About Shoreline

Shoreline’s clinicians strive to provide high quality, evidence-based care. As a team, we offer services to children and adults at Shoreline’s office, at nursing homes, and in clients’ homes. Services are available in English, French, Swedish, and Greek. Services in other languages are available with the assistance of an interpreter.

Values & Mission

Our Values

Excellence, integrity, evidence-informed practice, dignity.

Our Mission

  1. To provide high quality clinical services.

  2. To extend services currently available to adults and children with communication disorders.

  3. To contribute to knowledge about communication disorders among the public and other health professionals.

Our Clinicians

 
 
 

Pamela Coulter, M.Sc., SLP-Reg, Reg(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Coordinator

pcoulter@shoreline-speech.com | (902) 219-3065

 

Pamela provides clinical services to adults and children at Shoreline. She has worked in the field of speech-language pathology since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trent University, an advanced certificate in Interprofessional Stroke Care from Ryerson University, and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Dalhousie University. She is Clinically Certified with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.

 

In addition to her clinical work, Pamela has been involved with Georgian College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant program since 2008 as both an Instructor and Field Placement Monitor. 

 

Pamela’s clinical interests are in the following areas:

  • services for older adults

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • stroke (aphasia, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, cognitive-communication)

  • dementia

  • stuttering (adults and children)

  • voice

  • childhood/adolescent speech sound delays and disorders

 

Pamela provides assessment, consultation, and treatment services at Shoreline’s office. She also does site visits to nursing homes in Dartmouth, Halifax, and Eastern Passage.

 

Pamela has additional training and certification for the following:

  • Lidcombe Program for stuttering

  • Trained in PROMPT

  • LSVT LOUD Certified Clinician 

  • Hanen Certified Clinician: Learning Language and Loving It, Teacher Talk, It Takes Two to Talk 

  • PECS Level 1 Training

Professional Activities

  • Co-author for "Eating and Swallowing: Description, Assessment, and Intervention" in "Dementia: Person-Centered Assessment and Intervention" (2nd ed.), E.M. Hickey & M. Bougeois (Eds.), 2018, Routledge

  • Subject Matter Expert at Parkinson Canada Mind Over Matter Conference, April 13, 2019, Halifax, NS

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

Availability for appointments: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am to 8pm

  • Saturday from 9am to 6pm

Myrto Brandeker, PhD, SLP-Reg, Reg(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist

mbrandeker@shoreline-speech.com | (902) 405-7856

 

Myrto offers speech and language services to children of all ages. With over 14 years of combined experience of clinical work, research, and teaching, she provides high-quality, research-based care for various developmental language disorders as well as specialized assessments of reading and writing difficulties. Myrto has a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University, focusing on language development in bilingual children, and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the Karolinska Institute. She is Clinically Certified with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada. She has extensively taught students in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University as well as students in Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. In addition to English, she is fluent in Swedish and Greek. Myrto is a Professional Member of the International Dyslexia Association.

 

Myrto’s clinical interests are in the following areas:

  • developmental language disorders in children and adolescents

  • reading and writing difficulties in school-age children

  • language or social communication difficulties in children with suspected or diagnosed autism spectrum disorders

  • bilingual language development

  • childhood/adolescent speech sound delays and disorders

 

Myrto provides assessment, consultation, and treatment services at Shoreline’s office.

Professional Activities

  • Sessional Instructor at Dalhousie University in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

  • Research Lab Coordinator at Dalhousie University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Availability for appointments:

  • Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 7pm

  • Saturday from 9am to 3pm

Jennika Soles, M.Sc., SLP-Reg, Reg(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist

jsoles@shoreline-speech.com | (902) 405-7855

 

Jennika provides services to both adults and children in English and French. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuropsychology from Brock University, a Master’s degree in Neurology from McGill University, and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Dalhousie University. 

 

Jennika offre des services de communication, de rééducation de la parole et de réadaptation en français et en anglais pour les enfants et les adultes. Elle a effectué son dernier stage pour le programme d'orthophonie à la Clinique interprofessionnelle de réadaptation à l'université d'Ottawa, où elle a employé des stratégies d'imagerie mentale et de conscience phonologique pour aider ses jeunes clients avec la lecture et la compréhension de texte.

 

Jennika’s clinical interests are in the following areas:

  • neurological conditions (aphasia, apraxia of speech, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, cognitive-communication)

  • reading and writing difficulties in school-age children

  • childhood speech sound delays and disorders

 

Jennika is available to provide treatment at Shoreline’s office and in clients’ homes in Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Halifax, Fairview/Clayton Park, and Bedford.

