LDS Speech Language pathology

We offer speech language pathology (SLP) for students who experience difficulties with speech, languagecommunication, and cognitive skills.

Our Speech Language Pathologist will work with you and your child to establish student-centred goals. Using evidence-based methods, we will create a speech therapy program for your childensuring that sessions are fun, motivating and goal-oriented. 

Our Speech and Language Pathologist can clinically assess and treat your child in the following areas: 


  • Sound disorders (understanding how sounds work together to form words) and the production of speech sounds such as lisps or R/L sound issues 
  • Speech issues that are secondary to hearing loss


  • Verbal and non-verbal receptive (our understanding of what is said to us) and expressive language skills (using language to convey what we wish to say)
  • Integrating literacy challenges and learning 
  • Social language skills  
  • Language issues that are secondary to hearing loss


  • Social communication, awareness and interaction skills that tie in with emotional regulation

Cognitive and Executive Functions 

  • Logic and reasoning skills, problem-solving, task initiation, impulse control, emotional regulation, planning and organization, and flexible thinking skills
  • Issues related to attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Issues related to Autism
  • Issues related to traumatic brain injuries

Aural Rehabilitation

  • Issues related to hearing loss 
  • Support in speech, listening, and language 

Social Language Group

 Our Social Language Group is a social group run by our certified Speech-Language Pathologist, where students develop and practice social language skills through games and interactive activities (e.g. board games, cooperative games) with peers of similar age and social language abilities. Skills that will be worked on include; following conversational rituals, learning how to extend the conversation rather than just responding , reading and/or using body language, and more.


The next cohort of the Social Language Group will start in September 2022. The age group of this cohort will be determined by those who register their interest with us. Please fill out the SLP application form to register your interest, and we will be in touch when we can confirm the program. We require 3-4 similar aged students with aligned language needs to begin a new cohort of the program.

Meet Our Speech Language Pathologist 

Penelope (she/her) holds a PhD in speech language pathology with a focus on speech rehabilitation for people with hearing loss from the University of British Columbia. She completed her Masters in Speech Language Pathology at Western Washington University.  

In her roles as a teacher, clinician, professor, and researcher, Penelope is aware of the challenges facing all stakeholders and people with diverse ranges of abilities. She is excited to be part of the LDS team, to think out of the box, and to collaboratively create novel approaches to changing the lives of people with learning and communication differences. 

Read her full bio on Our Team page.

Who is the program for?

For children and youth aged 3 to 18 who have difficulties with speech, language, communication, literacy, and cognitive skills. Please fill in our application form for a screening assessment with our SLP to identify if your child is a good fit for the program.  

The intake and assessment portion of the speech services offered at LDS is a complex and thorough process that can take anywhere from 1 to 5 hours. In the reporting process following the assessments, our SLP will develop a report and/ or a goal sheet for your child. 


Where are SLP sessions offered?

We will conduct a screening and the initial parent training in person at our East Vancouver Learning Centre at 3292 East Broadway and Rupert.

Remote sessions are available, subject to assessment by our SLP.


When are sessions?

3Initial intake and assessment and ongoing therapy sessions are by appointment with our qualified speech language pathologist.

Available times are:  

  • Thursday  1:30pm – 7:30pm 
  • Friday 1:30pm – 5:00pm  

    SLP sessions are $115 per hour with a sliding scale fee model offered to families in demonstrated need to ensure our services are accessible to all families.

    As with any clinical service, assessment, report / goal writing and active treatment are all billed hourly. 

    Internal bursaries may be available for families who qualify. A current (last tax year) CRA Notice of Assessment (NOA) or equivalent from another jurisdiction will be required.


    Please see our Funding Page under Resources for more information on third-party grants and qualification criteria.

    Please note that currently, these sessions are not able to be invoiced to the Autism Funding Unit, but they may be covered by your extended healthcare (this is not something LDS can help you determine, please contact your healthcare provider).


    Email us or call us at 604-873-8139


    Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and funders who make it possible for us to provide bursaries and affordable programs.

    If you would like to contribute to our bursary fund, please consider making a monthly or one-time donation via our Giving Page. 

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