Talking toddler on the phone

Talking toddlers can have a wide variety of ability. Do you ever wonder if your toddler is on track with their speech and language development?

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada has outlined some things to look for with talking toddlers.

 

18 to 24 months:

Talking toddler learning animal names

  • Understand more words than he/she can say
  • Say two words together (e.g., More juice)
  • Ask simple questions (e.g., What’s that?)
  • Take turns in a conversation

24 to 36 months:

  • Use sentences of three or more words most of the time
  • Understand different concepts (e.g., in-on; up-down)
  • Follow two-part directions (e.g., take the book and put it on the table)
  • Answer simple questions (e.g., Where is the car?)
  • Participate in short conversations

Talking toddler playing with mom

If you’re concerned about your toddler’s speech and language development, we can help!

Assessment and treatment of speech and language delays and disorders are now offered at the clinic with Jill Morgan!

With summer coming to a close, this commonly finds people craving routine. Summer is a fabulous time for cold treats and less structure around mealtimes (wiener roasts at any time of day, road-side lunches, and last-minute-what-do-we-BBQ dinners). With school and sport activities set to start, there’s a real desire to get our food situation back into a routine – and I’m here to help. Let’s dive into sport nutrition.

Dietitians specializing in sport nutrition are required to combine multiple knowledge and skill areas to support growing athletes. This includes clinical nutrition (i.e., medical history, prescription and non-prescription medications, blood work, growth history, food symptoms, etc.), nutritional science (i.e., metabolism, micronutrient, macronutrients, food science), and exercise physiology (i.e., how metabolism is affected by exercise). No matter the level of competition, recreational to high performance, I’m passionate about working with young athletes to develop nutrition habits. Not only to support their sport performance but also encourage healthy growth and development.

Young athletes engage in sport for a variety of reasons: socialization, mental well-being, competition, physical activity, and fun! I think sport can be an excellent platform for young athletes to begin to get curious about food and motivated to fuel their bodies with quality foods.

Have you wondered what a sport dietitian can do for your young athlete? Here are some ways I can help:

  • Do you know your child/teen isn’t getting enough energy (calories), carbs, protein, and fat to support their training but are unsure where to start?
  • Never mind food, does your child/teen get enough fluids throughout the day, especially on game day or heavy training days?
  • Is your young athlete disinterested in grocery shopping/food-prep/cooking and missing the link between food and performance?
  • Is your young athlete consistently injured/ill throughout his/her competitive season?
  • Maybe you have a picky eater, or do food intolerances/allergies make meal planning and snacking difficult in your household?
  • Do you have concerns about your young athlete’s growth and development?

The recent slow-down brought to us by the global pandemic has demanded that we all press “pause”. Depending on the sport, things may have continued seamlessly or come to a complete halt. Or perhaps you’ve landed somewhere in the middle and you’re making less trips to the rink and spending less time commuting. With sport conditioning and training occurring less frequently, now is a great time to seek professional support to help your young athlete reach his/her goals.

Heather is passionate about working with individuals to find the perfect plan to improve health and perform at their best. Originally from Regina, Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Science from the University of Otago (New Zealand). In New Zealand, Heather was a private practice dietitian, consulting for the Otago Rugby Union and the Otago ITM Cup rugby team. In her role she was responsible for one-on-one nutrition assessment, body composition analysis, group education sessions, cooking classes, and menu-planning for travelling teams. Upon returning to Canada in 2014, she has worked with a variety of sporting groups including soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and hockey. She’s located at Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness, and offers in-person and virtual services on Wednesday afternoons.

 

 

I am truly grateful for the amazing team we have at Warman Physio. Through all the COVID changes we have been able to work together and make the necessary changes (nearly) seamlessly. We are so thankful for our amazing clients that have been understanding and accommodating with all the new policies and procedures. Without the support of our community we wouldn’t be able to continue to function during these stressful times. However, we all know life doesn’t stop and issues don’t resolve because of viruses! Those that have been hoping for an SLP right here in Warman are in luck!

Welcome Jill Morgan SLP!

We are thrilled to be bringing Jill to the team at the clinic to work along side our therapists. She is kind, understanding and compassionate with her clients and passionate about what she does!

About Jill and Custom Speech Therapy:

Jill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders.  She is a registered practicing member with SASLPA, and holds memberships with SAC and ASHA.  She has been a practicing Speech Pathologist for over 10 years.

