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Valerie Cundiff

North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Website

http://bumblebeespeech.com

Phone Number

778-867-0395

Email Address

vcundiff@bumblebeespeech.com

Bio

*NOTE: Now offering TELETHERAPY for children age 3 and under experiencing LANGUAGE DELAY. This is a collaborative approach with a parent (mobile coaching) and evidence based. Please see website for more exciting details! In-person services suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. Please read below about my philosophy and how I will hope to return to supporting families in person once it is safe to do so. I absolutely love working with the infant, toddler, and preschool populations (early intervention), particularly language delay and articulation, and have primarily worked with youngsters and their families in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years. I typically conduct therapy sessions in the child's home, as this is a familiar, comfortable, natural setting for the child which fosters generalization of skills and also allows me to provide strategies to empower parents to facilitate their child's communication skills during their everyday activity and routines. Sessions may also be able to be conducted in the child’s daycare or preschool setting or a combination of home and preschool. Toys, games, crafts, and books (which promote both early literacy and speech/language skills) are used for play-based therapy; after all, children learn through play! I believe that each child is unique and can learn and have fun while doing it. Let me motivate your child, bring out their best and help them to feel proud about their accomplishments! Past experience volunteering in the NICU as a baby cuddler (with premature infants) at BC Children’s Hospital gave me the opportunity to learn from other disciplines as well as impart my knowledge of how important communication is in its many forms: through singing, reading, talking, and touch.

Field of Practice

Speech-language Pathologist

Disorders Treated

Apraxia/DyspraxiaArticulation of Speech/Speech Sound DisorderLanguage Delay/Disorder

Taking New Clients

Yes

Age Groups Treated

Less than 6 years

On RASP list

no

Languages Spoken

english

Will Travel / Distance

Yes - up to North Shore Vicinity and also short term contracts to underserved/remote areas of BC considered

Specialties / Services Provided

Early Intervention; Language Delay/Disorder, Phonological and Articulation Disorders *During COVID-19 I will be focusing my practice on children and 3 and under with language delay using the medium of teletherapy, with emphasis on mobile coaching and collaboration with parents or caregivers, however there will be some engagement with a child (using my favourite children’s books!)to target pre-literacy skills. Children that are language delayed have a higher risk in the early elementary years with reading and writing, so I will work with your child and demonstrate the strategies that work! Coaching is a large part of in-person sessions but the advantage of mobile coaching is that you immediately get to practice these. We will work together as a team to plan activities within your routines and with toys you already have. See bumblebeespeech.com and lets get working together! In-person services are suspended until further notice but I look forward to working with you and your child in the home again once it is safe to do so.

Provides Teletherapy?

Yes

Other Professional Practice / Service Information

I am registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC) and am certified by SAC and ASHA. I serve families on the North Shore (North Vancouver, West Vancouver), in their homes and in some cases a child's preschool or daycare setting (or, a combination of both). Short term contracts to serve the preschool population in underserved and/or rural areas of BC also considered. *Note: all in-person visits suspended due to COVID-19. Please Visit bumblebeespeech.com to learn about teletherapy options and how I can help your child age 3 and under who may be experiencing language delay. Contact me through the website for a free consultation!