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  • Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. Vancouver BC.Canada
  • Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. Vancouver BC.Canada
  • Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. Vancouver BC.Canada
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What's New

Columbia Speech and Language Services Welcomes Crystal Johnson, Registered Clinical Counsellor!

January, 2015 - We are thrilled to announce the addition of Crystal Johnson, Registered Clinical Counsellor to our team of consultants!  Crystal's unique training background as both a counselling pyschologist and speech-language pathologist make her the perfect fit to provide counselling services to our clients. She is passionate about supporting the complex emotional and psychological needs of people and families who are dealing with communication disorders and related health concerns.

For more information about Crystal, visit to read her full bio, or call our office today at 604-875-9100 with questions or to book an appointment.

Fun at the BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Conference!

October 25, 2014 - S-LP associates Karen Salamon, Jayme Carvey and Ramanjit Bains had WAY too much fun at the BC Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists annual conference this past weekend in Vancouver!  (Karen -white sunglasses, Jayme - blue hat, Ramanjit - black glasses and red nose.) Our S-LPs are constantly learning new techniques to stay on the cutting-edge of treatment.  They attended sessions on evidence-based practice in autism, speech sound disorders, stuttering, voice therapy, apraxia of speech and swallowing therapy, to name just a few.  Thanks to the conference organizers (including Ramanjit, who was on the organizing committee) for a fabulously fun and informative two days! 

Clinic S-LPs present at Canadian Stroke Congress!

October 7, 2014 - We were delighted to participate in the Canadian Stroke Congress, which took place this year in Vancouver on October 4th to 7th. This is the third year we've had the opportunity to present some of our work with people with aphasia at this Congress, which is the largest gathering in Canada of various stakeholders in the stroke community.  Pictured here are Columbia S-LP consultant, Alisa Ferdinandi, clinic director Wendy Duke, along with Megan Sutton of Tactus Therapy Solutions.  Our two presentations, both of which involved successful collaboration with Tactus Therapy, focussed on the use of technology in aphasia therapy.  For more information about aphasia therapy, please visit

Clinic Director Presents to Providence Healthcare

September 16, 2014 - Clinic Director Wendy Duke was asked to present by the Providence Healthcare Speech-Language Pathology Department on the topic of "Plain Language Reporting for Speech-Language Pathologists".  She provided her expertise on how to write reports that are easy to understand by clients, families, other medical professionals and fee payers.  Wendy is always thrilled to be able to share her experience and knowledge, and was grateful to have been approached by her colleagues at Providence!

Columbia S-LPs Exhibit at WorkSafeBC Conference

September, 2014 - Clinic Director Wendy Duke and S-LPs Karen Salamon and Alisa Ferdinandi had a great time exhibiting at the 10th annual WorkSafeBC Health Care Professional Conference in Vancouver.  A huge hit at our booth were the stress-ball squeezies - in the shape of giant lips!

Clinic Director on Breakfast Television!

June 24, 2014 - Columbia Speech and Language Services Director Wendy Duke was on Breakfast Television this morning with former client Tammy Kivi discussing Stroke Awareness Month.  Wendy and Tammy discussed the warning signs of stroke and importance of continued rehabilitation.  Way to go, Wendy and Tammy! Watch the video here:

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

May 1st, 2014 - Visit our FaceBook page to learn about our promotions for May!  Throughout the month, we will be holding draws for people who "like" our fB page for prizes.  We'll also be posting interesting links, videos and articles regularly during May.

Clinic Director presents to Ontario SLPs

March 14, 2014 - Clinic director Wendy Duke presented to a keen and enthusiastic audience of speech-language pathologists at the Ontario SLP Stroke Network Conference in London Ontario. Her presentation was on a novel way to set goals and measure progress when treating people with aphasia. Aphasia is a language impairment caused by damage to the language areas of the brain, such as from stroke or brain injury. For more information on aphasia, see our sister website,

Columbia SLP Anna Findlay on RASP list

March, 2014 - We are pleased to announce that our consultant SLP, Anna Findlay, is now on ACT-BC's Registry of Autism Service Providers.  For eligible childen with autism, speech therapy services provided by Anna will now be covered by the Ministry of Child and Family Development's Autism Funding Program.  She joins our consultant Riley Rosebush in having this designation.

Next Vancouver accent reduction program to start in late March!

