments can also be conducted via Skype and are available upon request. Fees for SLP services range from $80 - $140 per session. Some extended health plans cover some or all of the costs of SLP services, so it’s important for families to check for their provision of services with their extended health benefits provider.

Contact us for more information or to request a free 15 minute consultation.

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Kate Dixon BSc, MSpPath

Kate is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Orton-Gillingham Practitioner from Perth, Western Australia. Prior to relocating to Vancouver, Kate worked in private practice specializing in literacy and language-based learning disorders. Kate is passionate about education for teachers and caregivers, and has presented workshops across Perth on the process of reading acquisition and speech and language development. Kate also worked in the not-for-profit sector with people with disabilities, and volunteered as a mentor to young adults on the autism spectrum who were entering tertiary education. Kate worked as a Clinical Supervisor at Curtin University, and was an active member of the Language and Literacy Community of Practice of Western Australia.

Kate is excited to a part of the REACH team and to use her deep understanding of the way words and language work to support children in reaching their potential. Kate lives in Kitsilano, and you can usually find her outside exploring BC’s amazing outdoors.

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