I thought I'd pop on to give a little update about how services are looking this fall and winter!
After a full summer of doing mostly backyard speech therapy, the snow and cold are here, so I've moved inside. I am primarily doing sessions through telehealth, and this is mostly working really well. I'm developing some new tricks and a toolbox of digital materials; we're keeping things short, focused, and fun. I"m learning lots alongside the SLP students I supervise at the University of Alberta, as they are also doing clinical placements on telehealth, and they are seemingly endlessly creative when it comes to activity design. There are some challenges, for sure—lots of my physical games don't translate well, and it can sometimes be hard to see and hear what a client is doing. When we're working on developing and practicing clear sounds, this can be especially challenging. Lots of the strategies I use for sound placement require me to use my ears and eyes as well as a variety of cues to help the client find the right things to do. In some cases I've found that this work simply has to be in person. So I am also seeing some clients in my home office, with plenty of precautions and a variety of PPE.
I've updated my 'Services and Fees' section to fully reflect what's happening here right now. There will be no Music Together Within Therapy groups until I can have a group of families singing together without masks, since it's so important in that program that we can sing, move freely, and also see each other's mouths.
I hope that, whatever this winter looks like for you, you are well, healthy, and finding moments of joy.
Tegan Hryciw, R.SLP
Speechie, musician, Mum to three littles. Wears many hats. Cares about communication and the things that bring people together.