March, 2014 - Our consultant speech pathologist and accent training specialist Tracey Jalovec is putting together an accent modification course for later this month.  It will run on Tuesday evenings, beginning March 25th.  The course is designed for business professionals who want to learn accent reduction techniques to improve English pronunciation and increase confidence in speaking.  For information, contact or 604-875-9100604-875-9100

27 years for our Vancouver foreign accent reduction program!

March, 2014 - This Spring marks 27 years since clinic founder Wendy Duke launched Columbia Speech and Language Services, Inc. by bringing to Vancouver western Canada's first ever accent modification course using speech therapy techniques.  Since then, Duke has developed programs in two of her other areas of passion - stuttering treatment and acquired brain injury, including intensive aphasia treatment - as well as paediatric programs, LSVT for people with Parkinson's disease and speech therapy for children with autism.  By applying speech therapy techniques to accent reduction training, Duke was something of a maverick in 1987!

"Accent reduction exercises and accent modification techniques are greatly enhanced by the knowledge of speech pathologists," says Duke, who adds that "our Vancouver accent reduction course provides us with a great opportunity to work with bright people from around the world who understand the importance of good communication skills!"

Our SLP Riley Rosebush is now on the RASP

January, 2014 - Congratulations to our consultant speech pathologist Riley Rosebush, who successfully applied to be on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) list.  Because of the designation, for eligible children with autism, speech pathology services provided by Riley can be covered by the Ministry of Children and Family Development's Autism Funding Program.

Our team presents research at the Canadian Stroke Congress!

October, 2013 - Our team member, SLP Ramanjit Bains, along with Clinic Director Wendy Duke, had a successful and fun trip to Montreal where their poster presentation on the use of "Goal Attainment Scaling" in the treatment of people with chronic aphasia was well received!  Goal Attainment Scaling is a method of setting and monitoring treatment goals in a highly individualized and practical way.  Our team uses this system for both our weekly aphasia group and also iTAWC, our annual intensive aphasia treatment program.  Ramanjit and Wendy also got to meet many other SLPs from across Canada and the US who are also interested in treating people who have had a stroke.  And, of course, no trip to Montreal is complete without a visit to Schwartz's Deli and the many fine bagelries in town!

Clinic Director Wendy Duke is awarded "Honours of the Association" by BCASLPA!

October, 2013  - We are so proud that our Director and Clinic founder, Wendy Duke, has been acknowledged by the BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists for her career contributions and leadership within the field of speech-language pathology.  Wendy has pioneered private practice in our field, while also developing new and successful programs for stuttering treatment, aphasia treatment, community-based rehab for people with brain injury, foreign accent reduction, and more. She has also been a leader in clinical education, having taken practicum students from UBC and other universities since the early 1980s.  For the past four years, Wendy has also been teaching in the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. Way to go!

We've Moved!!!

March 1st, 2013 - After almost 20 years in the same location, we have moved our Vancouver office down the hall from our old office to suite #1305 in the Fairmont Medical Building. Our new office features a dedicated children's space complete with bean bag chairs, a comfortable reception area, more than twice the space of our old office and a stunning view of the North Shore mountains! We hope to serve you soon at the new Vancouver office or at our West Vancouver office.

iTAWC Presentation at ASHA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia

November 2012 - The results of the pilot program for iTAWC (Intensive Treatment for Aphasia in Western Canada) were shared internationally at the recent annual conference of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) in Atlanta, Georgia.  Clinic Director Wendy Duke appreciated the chance to share the latest techniques regarding aphasia therapy with other like-minded speech-language pathologists. She, and fellow Columbia Speech speech-language pathologist Allison Haas, also appreciated the southern fried chicken at "Miss Pitty-Pat's Patio"!

Novel Approach to Treating Clients Who Stutter Presented at ASHA in Atlanta, Georgia

November 2012 - Many of the clients of our intensive stuttering treatment clinic, like so many Vancouverites, have ties abroad. This makes it difficult to provide follow-up services if they move elsewhere for work or school. To address this problem, Columbia's Jayme Carvey ran a four month pilot project to investigate the feasiblility of having graduates of our stuttering clinic join a group refresher program via Skype. Unfortunately, the results of the pilot were unsatisfactory for the practical reason that the clients involved were living in such widely diverse time zones around the world that it became impossible to find a "meeting" time that all were able to attend.  Despite the outcome, Carvey, along with clinic director Wendy Duke, decided to share the results with their colleagues at the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention in Atlanta Georgia in November 2012. "It is important that we share not only our successes, but also our challenges with our colleagues," says Duke.

