Talking Tots

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In a playful and relaxed environment, parents/guardians will learn how to best support their young children in their language development. Parents will learn evidence-based language facilitation strategies to boost their child’s comprehension and expression of language. This is also a great opportunity to meet other parents. 


Each of the six sessions starts with a group presentation, followed by time for parents to practice applying strategies during play with their child. Parents will have turns to receive individual support and advice from a speech-language pathologist (plus another S-LP or S-LP intern). This program is open for parents with children age 6-24 months, at all levels of language development (children who are typically developing or who have a known or suspected language delay). The program includes written material and lists of resources.

In each block there is space for 8 pairs (1 parent/guardian and 1 child).

Session Topics


Session 1: Understanding how children develop language

Sessions 2-5: Language facilitation strategies

    Session 2: Language showering

    Session 3: Helping your child to initiate

    Session 4: Expanding

    Session 5: Using books to facilitate language

Session 6: Late talkers, language delays, and next steps

This program is breast-feeding-friendly.

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Professional Fees

$124.64 + HST

Professional fees are due at the time of registration and are for the full program. Missed sessions are not refundable after the start of the program. It is expected that those who register will commit to attending all 6 sessions. 

Cancellation policy: For cancellations made at least two weeks before the start of the program, 100% of fees will be refunded. Only 50% of the registration fee will be refunded for cancellations made within the two weeks preceding the start date of the program.

Shoreline accepts e-transfers and personal cheques. We do not currently accept debit and credit card payments.


Lead Facilitator


Myrto Brandeker, PhD, SLP-Reg(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist


Myrto is Shoreline's lead in providing services to children and adolescents with language delays and disorders. With over 14 years of combined experience of clinical work, research, and teaching, Myrto provides high-quality, research-based care for children with 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.

Myrto is the lead facilitator for our Talking Tots program. As the lead, Myrto delivers the presentation at each session and coaches participating parents in cooperation with the supporting facilitator.

Supporting Facilitator

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Pamela is Shoreline's lead in providing services to children and adolescents with speech sound delays/disorders and those who stutter. She also works with children with language delays and disorders. She has worked in the field of speech-language pathology since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trent University and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Dalhousie University. She is Clinically Certified with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.

As the supporting facilitator, Pamela coaches participating parents in cooperation with the lead facilitator.


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