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At Home Speech & Language Therapy

Just Peachy Speech provides accessible home-based speech and language services straight to your door in Annapolis Valley. Services are provided by a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP). Reach out today to help your child achieve their communication potential!

Thank you to everyone for reaching out and inquiring about my services. Unfortunately, I am unable to take on any more clients at this time. If you are looking for more immediate services, please visit: https://www.novascotiaslp.com

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Services

Just Peachy Speech provides exclusively home-based speech and language therapy and assessments. Services are offered to preschool and school-aged children in the Annapolis Valley. Just Peachy Speech uses high-quality, research-based strategies to help children reach their communication potential!

Disclaimer: I do not offer/provide private services to students attending Cambridge and District Elementary School, Coldbrook and District School, Central Kings Rural High School, Kingston District School, Dwight Ross Elementary School, and Middleton Regional High School. 

Why choose at home therapy?

When therapy takes place in a familiar environment, clients are more likely to retain new information and feel more confident with the skills they learn. Home-based service also eliminates the stress that families often endure racing to and from appointments. I work with other healthcare providers to provide the most comprehensive care for all of my clients. 

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About the therapist

Jenny Rafuse, M.Sc., Reg-SLP, S-LP (C)

My name is Jenny Rafuse (formerly Slauenwhite) and I am a  certified/licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with both Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and the Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NSCASLP). I earned my Master's degree in Speech Pathology at Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Psychology degree from Acadia University. I work full-time in the school system and is passionate about working offering accessible speech-language services to families in the Annapolis Valley. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of communicative challenges and disorders across the lifespan. I offer limited part-time private services (outside of my school circuit CDES, CDS, CKRHS, DRS, KDS, MRHS). My scope of clinical practice includes the following speech therapy treatment areas:

  • speech/articulation difficulties

  • motor speech problems/apraxia of speech

  • receptive language (comprehension) difficulties

  • expressive language difficulties

  • reading and writing difficulties

  • assistance and implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

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articulation

Are your child's sound errors developmentally appropriate? Speech refers to how we say sounds and words. It includes articulation, which refers to how we make speech sounds using the mouth, lips, and tongue. Speech sounds develop at different times and sound errors can impact how well your child can be understood. Phonological processes are patterns of sound errors that typically developing children use to simplify speech as they are learning to talk. 

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language

Are they able to answer 'wh' questions, follow directions, and express their thoughts/ideas/needs?  Language refers to the words we use and how we use them to share ideas and get what we want. It is generally divided into two categories: receptive language (understanding what others say) and expressive language (sharing your thoughts, ideas, and feelings).

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Reading

If your child struggling with reading, we can help identify why and provide targeted intervention. Children with speech and language delays often have difficulty with literacy skills (i.e. the ability to read and write at grade level). Before students are ready to read, write, and spell, it is important to develop phonological awareness skills. Phonological awareness is the ability to hear the sounds that make up spoken words. These skills are important because they provide students with the essential building blocks for reading and writing.

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AAC

AAC is short for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and includes any mode of communication that is not speaking with your mouth. AAC includes high-tech and low-tech communication devices, sign language, picture exchange systems, strategies, and tools that replace or support natural speech. We have experience working with and setting up the following AAC devices: Speak4Yourself, Proloquo2go, GoTalkNow, PODD, and PECS,

Contact

Talk to Jenny today to discuss your concerns and treatment options. Schedule a free phone consultation to determine whether speech-language therapy is right for your child.

September - June

Tuesday & Wednesday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

902-824-4300

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