Columbia Director Shares Aphasia Program Results at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Calgary

October 1, 2012 - Clinic Director Wendy Duke travelled to Calgary to do a presentation regarding the results of iTAWC (Intensive Treatment for Aphasia in Western Canada) at the Canadian Stroke Congress.  iTAWC, a speciality clinic of Columbia Speech and Language Services, Inc., is the only intensive aphasia treatment program in western Canada and has been generating lots of interest from the stroke-recovery community. The presentation was well received and Duke was very pleased to see that speech-language pathology services from across the country were so well represented at this year's conference.

Columbia Therapists Present at Brain Injury Conference

February 2012 - Alisa Ferdinandi, Wendy Duke and Ramanjit Bains successfully presented a poster at the recent 22nd Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference in Vancouver. The focus of their presentation was on the outcomes of the pilot project run by Columbia Speech and Language Services, Inc. for Intensive Treatment of People With Chronic Aphasia. Results of the pilot project indicate that the program is an effective, viable treatment for people with chronic aphasia, pronouned "uh FAY zha" - an impairment of speech and language most commonly resulting from stroke. Because of the success of the pilot program last year, we are currently accepting registrations for our upcoming Intensive Aphasia Treatment Program, which will once again be held on the beautiful UBC campus!

West Vancouver Speech Therapy Office Now Open!

February 2012 - We are excited to let you know that our new office is now open to serve the speech therapy needs of our clients on the North Shore!  Our office is located at # 1 - 1718 Marine Drive.  (Please note that this is between Starbucks and the Bank, down the lane known as "Little Wall Street".)  Appointments and enquiries are through our Vancouver office phone, 604-875-9100604-875-9100 or our email  We hope to see our North and West Vancouver clients there soon!

Columbia Stuttering Program Featured in Vancouver Sun Article

August 18, 2011 -  Columbia client Darryl Osborne and speech-language pathologist Patrick Byrne were featured in a Vancouver Sun article about Darryl's experiences with Columbia's 10-day intensive stuttering clinic.  Click here for a link to the story.

Columbia Welcomes Speech Pathologist Clinton Tsang!

February 1st, 2011 -  We welcome the arrival of Clinton Tsang to our team of speech therapy experts. Clinton sees both children and adults and can provide Cantonese and Mandarin Speech Therapy.

West Vancouver Speech Therapy Clinic to Open Soon!

We are pleased to announce that, later in 2011, we will be opening a clinic to serve West Vancouver and North Vancouver speech therapy needs. Check back here for details. After 24 years in Vancouver, Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. will be also serving the speech therapy needs of North Shore residents.

Columbia Speech Client and Therapist Featured on CKNW Radio

January 29th, 2011 - Kate Semyanova, a graduate of Columbia's intensive stuttering treatment clinic, and Columbia founder Wendy Duke both appeared on "the Morning News with Jill Bennett" to discuss their reactions to the acclaimed movie "The King's Speech". This movie, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, is leading the pack in terms of Oscar nominations this year. Duke, Semyanova, and fellow students and therapists from Columbia attended the movie en masse at a special screening before the public opening. All agreed the movie was fantastic, both for the acting and for raising the profile of people who stutter in such a positive way.

For the full segment, go to, click on January 29th 7 am, and slide the time bar to 7 minutes into the hour.

Intensive Aphasia Treatment Program to be Launched Summer 2011

Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. is pleased to announced that, by popular demand, we will be offering an intensive treatment program for people with aphasia. Click here for our information page.

Stuttering Program Featured on CTV News

December 13, 2010 - CTV Health reporter Dr. Rhonda Low did a story on today's news regarding Columbia's intensive stuttering treatment clinic. The focus of the story was how clients who live outside of the Lower Mainland can now access our monthly refresher sessions via Skype. Saeed Kalafchi was interviewed (via Skype from Oxford, England)  while participating in a refresher session run by Columbia speech pathologist Jayme Carvey. Speech pathologist and program founder Wendy Duke was interviewed regarding the process of stuttering treatment and the importance of regular follow up sessions for maintainance of fluency. To hear and see the entire clip, follow this link: and click on the video "Stuttering Woes".

CKNW - Stuttering and Bullying featured on the Christy Clark Show

On November 26th, 2010, Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. speech pathologist Wendy Duke and stuttering treatment graduate Conrad Ma appeared on the Christy Clark show to discuss stuttering treatment and bullying of youngsters who stutter. Duke also took calls from listeners. This audioclip is use with permission of CKNW and Christy Clark.  Click here for the full interview.  Please allow several minutes for this large file to load.

