What is Speech Language Pathology?
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) are regulated health professionals who are licensed practitioners with the College of Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario.
SLP’s provide identification, education, assessment, treatment and (re)habilitation of communication and/or swallowing disorders in children and youth They may work alone or closely with other professionals, as part of an interdisciplinary team, in providing a coordinated program of care. Support staff includes Communication Disorders Assistants. All of our staff receive ongoing training specific to working with children & youth with a variety of needs to ensure quality services for them and their families.
What will the Speech Language Pathologist Provide?
At THRIVE Child Development Centre, SLPs provide services for children from birth to 19 years of age with a variety of needs. Your child/youth may receive speech-language pathology services through one or more of our teams and/or clinics. The speech pathologist works closely with the child/youth, the family, caregivers and other health care professionals to establish individualized therapy goals and treatment plans.
The therapist may assess your child/youth’s speech and language skills using a combination of clinical observations, parental report and standardized assessments to gain a variety of information regarding theirabilities. Once the assessment is complete the therapist will discuss your child/youth’s strengths and growth areas with you and other caregivers (ie: teachers, in-home workers). Specific areas of assessment may include:
- Language comprehension (understanding)
- Language expression (use)
- Oral mechanism exam
- Sound production skills
- Social communication skills
- Feeding and swallowing
The information gathered during the assessment will help determine your child/youth’s unique therapy needs. The type(s) of intervention chosen will depend on those needs as well as the priotiesof parents and caregivers.
Types of Therapy Services:
- Direct therapy, either individual or groups, offered by a therapist or Therapy Assistant.
- Coaching in which the therapist trains someone else involved with the child on a more regular basis to carry out the speech and language therapy plan. The therapist is in regular contact with the person who carries out the program.
- Consultation with parents, caregivers, day care staff, school staff, etc.
- Home programs for use by parents, caregivers, day care staff school staff.
- Collaboration with children and their families, caregivers, daycare and school staff and other agencies to provide individualized treatment plans suited to the child and family’s strengths and needs.
- Parent/caregiver training and coaching