Speech-Language Therapy

Shining Stars provides in-home Speech-language therapy. Shining Stars’ Speech-Language Pathologist, Wassim, has extensive experience working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He completed his Masters of Health Sciences (M.H.Sc.) at the University of Toronto – Faculty of Medicine Department of Speech-Language Pathology and was honored with the following:

– Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award
– Margaret L. Stoicheff Alumni Spirit and Leadership Award
– Program Representative at the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA

Wassim also supports the Speech-Language Department at the University of Toronto working as a Clinical Educator and volunteer supervisor. Here, Wassim provides guidance, training, and support to several graduate-level SLP students from the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. Also, he provides several opportunities for volunteers and undergraduate students, some of whom work as SLPs today.

Communication Expectations at each child’s level and when to consider Speech-Language Therapy?

Birth - 1 year

A child at this level may:

  • orient towards sounds, voices and their name being called
  • share emotions when engaged with others
  • use gestures, vocalizations, babbling and other physical movements to
  • communicate understanding, elicit reactions from others or communicate wants and needs.

1-2 year olds

  • pointing or gesturing in response to questions
  • Follow instructions to attend to items or tasks
  • receptively understands “more”
  • follows two-step instructions
  • uses 2-4 word phrases to express wants and needs

2-3 year olds

  • can follow three-step instructions
  • responds to basic questions and can sustain conversations using 2-3 word sentences
  • uses grammar appropriately by adding “s” for plurals and “ing” for verbs.
  • will verbally request help from others and this skill is understood by all who interact with the child

3-4 year olds

  • comments and ask for things using complete sentences
  • tell stories with a definitive beginning, middle and end
  • can use intraverbals (function, feature, categories and class of objects and events)

4-5 year olds

  • use words “but”, “because” and “and” in sentences
  • verbally describes past, present and future events
  • understands directional concepts (on/off, in/out)
  • follows instructions in a group setting

5-6 year olds

  • tells riddles and jokes
  • describes previous events (i.e. yesterday, tomorrow)
  • takes turns in conversations

We are delighted to meet you and your child. Contact us for a free consultation!