Speech Language Pathologists have expertise in speech and language development as well as communication disorders. A Speech Language Pathologist is also skilled in feeding and swallowing disorders.
Every child will receive a formal assessment during the initial visit with a Speech Language Pathologist. For young children, although we try to complete a standardized assessment, the assessment is frequently play-based. For older children, a standardized speech and language assessment would be completed, as well as interviews and observations in different situations. Following the assessment, results will be provided and a treatment plan will be designed to meet the individual needs of the child and his or her family.
Initial assessments take about an hour. Treatment sessions are offered in either 50-minute or 25-minute blocks depending on the age and needs of the child. Treatments will vary from direct therapy blocks to consultations and home program suggestions.
A Speech Language Pathologist can address:
- Speech delays and disorders (articulation, phonology, apraxia and other motor speech
disorders and speech clarity)
- Language delays and disorders (expression and comprehension in oral and non-verbal contexts)
- Fluency disorders (stuttering)
- Voice and resonance disorders
- Swallowing and feeding disorders
- Cognitive deficits (social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions)
- Pre-literacy and lite
racy skills (phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing)
- Social skills difficulties
Our Speech Language Pathologists are skilled in a number of treatment approaches including
Hanen Programs®, PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment Approach. Our therapists also have experience with the use of a variety of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (switches, PECS (picture exchange communication system) and Proloquo2Go (a symbol-supported communication app).