Professional Activities:

Availability for appointments:

  • Tuesday 9am to 5pm

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12 to 8pm

  • Saturday 9am to 5pm

Our Clinic

Shoreline Speech Therapy is located at Paddlers Cove on Lake Banook in Dartmouth. The clinic is in unit 206 on the second floor of the building. Information about how to find the building is located here.

One of our clinical rooms is available for rent by other health professionals on a part time basis. It is best suited for use by psychologists, counselling therapists, or clinical therapists. More information is available here.

 
 
 
 
 

Referrals

 

Clients may be referred by their family physician, audiologist, neurologist, early childhood educator, or other health/education professional. Clients can also self-refer without a professional.​

Commonly Asked Questions

What is a speech-language pathologist?: Speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) are the health and education professionals qualified to evaluate and provide care for people with communication delays/disorders. This includes assessing someone's difficulty with saying sounds and words (including stuttering), verbal expression, voice production, understanding what others say, cognitive-communication skills, interaction/social skills, reading, and writing. At times this includes diagnosis of a specific speech or language delay/disorder. After an assessment, an S-LP will provide recommendations; this may include some form of treatment or periodic reassessment to monitor a child's communication development or a client's maintenance of their gains. 

To do clinical work in Nova Scotia, S-LPs must have a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology or its equivalent. Prior to entering a Master's program, they will have completed a Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g., psychology, linguistics, neuroscience). Some S-LPs later go on to earn a Doctoral degree to advance their skills in conducting research.

 

As of November 2019, S-LPs must be licensed to practice with the Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NSCASLP). The purpose of the College is to protect members of the public by regulating who is entitled to practice. Only those licensed with NSCASLP may practice speech-language pathology or provide "speech therapy". Many S-LPs also choose to be clinically certified with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC), the national professional association for S-LPs and audiologists. To be clinically certified with SAC, an S-LP must pass a comprehensive knowledge-based exam and provide evidence of ongoing continuing education.

 

When would a parent want to consult with an S-LP?: You may wish to contact an S-LP if your child isn't meeting communication milestones for their age, has begun to stutter, has been diagnosed with autism, was born with Down Syndrome or cerebral palsy, is having communication difficulty following a head injury (including concussion), or is having persistent difficulty learning to read. If a parent is concerned, it's often with good reason. An initial assessment and consultation can provide assurance that your child is developing typically, give you access to professional advice specific to your child, or alert you to the need to start intervention. It is important to note that among health and education professionals, that it is S-LPs who are qualified to diagnose communication delays and disorders. This includes instances such as when a young child is exhibiting possible late language emergence ("late talker"), has started to stutter, or is suspected of experiencing delayed or disordered speech sound acquisition. It also includes the identification of children who may have developmental language delay or a reading deficit. In the case of reading deficits, it is important to understand that although S-LPs can identify and treat "reading and writing deficits", that "learning disabilities" (e.g., "dyslexia" - a type of reading deficit that impacts a child's learning) must be evaluated and identified by a psychologist

When would an adult want to consult with an S-LP?: There tends to be a low level of awareness of adult communication disorders among the general population and even many health professionals. This is often because persons with these conditions have disabilities in expressing themselves - thus, with sharing their experience with others. Often, adults with communication disorders are socially isolated. Additionally, communication disability is frequently "invisible". If someone has a problem with mobility and uses a walker or wheelchair, for example, it's easily noticed. If somebody has a communication or other cognitive issue, however, it is not readily noticed unless you interact with the person, and sometimes, not even then. Nevertheless, these communication difficulties (whether mild or severe), can have a substantial impact on a person's quality of life, independence, social life, academics, and employment. S-LPs work with adults who have survived a stroke or head injury (including concussion), were born with a condition that affects speech and language (e.g., Down Syndrome), have communication disorders that emerged in childhood and have persisted (e.g., stuttering), or have developed a degenerative condition (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease). With assessment, an S-LP can identify a specific communication disorder (e.g., Broca's aphasia, hypokinetic dysarthria), develop a profile of a person's strengths and areas of difficulty, and offer individualized recommendations. Recommendations may include strategies to optimize communication with an individual, caregiver training/coaching, or direct treatment.

Shoreline Speech Therapy

Paddlers Cove

300 Prince Albert Rd., Suite 206, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4J2

info@shoreline-speech.com

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