Our Clinic

Communication is a complex process that is driven by wants, needs and the desire to share experiences. What we communicate to each other is conveyed through body language,  emotional expression, verbal speech, and behaviour. Speech is a very efficient means of sharing complex information quickly and meaningfully, and is used as a primary tool for participating within our society. Many things can influence inadequacy in communication.

Whether you are suffering from brain injury and have related communication needs, have a child with receptive and expressive impairments, have difficulties with literacy, are looking to improve your speech production, want to improve your quality of life by managing social anxiety, want to enhance your career advancement through improved communication, we are here to help.

Granville Island Speech is a GIS Speech Co. Facility. We are a boutique clinic that delivers quality, comprehensive services in a relaxed, professional environment.

G.I.S. Speech Co is a company endorsing the mission and vision of our facilities; of who we are, and what we do. This company represents a quality and style of service delivery that can be recognized and expected across all of our clinics. Reflected at every level of service, (both within each session, and during the course of therapy), you will find the elements of “ground”, “innovate” and “sustain”.

Our sessions progress from establishing a client partnership and providing the recognition and stability, of grounding through client collaboration, while we providing a meaningful map of where we need to go and how to get there.

We then turn our direction to innovative practice, bringing our knowledge, diversity, experience, and creativity to the table while delivering results during positive and engaging sessions.  

Our focus then shifts to moving the responsibility to our clients to self-manage while providing a secure context in which to succeed, which is the sustaining phase of our service.

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION IS TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION THROUGH MEANINGFUL AND INNOVATIVE PRACTICE.

GROUND

Establishing a client partnership, providing the recognition and stability of client collaboration

INNOVATE

Knowledge, diversity, experience, and creativity to deliver results through positive and engaging sessions

SUSTAIN

Empowering our clients to self-manage while providing a secure context in which to succeed

Qualifications

There are many tools and methods that have been proven to lead to well- documented outcomes.  We integrate current methods from not only the recognized and marketed therapy tools, but we also highlight that it is HOW the THERAPY is delivered and the RELATIONSHIP between client and clinician that drives our success.  

Granville Island Speech has abundant experience with programs such as

  • Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking
  • Gutstein and Sheeley’s Relationship Development Intervention
  • Deborah Hayden’s PROMPT therapy
  • Pamela Marshalla’s myofunctional speech facilitation
  • Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) for Parkinson Disease
  • Sara Ward’s executive functioning framework
  • Patricia Prelock’s theory of mind protocol
  • Arthur Compton’s P-ESL accent reduction program, and many more

We also integrate our service with the awareness of mental health issues that frequently accompany difficulties in communication, and arrange for wrap around service from other Specialists if needed.  Our knowledge and skill continues to grow, individually, and collectively, thanks to our team collaboration, drive to excel, and ongoing experiences gained from assisting our valued clients.

Our team members are certified by The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.

Our Team

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

VINNI PANIKKAR


Vinni is well respected in the professional community.  She has worked for over 35 years with infants, children, adolescents,  and adults in multiple settings. She also supervises students, has been involved in research and specializes with communication needs arising from mental health challenges. She is the founder of Granville Island Speech Inc.


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Aruna is experienced in providing diagnostic evaluations and treatment to adults and children with a wide range of language based learning difficulties. With the goal of helping individuals achieve their communicative potential, she provides individualized and group-based services.


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Jamie Hack assesses and provides treatment for children with a range of communication impairments from Language Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, and Brain Injury. He has been working at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children since 2011 and the Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prior to that. He provides individual and group therapy.


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Tara comes to us with a background in medical speech-language pathology, with experience in both acute care and rehabilitation hospital settings. Her work has focused primarily on the assessment and treatment of individuals with swallowing, speech, language and cognitive communication disorders as a result of stroke, brain injury, aging and neurodegenerative disease.


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THERAPY ASSISTANTS

Luna is a part-time member of our clinic and is our favourite canine, providing therapeutic services to our clients. Hypoallergenic and kind, she supports our mission and is one of the friendliest service animals you will ever meet!

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If smaller and delicate services are requested, Gracie is a content, calming presence who also works at our clinic part-time.  She enjoys a gentle touch and is reserved for special clients!

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