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Every child is their own individual, unique person with something to communicate in this world.

Holistic, collaborative, play-based speech-language therapy that involves both the child and their family

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About

Hi, I'm Daria Gates, Licensed Speech Language Pathologist

With over eight years of experience servicing children ages 1-12 with special needs in a school, through Early Intervention services, and within her own private practice, Daria approaches every child with compassion, empathy, and a whole lot of energy!  

Speech and Language Services with Daria

Working with Daria starts with a conversation about your child. Knowing that every child has their own specific strengths and challenges, Daria will make an initial recommendation of how to get started, with complete transparency on timing, services, and fees. 

Initial Evaluation

In-Home / Clinic-based Therapy

Teletherapy

Parent Training

Consultations & Reports

School-based Professional Development

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Expertise

Daria is trained in several specialized treatment methodologies and approaches spanning various communication needs:

  • The Hanen Centre's It Takes Two To Talk  parent training 

  • PROMPT Therapy

  • Social Thinking 

  • SOS Approach to Feeding

  • D.I.R. Floor Time

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports

  • High Scope

  • Sounds in Motion

  • Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing for Speech Motor Learning

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Children Served

Daria has experience working with a range of populations and children at various levels of communication development:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Social Communication Disorder

  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS

  • Global Developmental Delay

  • Mixed Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder

  • Executive Functioning Disorder

  • ADHD

  • Language-Learning Disability

  • Learning Disability

  • Speech Sound Disorder

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Hearing Loss

  • Prader-Willi Syndrome

What Parents  Are Saying

“Daria is friendly and easily approachable. She is also an incredible teacher and a communicator, showing us more effective ways of getting my daughter to talk with [an AAC device] and without the help of the AAC device.”

Kira M.

“My son is now 4 and a half, and I don't know where we would be without all her work. Our son's speech is night and day to before; it's amazing to see him talk and have the confidence that he didn't have before.”

Dana and Lance M.

“Daria is a dedicated professional who comes to feel more like family. We adore her. Her style is easy going and her methods fun so that they didn’t even realize they were 'learning'.”

Kim B.