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Speech Language Pathology


The Kootenay Family Place Speech Language Therapy Program assists children in developing their communication skills.  The SLP is interested in a child’s understanding of language; spoken language; speech skills (articulation, voice, fluency); eating skills (chewing, sucking, swallowing); hearing; gestures and body language.  SLP’s explore strategies for helping children communicate more effectively and to develop the best language learning environment.  If a child is slow to talk, the SLP may explore other ways for a child  to communicate, such as; gestures/signs, pictures or voice output communication skills.

Kootenay Family Place Speech Therapy Service goals are:
  • To provide integrated early childhood services to improve the general well being and optimal functioning of children and their families
  • To assess and treat: receptive and expressive language skills, social aspects of communication, articulation, oral motor skills, feeding skills, voice quality and fluency.
  • To increase community awareness and education of communication development in young children

How do I get services? 

Children can be referred for services by their Physician, Public Health Nurse, Child Care provider, or by the parent themselves. 

Who qualifies for services?

The Speech-Language Pathology Program serves children from birth through entry into Kindergarten.  The S-LP Program serves families in the greater Castlegar area as well as Silverton, New Denver and Nakusp.

Referral Forms:

Click on the link below for a referral form:



Where do the services take place?

Services can take place at Kootenay Family Place Neighbourhood House in the therapy room, or they could take place in a different setting, depending on the family's needs.

What happens in therapy?

Once a referral has been received, an Initial Consultation with a SLP is scheduled.  During the Initial Consultation, the SLP will gain information on the child’s developmental level and skills based on talking with the family, on observing the child in a play-based setting and through more formal assessment procedures, if required.  Based on information gathered at the Initial Consultation we will decide, with the family, on what type of services may be required.  An essential component of SLP services is to involve the family in the therapeutic process.  Families help to determine type and level of service and what goals are to be focused on during intervention.    

One type of service that may be provided is ongoing direct therapy, either individually or in a small group.  Direct therapy intervention typically occurs on a weekly or bi-monthly schedule for a specific period of time.  Direct therapy occurs through play based experiences and builds on a child’s strengths and interests, as this is how children learn best.  Goals are determined based on the child’s strengths and needs and on family priorities.  Therapy begins where a child is successful and builds upon successes to help a child gain new skills. 

Another type service that may be provided is ongoing consultation with family and caregivers.  The SLP provides information and resources to assist families in developing an environment that will enhance their child’s communication skills.  Consultations typically occur monthly.

Children may also be seen on a periodic basis for monitoring and follow-up to determine if they are continuing to develop their communication skills as expected for their developmental age. 



Gent Harrison M.Cl.Sc. SLP    
fax 250-365-5792


Kootenay Family Place
767 11th Ave – 2nd floor


Monday-Wednesday and every second Thursday 8:30-4:00



Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists

British Columbia Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Apraxia Kids

Speech and Language Developmental Milestones