Jana O'Connor, BA, MSc, RSLP, SLP(C)
I am a private Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in Victoria, BC. I hold a Master of Science degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), where I studied Speech-Language Pathology. I am certified by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and an active member of Speech and Hearing BC. I am also registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC) and a registered member of the Registry of Autism Services Providers (RASP) through Autism Information Services BC (AIS BC).
My experience and interests
My clinical interests include articulation and phonological disorders, language delays/disorders, motor speech disorders, and executive functioning challenges. I also have experience in supporting the social communication skills of preschool children after working with many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This experience has given me numerous strategies to draw on and integrate into my practice, such as: sensory play, fine and gross motor activities, motivational strategies, visual supports, positive and preventative behavioural strategies, alternative and augmentative communication systems, social communication concepts, and executive functioning strategies.
As a parent of a child with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by neurodiverse children and their parents. In learning strategies to help my son navigate daily life successfully, I have developed an excellent repertoire of executive functioning supports and strategies that I am excited to bring to my work as an SLP. Serving clients with ADHD is an area of particular interest for me and I am committed to supporting all neurodiverse children respectfully as the unique learners they are — in a way that promotes positive mental and emotional health.
Why private speech and language therapy?
I believe strongly in the importance of family-centred early intervention for speech and language challenges in order to ensure that all children have the communication skills they need for success in school and beyond. Here in Victoria, access to public early intervention services can be a challenge due to extensive wait lists and limited public health budgets. As a private practitioner, I hope to be able to support families who do not wish to wait a year or more to address their child's communication challenges. I believe in supporting children early to get them on track with their peers and avoid needless frustration. Communication should be fun!
Who do I work with?
I work primarily with toddlers and preschool-aged children with developmental delays or disorders in the areas of speech sound production and/or language development. I also work with young children with social communication and executive functioning challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Because my work hours are limited to during public school hours (see below) I do not often work with school-aged children (unless they are home-schooled or attend a private school).
What is my availability?
My availability to take on new clients varies over time. My client hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 9:30am and 2:30pm. During these hours, I am available to travel to your home (or preferred location) for a consultation and for any assessment and/or therapy sessions that may follow. Please note that my availability depends on certain practical factors, such as the location of your home (see my service areas on a map) as well as the projected length of time I’d be seeing your child for services. Feel free to contact me to inquire about whether we are a good fit!