Hi There! 

Welcome!  Small Talk Communication Consultants is a privately owned and operated speech and language therapy clinic in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Headed by Katie Zirk, M.Sc.,S-LP, we offer services to children from preschool through high school.  We provide group training and consultative services to parents, community programs and early childhood centers. We are certified Hanen Trainers for Learning Language and Loving It.

Katie's expertise in mentoring and training for caregivers and teachers has been recognized with contracts with the Ministry of Education and SaskPolytechnic. 

Everyone’s needs are different. At Small Talk Communication Consultants we provide services based on the belief that everyone can learn and that everyone should be given the opportunity for reaching their potential. Our mission is  " to help all children reach her or his potential."  Through skilled assessment, careful planning, direct services, collaboration, education and mentoring, we help families and caregivers make the most of their child's gifts. We work with schools, day cares, and community based programs to develop plans which support a child's development.

We have a great deal of experience working with children whose communication deficits affect emotions and behavior.  We enjoy working to unravel the complexities of expressive language, comprehension, processing and social language disorders.  

Over 30 years of experience working in urban, rural and First Nation Schools as well as residential treatment program serving at risk youth, has provided opportunities to develop a broad skill set.  Therapy is carried out with an understanding and respect for cultural differences. 

For children with speech and language disorders and difficulties life can be challenging.  With targeted assessment, goal based therapy and a little work, together we can make it easier. Together we develop program plans that will allow for therapies to go beyond our time together and into everyday situations in the real world. 

 
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Passions 

• Articulation/Phonology
• Autism
• Child Language
• Learning Disabilities and Literacy
• Early Years Intervention
• Child Care Centre Professional
• Development and Facilitating Language
• Language Learning Disabilities
• Social Language Skills

Not sure what you're looking for? Let us know, together we can figure out a what is the best way forward.

Dollars and Cents

Payment is accepted in the office by cash or cheque or e-transfer at time of treatment. Rates are $110.00 per hour.  

Payments for initial appointments must be made at time of requesting the appointment. 

Receipts are only issued in the name of the person receiving the treatment and are dated for the appointment time and date.  All receipts are issued either under a SASLPA  speech therapy licence.

Can I find funding for Treatment?

Many private and workplace benefit plans include Speech Therapy coverage. Please check your plan or contact your insurer to see if Speech Therapy treatments are included in your coverage.

Cancellation Policy

When scheduling an appointment, a treatment time is reserved for you. Should you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment I require at least 24 (business) hours notice. With the exception of family emergencies or winter road conditions, charges will be issued. 

A late arrival will result in a shortened treatment billed at the cost of the originally booked appointment. 

People are talking...

I love working with Katie! I have been blessed to have worked alongside her over the years providing treatment to children requiring both speech therapy and occupational therapy.

Katie has a wealth of knowledge related to speech and language development and her fun and relaxed manner instantly puts children and families at ease. What I admire most is her ability to relate to families and look at the big picture! By working closely with families she determines what is most important for the child and his family and how they can work on goals within their day in a playful and functional way.

Katie cares deeply about supporting her clients and is always looking for additional ways to access more community resources in order to “wrap around” families.

I am so excited for families that get the opportunity to work with Katie! Without a doubt they are in excellent hands!
— Dyan Roth Occupational Therapist

Credentials

Licensed Member Saskatchewan Association of Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist (SASLPA)

Licensed Member Speech Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)  

Hanen Certified Trainer: Learning Language and Loving It

Next Steps

Ready to chat? Please contact us to request an intake form. Once an intake form has been completed and returned you will be contacted to discuss the next steps.

If you're new to this or simply have concerns about your child’s communication skills feel free to give us a shout below to find out the best way forward.