Speech-Language Pathology

The ability to communicate with others is a vital need for humans.  Whether it is oral or written, communication enables us to share our thoughts, needs and feelings with each other.  When this ability does not develop as expected or when it is impacted by a condition or injury the affected individual and his family face challenges in the sharing of important information.  The speech-language pathologist is the specialist who is trained to assess and treat all aspects of communication.  Speech difficulties affect articulation, voice and fluency while language difficulties affect comprehension, writing, reading, sentence structure, vocabulary, discourse planning and the social use of language.   Speech-language pathologists work with the client and his or her family on the agreed upon goals to improve the aspects of communication that are impacting the individual’s participation in daily activities.   An assessment is conducted to determine exactly which areas need to be targeted.  The client’s interests are considered when planning intervention to ensure the information is meaningful and motivating.  Activities are presented in game format to make learning fun and enjoyable.

The speech-language pathologist can help individuals with diagnosed or undiagnosed difficulties such as:

  • Language based learning disability
  • Language delay
  • Articulation delay
  • Childhood apraxia of speech
  • Hearing impairment
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Stuttering
  • Voice problems
  • Global developmental delay