Jill has spent the majority of time serving children under age 6 with a variety of needs. From very mild speech and language delays to more significant developmental delays and complex medical needs. She also has experience working with older children and teens.

Originally from Saskatoon, Jill has an understanding of the unique challenges that exist in Saskatchewan with so much space and a small population.

“I find the variety in this work fascinating and rewarding. I believe strongly in the important role of caregivers. Supporting parents and caregivers to use the strategies taught in therapy increases the benefit of each appointment.” – Jill Morgan, SLP

What is an SLP?

A Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) helps enhance speech, language, interaction and feeding skills.

Expect to hear more about SLP and when it is appropriate to seek her services at the clinic!

To book an appointment contact Jill directly HERE

Thank YOU!

In a blink we are nearly into June 2020. Halfway through the year. Nearly half of that time spent in a pandemic. Feels weird to some days be “ok” while others feeling like you can barely hold it together long enough to get through that next task.

It has felt like from the moment we announced the clinic closure to in-person care March 18 we have been consistently adjusting, moving, re-planning. Through it all we have been forever grateful to the community and our clients for your understanding and grace you have given us during this time. I don’t think we can ever over-state how deeply we appreciate your support during these many transitions!

In-Person Care

Although things are still seeming to be ever changing, we have settled on some specifics for those that are appropriate for our in-person appointments we are providing for Physiotherapy & Massage services at this time.

  1. Ensure you have completed your online COVID screening questionnaire and re-book if you are feeling at all unwell
  2. When you arrive please stay in your vehicle! Our team will call you when they have your personal waiting room ready
  3. We are required to have everyone who enters the building to wear a mask (please bring one with you to your appointment)
  4. There will be hand sanitizer available for you to use once you enter the building
  5. The bathrooms at this time are closed to public use
  6. Contact-less payment is preferred whenever possible

*Please note that depending on the type of appointment you are scheduled for, your therapist may have differing levels of PPE on

 

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

At the clinic the therapists and staff have access to approved PPE for all levels of available services. This means various levels of equipment will be used for different treatment types, in addition to personal protective measures that each therapist feels necessary to take for their own/family safety.

You will always see your therapists and staff in a mask if they are unable to remain physically distanced (this includes Laura until our fancy new sneeze guard comes!) – which of course will be the case for any in-person/hands on appointments. You may also see: protective eye wear, a gown/specific lab jacket (we have special ordered some), and/or gloves.

It must be noted that at this time we are not completing any assessment or treatment intraorally. This means that until further notice appointments for TMJ will not be able to evaluate the muscles within the mouth. We can however, still provide assessment and treatment of any additional factors that would be related to the neck and external to the mouth!

 

Why are we so diligent?

We are so fortunate to have such understanding clientele at the clinic, and haven’t had any issues with our new protocols and procedures. It is important that we ensure that our clients understand why it is important that we follow the guidelines, are honest in our COVID screening questionnaires for a couple main reasons.

1) There are hefty fines for not following the proper protocols

Businesses that do not comply with the government or association guidelines are at risk of fines up to $250,000. We have been so grateful to persevere through this pandemic to date. Fines during this time not only for our business, but any business, could prove catastrophic for any business.

2) We need to protect those that are at risk that are coming in to provide care

There are some individuals at the clinic that are at-risk themselves or have family members that are at greater risk for COVID.

Although I am a generally private person, I have felt that now is the time to let our clients and community know that I have been diagnosed and started treatment for cancer. COVID has thrown a real wrench in the entire process and brings a new element to have to navigate during an already challenging time. As many people know, my dad has leukemia and has for years so I am very familiar with the increased protective measures required for a compromised immune system during a typical flu season. I am confident in our team’s ability to navigate these uncertain times and continue to provide the high level of care that we have become accustomed to.

~Haylie Lashta

Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, the clients, and the community. We appreciate that we are all working together through these processes.

Thank you for choosing us to help you, help yourself!

The Saskatchewan Government announced the plan to re-open Saskatchewan on April 24 at 11am. We are so grateful to have been included in Phase 1 and Phase 2 with the services provided at the clinic. Many of our clients and community members reached out and flooded us with calls, emails, and messages asking what the plan was. We are happy to have an initial first announcement of our re-opening plans available.

Waiting patiently for the regulations from our licensing bodies after the announcement was difficult but necessary to ensure that we are able to meet the required protocol changes at the clinic in order to re-open. We will continue to monitor the requirements, as they are continually changing as well!

