Speech therapy is a vital component in the development of language and communication skills. For individuals with speech and language disorders, it is important that they receive consistent and continuous service. Unfortunately, disruptions in therapy can occur for various reasons and can significantly impact the progress and outcomes of therapy.
Research has shown that continuity of service is a key factor in the success of speech therapy. A study by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) found that individuals who received uninterrupted speech therapy services made twice as much progress compared to those who experienced disruptions in service. Additionally, a study by the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research found that children who received consistent speech therapy services had a 50% higher chance of achieving normal language development compared to those who had disruptions in service.
At the Speech Therapy Centres of Canada, we strive to ensure consistent service by booking out your weekly appointments and offering a hybrid model of service, combining in-person and web therapy sessions when weather, schedules, or other disruptions prevent you from driving to the clinic.
In conclusion, service continuity is vital to speech therapy’s success. It’s crucial that individuals with speech and language disorders receive consistent service from an SLP to ensure maximum progress and outcomes. It’s important for families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to work together to minimize disruptions in therapy and ensure continuity of service. By doing so, we can help support the development of language and communication skills for children and adults with speech and language disorders.
The Speech Therapy Centres of Canada is a team of dedicated speech-language pathologists (commonly known as S-LPs or speech therapists) and speech-language pathology assistants (S-LPAs) who provide assessment and therapy services to children and adults with communication disorders. Our S-LPS, S-LPAs and support staff are truly committed to providing the highest quality of service to our clients and their families. We understand that navigating the world of speech therapy may be daunting so our client services team is prepared to help you every step of the way.