Richard Holmes, MHSc SLP 

Richard was drawn to becoming a speech therapist after his own experience working with a Speech-Language Pathologist as a young adult to work on his stutter. With his newfound confidence in communication, he took to acting, public speaking and frequently delivers workshops and presentations in front of large audiences. Because of his own journey, having struggled with communication and now making it his livelihood, Richard is inspired to help others feel confident in their own communication, in whatever form that may be. From his prior experience working at Surrey Place and The Speech and Stuttering Institute in Ontario, Richard brings with him specialized training in the treatment of Fluency Disorders as well as Alternative and Augmentative Communication for those with complex communication needs. 

 Outside of Meridian, Richard is passionate about all things adventure sports and can be found playing in the mountains – skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking or rock climbing! 


Qualifications & Memberships

Member of College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC)
Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology – University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts- Honours Psychology at the University of Waterloo
Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) for children under 6 (supervised)
The Hanen Program: It Takes Two to Talk
Aphasia Institute: Supported Communication for Adults with Aphasia (SCA)
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): Level I
Speech and Stuttering Institute: Fluency Plus Program

Areas of Practice

Pediatric Services 
Speech sound therapy (articulation, phonology, apraxia of speech) 
Language therapy (expressive and receptive language skills) 
Dysphagia assessment and intervention 
Cognitive communication intervention (conversational topic maintenance, attending to others, memory, solving problems, planning etc.) 
Social skills training 
Reading and writing therapy 
Voice therapy 
Fluency / stuttering therapy 
Accent reduction therapy 
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) 

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