We will note that at this time we are still awaiting guidelines for the Massage Services. Once we have this information we will evaluate the ability to provide services and what the time line looks like. At this time all counselling and nutrition services will remain virtual services only as well.

Slow and Steady

We have been working diligently since the announcement to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) and creating policies and procedures to ensure that we meet, and exceed, the standards set. The health and safety of our clients, community, and staff are of the utmost importance. We are taking this re-opening seriously, ensuring that we are moving slowly, making significant adjustments, and allowing for as much physical distancing as we can allow.

This being said, physiotherapy and massage are a hands-on in-person appointment. If you are coming into the clinic we will be unable to maintain physical distancing. Having appropriate PPE and sanitization protocols between each client is how we will be mitigating the risk of the inability to maintain social distancing. We have been providing telehealth appointments to our current client base for over a month, and we are confident in the quality of the service that can be provided remotely to our clients. With the indication that physical distancing options are still considered the best options we will continue to have a primary focus on telehealth options. Telehealth services will remain a permanent offering at the clinic and will be utilized extensively during this time of re-opening in combination with in-person appointments as needed.

Just because we are permitted to re-open doesn’t mean it will be back to business as usual for us. There are going to be some significant changes moving forward, and some of these changes may remain well into the future.

What to Expect

Prior to booking an appointment you will be asked to complete a screening tool to determine the best-fit assessment/treatment option. This will help us to determine who is going to be seen in-person and who is ideal to be seen remotely. Having strict guidelines will ensure that everyone will receive the most appropriate and safest option for booking at this time. Once you have been deemed appropriate for in-clinic care you can expect to see the following measures in place:

  • Everyone will receive a COVID screening questionnaire via email prior to their appointment
  • Clients will be asked to wait in their vehicle and not come into the building until after your therapist calls you; they will ask you the screening questions again prior to entering the building
    • Should a client not pass the screening questionnaire they will not be permitted in the building
    • It is paramount for the health and safety of our staff and community that everyone answer the questions truthfully
  • Prior to entering the building please put on your face mask
  • Upon entering the building the client will sanitize hands appropriately
  • Your therapist will have all appropriate PPE in place and has been trained and tested on their ability to don and doff PPE
  • The therapist will guide you as to what PPE is required of you prior to your appointment
  • At the end of the appointment you will be able to pay online, or utilize the tap function on the machine at the clinic
  • Please do not attend an appointment if you are feeling sick or unwell
  • At this time the clinic will not be providing public washroom use
  • We are encouraging anyone who has the option to come alone to please do so, however, we understand that there are some limitations to this
    • If the client must come with additional individuals, the COVID questionnaire needs to be filled out for each person attending the facility

How we are protecting you

In addition to our usually stringent cleaning protocols, personal hygiene, and overall cleanliness, we at Warman Physio want you to know some of the additional measures we will be taking:

  • The door will be locked between clients to reduce the amount of foot traffic in the clinic
    • Contact us via phone (306-373-9355) or email (info@warmanphysio.com) to discuss booking an appointment
  • Clinicians will be completing the COVID questionnaire prior to coming into the clinic and will be unable to work if they are unsuccessful at completing it
  • Proper PPE has been procured and will be utilized appropriately throughout the appointment
    • All staff and therapists will be trained and tested in their ability to don and doff PPE properly and can instruct their clients in appropriate usage as well
  • The therapists are spreading out appointments to allow for physical distancing; there will be no overlap in clients in the clinic to allow for a complete sanitization of the common spaces
    • This may lead to some delays despite planning in advance and providing additional time between appointments, please be patient as we figure out the best practices!
  • All unnecessary items will be removed from the counter surfaces
  • We are only allowing scheduling of therapists at specific times and in specific combinations to allow for physical distancing
    • This may mean that until further notice that you may not be able to schedule appointments with different providers back to back as we are typically accustomed
  • At this time there is a significant increase in required PPE to provide appointments for TMJ and pelvic health. As such these appointments  will not be appropriate for in-clinic care at this time

Cautiously Optimistic

We cannot express enough how much providing care to our community and returning to in-person services means to us. We have been missing the connection and interaction that comes with in-clinic care. Of course we hope that the re-opening of Saskatchewan goes smoothly and we are able to maintain a controlled spread; and we understand the role that we play in making this dream a reality. Should there be indication or recommendation that we must again eliminate in-clinic care we of course will follow any and all recommendations. Knowing that our community supports us in our slow re-opening has been a huge weight lifted off our shoulders and for this we will be forever grateful.