Speech Language Therapy

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



(including Words Matter brochure on early literacy and learning, early learning information cards and colouring sheets, and Speech & Hearing Milestones poster)

Words Matter brochure

Early Development card with seals picture

Early Development card with penguins picture

Milestones for Children poster

Information Sheets

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Your Ears Deserve an Audiologist

End-of-Life Care

Classroom Acoustics


Speech-Language Pathologists: Who We Are

Audiologists: Who We Are

Communication Health Assistants Working Collaboratively With Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Vestibular Disorders

Language and Literacy


Tips for Talking to Someone Who Has a Speech or Language Disorder

Tips for Talking to Someone Who Has a Hearing or Auditory Disorder


Autism Spectrum Disorder (Letter size | Full size)

Your Ears Deserve an Audiologist (Letter size | Full size)

Classroom Acoustics (Letter size Full size)

Dysphagia (Letter size | Full size)

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Letter size | Full size)

Vestibular Disorders (Letter size | Full size)

Language and Literacy (Letter size | Full size)

Tinnitus (Letter size | Full size)

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (Letter size | Full size)

Swallowing Awareness (Adult) (Letter size | Full size)

Swallowing Awareness (Child) (Letter size | Full size)

Auditory Processing Disorder (Letter size | Full size)

"Awe" Ad

"Joy" Ad

"Brave" Ad

"Love" Ad

Other Materials

Communication Health and Aging Brochure

Speech and Hearing Milestones Brochure

Value of Hearing Aids Infographic

Report Card on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Scope of practice postcard: audiology

Scope of practice postcard: speech-language pathology

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists per 100,000 people in Canada

Auditory Processing Disorder in Children : FAQ

Milestones Growth Chart