Speech-language pathologists are highly-educated professionals who have a minimum of a master’s degree in their field. As in any health-care related profession, S-LPs are required to study anatomy and physiology, but they also study neuroanatomy, genetics, human and language development, linguistics, psychology, acoustics and more, which is why they are qualified to evaluate, diagnose (restricted in some provinces/territories) and treat a broad range of delays and disorders.
Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted, but the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. For those who have difficulty communicating, everyday interactions can pose significant challenges. A communication disorder may prevent an individual from performing well at work, asking for help, hearing instructions at school or even saying ‘I love you’.
Speech Language Pathologists can help with:
- Speech delays and disorders including articulation, phonology and motor speech disorders.
- Language delays and disorders, including expression and comprehension in oral and non-verbal contexts
- Fluency disorders, including stuttering.
- Voice and resonance disorders.
- Cognitive-communicative disorders including social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions
- Pre-literacy and literacy skills including phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing.
- Congenital and acquired communication disorders due to hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, dementia, developmental, intellectual or genetic disorders and neurological impairments. © SAC (Speech Language and Audiology Canada)
Resources Speech & Hearing Month 2017
SOCIAL MEDIA SQUARES:
EARLY LITERACY AND LEARNING RESOURCES:
(including Words Matter brochure on early literacy and learning, early learning information cards and colouring sheets, and Speech & Hearing Milestones poster)
INFORMATION SHEETS, POSTERS AND BROCHURES: