associated • speech • consultants

“Of all the life skills available to us, communication is perhaps the most empowering."

Brett Morrison

Our Goal

To make lives better with more effective communication.

We work with individuals/families/agencies to develop communication that works.

About Us

Associated Speech Consultants was founded in 1990 by Kathy Jo Simmie, M. Sc, Speech Language Pathologist.

Her mission was - and is - to provide opportunities for individuals with communication difficulties to have access to as much therapy as required. Working with occupational therapists, psychologists, teachers, social workers and physicians, Associated Speech Consultants has earned an outstanding reputation as a leader in the field.

Who We See

We see children and adults who have mild to severe communication problems. Disorders that are commonly seen include:

  • Articulation disorders
  • Apraxia
  • Autism
  • Receptive and expressive language disorders
  • Fluency disorders (childhood non fluency and adult stuttering)
  • Voice disorders for children and adults
  • Social language disorders
    • Group therapy is available for individuals requiring social communication strategies
  • Communication difficulties specific to hearing loss, cognitive impairment, and neurological conditions
  • Aphasia

What To Expect

Meet with therapist

As with any other relationship, personal or professional, the first step is simply to say “hello.” This allows the client and the therapist to get to know each other, and get a sense of the client’s needs and expectations.

Provide formal or informal assessment

If required, an assessment will be initiated at the individual’s first contact with a speech language pathologist. This takes place with one of our registered speech language pathologists. In cases where an individual has previously undergone treatment, the SLP will also review documentation of the client’s treatment history. The goal of this process is to establish a baseline upon which to build a program.

Create therapy plan / strategy

Making headway requires a clear roadmap. Based on the assessment, the therapist will tailor a program designed specifically for each client. Where appropriate, referrals to other specialists will also be made. During the course of treatment, the therapist constantly adjusts the program based on the progress and needs of the individual. Associated Speech works to stay abreast of the latest developments in the field - and incorporates new modes of treatment when appropriate. The therapy strategy may include individual therapy and/or group therapy.

Social language groups are available for both a Fall course and a Winter course for children between the ages of 6 and 20. Each session is comprised of 10 one-hour sessions over 10 consecutive weeks. An assessment is required prior to the student’s enrolment in the group. The groups are designed to assist children with the art of social interaction and communication.

Individual intensive programs are available in the month of July.

Provide interagency connections

In addition to individual clients, Associated Speech works with other professionals/agencies, including:

  1. School boards
  2. Hospitals / health regions
  3. Social services
  4. Individual psychologists, physicians, occupational therapists, social workers and teachers
  5. Private and public funding sources