Speech and Language Services
Are you worried about your child's ability to talk? Does your child struggle to read and write? Do you hear your child stammer or stutter when trying to tell you something? A speech language pathologist is a professional with specialized knowledge, skills and clinical training in the assessment and management of communication disorders. Speech Language Pathologists in Ontario are regulated by the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (CASLPO) which ensures that clinicians meet stringent standards.
Speech Language Pathologists who work with children provide assessments and treatment for youngsters who have articulation disorders, who are 'late talkers', who stutter, who demonstrate language impairments (both oral and written language). Sometimes language impairments are connected to an additional diagnosis such as an autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability.
Speech and language services for infants and preschool children:
This is an explosive time for language development! It is also the most important time to recognize and help children who demonstrate lags in their language growth. Research tells us that the earlier we can intervene, the better the outcomes for the child. Even very young children can be assessed for communication development: children learn about communication long before they are expected to use words. And there are many experiences and strategies that parents, caregivers and extended family members can try in order to support the child who is not meeting the expected communication milestones.
Speech and language services for school-age children:
The ability to read is highly connected to a child's oral language development. Children need a good oral vocabulary, need to understand and use language 'rules', and need to recognize the sounds in their language in order to be able to decode and understand what they read. Children who are struggling in school may have an underlyinglanguage impairment: the classroom can be a challenging place for children who struggle to understand new information, explain their ideas, or read and understand text.
Some children need explicit support to understand and use language appropriately in social situations. Communication is complex: conversation happens quickly; we have unspoken rules of non-verbal communication; we use different 'tones' to change the meaning of our words (e.g. sarcasm). Not all children are able to navigate these nuances on their own.
Speech and language services that we provide:
- Assessment of infants and pre-school age children, including assessment of speech, language, social and play skills
- Assessment of school age children, including: assessment of speech, language, social and literacy skills
- Treatment for articulation disorders, motor speech disorders, language impairments, early literacy skills, social communication skills, stuttering
- Consultation and collaboration with parents and other team members to ensure a cohesive plan
- Written reports that outline assessment results, treatment goals and offer suggestions for Individual Education Plans