At Speech & Language Matters we use a developmental therapeutic approach. Integral to our model is understanding our clients individual differences and the impact those differences my have on the child’s ability to communicate, relate and learn. Our intervention programs are designed to be unique to each client and programs are adapted and changed as our clients develop. We use a play based approach to therapy and capitalize on the child’s interests to support communication, speech and language development during natural interactions. Parents are considered to be an integral part of the therapeutic process and we maintain a strong commitment to supporting and collaborating with parents.
Amanda Binns is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and PhD candidate with the University of Western Ontario. She began her career working in a private practice, seeing a wide range of clients in schools, hospitals, and in-home settings. She then went on to work as part of a multidisciplinary team who collaborated on a parent coaching treatment efficacy study published in the international peer-reviewed journals Autism and JADD. Amanda is a certified Expert DIR Speech Language Pathologist and has been a Training Leader in the DIR/Floortime certificate program since 2010. She supported the role out of the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative and worked as a Self-Regulation Consultant under the direction of Dr. Stuart Shanker at TMC, The MEHRIT Centre.
Her current clinical practice includes working with children and families using a combination of trans-disciplinary parent coaching, reflective parent meetings, and direct therapy. She also provides ongoing professional support to teachers, designing classroom curriculum and individualizing programs for students.
Amanda has developed training curriculum and presented to professionals locally, across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Russia on a variety of topics including: how play contexts impact children’s engagement and communication, DIR/Floortime principles and practice, supporting communication development, the importance of play and interaction for young children, self-regulation, and coaching/supporting parents to become part of the therapeutic process. Audiences have included parents, clinicians, teachers, early childhood educators, medical professionals, and government officials.