Columbia Therapist Chairs Provincial Conference

November 2010 - Congratulations to Columbia Speech and Language Services’ own speech- language pathologist, Erin Berkyto, who successfully chaired the recent ( October 14-17, 2010) annual conference of the BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA). The theme of this year’s conference was “Communication for a Fuller Life.” The conference, held at Burnaby ’s Delta Hotel and Casino, was both well attended and well received. A highlight of the conference was the awards dinner, October 15th, during which clinic founder Wendy Duke was one of several senior members of the organization honoured for 25 years of membership. Next year, the conference will be held in Victoria , BC .

Berkyto is a UBC graduate who has worked, since 2008, as a consultant at Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc., where she also did some of her clinical training as a graduate student speech pathologist. In addition to volunteering with BCASLPA, she is active in clinical teaching through the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. She has a busy and diverse caseload of both children and adults.

Local Pilot Project Goes Global to Mark International Stuttering Awareness Day

Friday October 22nd is International Stuttering Awareness Day, and Columbia Speech and Language Services is taking its treatment truly international, using Skype to mark the occasion.  Columbia has run an intensive stuttering treatment clinic since 1995.  Clinic owner and operator, Wendy Duke, says that one challenge unique to Vancouver is providing necessary follow-up treatment to our globe-trotting population.

Until now, clients who left for work and study overseas, or who live outside the Lower Mainland, were not able to take part in important monthly follow-up meetings.  However, thanks to Columbia speech pathologist Jayme Carvey, graduates can now participate via Skype in these sessions.  Jayme and Wendy are currently running a pilot project in which participants can call into these meetings from anywhere they can get an internet connection.

Saeed Kalafchi is one such client - Saeed graduated from the Vancouver stuttering program in August 2010, in between a work stint in Dubai and studies at Oxford.  He will now be able to "Skype in" to meetings with fellow graduates, such as Omar Hash of West Vancouver who says "it`s great to be able to keep in touch with graduates from around the world."  As for Saeed, he is "glad to be part of such a great group of passionate therapists and supportive fellow stutterers and friends."

North Shore Residents Mark Stuttering Awareness Day

October 2010 - West Vancouver resident Omar Hash and North Vancouver resident Judy Briton may not appear to have much history in common.  Omar grew up in war-torn Iraq during the Saddam years where, at one point, his family went into hiding after Saddam made a death threat against his father, an official in the Iraqi government.  By contrast, Judy led a relatively calmer life growing up in North Vancouver and working for the family-owned North Shore Driving School.  But the pair share the painful bond of a history of stuttering.  Both have now learned to control their speech and to talk fluently by taking an intensive stuttering treatment program offered at Columbia Speech and Language Services, owned and operated by West Vancouver resident Wendy Duke.

Omar and Judy want to mark International Stuttering Awareness Day by letting the word out that treatment can help.  "Treatment is not a quick fix," says Wendy.  "Clients need to understand that they will need to practice their fluency techniques on an ongoing basis." Judy and Omar agree - both have continued to check in for regular sessions and practice daily to maintain their speech fluency.  Says Omar, "the program at Columbia Speech saved me...I have a voice!"  Judy does not mind the work,  saying "this program really works and it`s worth the work.  It changes people`s lives."  And, when told that Wendy plans on opening a North Shore branch of her clinic in 2011, Judy says "I`ll be there with bells on."

Columbia Speech-Language Pathologists Featured at Provincial Conference

October 2010 - Clinic Director Wendy Duke and associate Alisa Ferdinandi are on the schedule for the upcoming annual conference of the British Columbia Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Burnaby. On October 16th, Alisa and Wendy along with client Les Hoover and his wife Debbie Hoover, will provide a workshop for speech pathologists on providing aphasia group therapy. Aphasia is a devastating speech disability resulting from stroke or other related neurological conditions. It leaves the individual with difficulty, or even inability, to speak or write due to damage to the language centre of the brain. For the past four years, Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. has provided group treatment to adults with aphasia on a weekly basis. The program is funded by the Fraser Health Authority Acquired Brain Injury Program and is free to adult residents of the Fraser Health Region who have been diagnosed with aphasia. Wendy and Alisa will be talking about the "how to" of the program, while the Hoovers will be speaking about the importance of this kind of support to clients and their families.


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