Speech-Language Pathologists have expertise in speech and language development as well as communication disorders.
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
- Cognitive deficits (social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions)
- Pre-literacy and literacy skills (phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing)
- Social skills difficulties
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.
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).