Welcome to Early Expressions Preschool Speech and Language Program. Early Expressions provides free speech and language services to children from birth to JK living in Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington. On May 1, 2023, KidsInclusive will assume responsibility for the delivery of this program in the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington area. KFLA Public Health and KidsInclusive are working together so that services continue for children and families.
If you, your family doctor, and or child care provider have concerns about your child’s speech and language skills, you may decide to make a referral to Early Expressions. By making a referral to this program, you are requesting a speech and language assessment by a speech-language pathologist.
Who can receive services?
Early Expressions provides service for preschool age children. Referrals for Early Expressions must be made by the beginning of November in the year a child is eligible to attend junior kindergarten.
What services are offered?
- Parent and caregiver training
- Group therapy with children and caregivers
- Home programming with specific goals for the child
- Consultation with parents, caregivers, daycares, classroom teachers, and other professionals
- Individual therapy with a Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Language Assistant
- School transition support
- Community outreach with parents such as Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs), Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, and Food for You, Food for Two programs
- Services are available in French
Does your child need a referral?
If you, your family doctor, and or child care provider have concerns about your child’s speech and language skills, you may decide to make a referral to Early Expressions Preschool Speech and Language Program.
By making a referral to this program, you are requesting a speech and language assessment by a speech-language pathologist. Please use our online referral form.
If you are unsure if a referral is needed, please review Communication Milestones for your child’s age. Looking at the milestones will help you decide if a referral is needed. If you need help, call Early Expressions at 613-544-3400 ext 3175 and press 3.
While you wait
While you wait for you first appointment, learn about What You Can Do Now and consider attending some free Community Programs to help develop your child’s speech and language skills.
Reprinted with the permission of KFL&A Public Health.
Centre for Child & Youth Development
Kingston Health Sciences Centre,
Hotel Dieu Site
166 Brock Street
Kingston, ON K7L 5G2
Phone 613 544-3400 ext. 3175
Toll Free 1 855-544-3400
Fax 613 545-3557