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Central Speech Language Pathology

Dedicated to improving communication skills among children and adults. 

Nicky Pontin, M.Sc., RSLP

Licensed Speech Language Pathologist

Compassionate, equitable and family-centred care is at the core of my practice. I provide quality services in a play-based approach for children of all ages and tailor therapy plans to individual and family needs.

I am a proud and long-standing member of Speech and Hearing BC (SHBC) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Assessment

An initial assessment will be completed prior to developing a personalized therapy plan for each client.

Individual Therapy Sessions

Therapy plans are based on the initial assessment and tailored to address the unique needs of each individual client.

Group Therapy Sessions

Group therapy sessions are available for children of all ages with social communication challenges. These groups focus on learning and practicing new skills in a social context with peers.

Teletherapy

Teletherapy is available to clients province-wide. Teletherapy is an excellent option for families who have challenges with transportation to the clinic or have unique access needs.

Testimonials

Nicky is a wonderfully experienced and adaptive therapist. If we had a particularly hard week or a new challenge that came up for my son, she would be able to draw from her vast resources and come up with a plan for that day’s session that was tailored to what my son was needing in that moment of his life. I felt like she was a collaborator with me – always making sure her work matched our goals but also helped create a path forward. We absolutely loved working with her.

Sasa | Parent

I like how Nicky had a gentle voice and I got to choose what to play at the end with her. She has a good laugh.

Jack | 8 years old

We have worked with Nicky for a while and she is so wonderful and patient with my son. My son was nonverbal and barely putting two words together and now he is speaking in full sentences. She worked very hard with my son and the progress is amazing. She is very observant and knowledgeable and can get my son to engage in the session. We are very thankful to Nicky and would recommend her to anyone looking for a SLP.

Gurinder | Parent

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a doctor’s referral for speech therapy?
No, a doctor’s referral is not necessary. Anyone with concerns about their child’s speech or language development can refer for SLP services.
Can I use my extended health benefits for speech therapy?
Yes, many extended health plans include speech therapy as a benefit. Central SLP cannot direct bill your insurance company but you can submit your invoices for reimbursement. Every plan is different, please check with your insurance provider for your coverage details.
Are you on the Registry for Autism Service Providers (RASP)?
Yes, I am on the RASP list which allows families with children with ASD under the age of 6 years to use their Autism Funding for speech and language therapy.
Are there funding sources I can access for speech and language therapy?
Yes there are a number of programs and funding sources that you may be eligible for including: the At-Home Program extended therapies program, Autism Funding Unit, Jordan’s Principle, Variety Children’s Charity, CKNW kids fund.
Do you consult with other professionals working with my child?
Yes absolutely. A coordinated approach is always best when multiple professionals are involved. I am happy to provide consultation by email or telephone and or attend team meetings as needed.
Do you provide home-based therapy?

Most Central SLP services are office based and I am unable to travel to people’s homes to do regular therapy. However, if getting to the clinic is a challenge for you, teletherapy may be a great option for you.

Are you located close to public transit?
Yes. The clinic is located in Uptown New Westminster which is close to several bus routes and an easy direct bus to the New Westminster skytrain station.
Is there parking available at your location?
Yes. There is a pay parking lot behind the clinic and there is also two hour free parking directly across the street on Fifth avenue.
Do you work with adults?
Yes I do work with some adults, primarily for accent reduction services. I am trained in the Compton PESL method for accent modification.