If you have concerns about your communication, a family member’s recovery after an illness, or a problem with your voice, you should consider seeing a speech-language pathologist (SLP). SLPs are highly trained professionals who can assess, treat, and provide information for different communication barriers.
At your first appointment, the SLP will ask questions and do a thorough assessment. They will discuss options and make recommendations, sometimes referring to other health professionals if there are concerns beyond communication.
Speech therapy techniques are used to improve communication and may include articulation therapy, language intervention activities, and others depending on the type of speech or language disorder.
Speech therapy may be needed for speech disorders that develop in childhood or speech impairments in adults caused by an injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury. There are several speech and language disorders that can be treated with speech therapy, including articulation disorders, fluency disorders, resonance disorders, receptive disorders, expressive disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, and aphasia.
If you think you or someone you know may benefit from seeing an SLP, it’s important to take action. Speech-language pathologists work in different health and educational settings and often work with other health professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.
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.