Helps children develop speech and language skills, reduce stuttering and improve voice quality
WHAT IS SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY?
The Speech Language Pathologist works with families to help their child reach their full potential in the areas of understanding language, using language to connect with others in conversation and play, using clear speech sounds, speaking smoothly (versus stuttering), socially connecting with peers and adults (social communication), and feeding and swallowing.
WHEN DO YOU NEED A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST?
Children are often referred to SLP when they:
- are difficult to understand
- are 2 years old and not talking
- are 3 years old and not consistently using 3 word sentences
- are 4 years old and only using sentences of 4 words in length
- do not seem to understand language and cannot follow directions
- hesitate, repeat words or sounds when talking
- elongate words, stop and restart or struggle
- have an unusual voice (scratchy, raspy or nasal sounding)
- seem unable or reluctant to start a conversation with parents, caregivers or friends
- are embarrassed and/or frustrated when talking
WHO CAN REFER?
If you have concerns or questions about your child’s speech and/or language, you can refer your child yourself. Public Health Nurses, Family Physicians, Pediatricians, Daycare Providers and other service providers at the Child Development Association can also refer for you.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE REFERRAL?
- Your child will be placed on a waitlist
- You will have an opportunity to attend a consultation meeting with a speech language pathologist where you will receive feedback on your child’s communications skills and suggestions if needed
- An SLP will contact you when a spot becomes available, and schedule an assessment
- During your initial therapy visit the SLP will work with you to identify area(s) of concern that are interfering with your child’s development by asking you questions and conducting formal and informal assessments with your child
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE ASSESSMENT?
The SLP will work with the family and team members to:
- Develop goals and a program suited to your child’s individual needs
- Provide therapy or consultation as needed
- Provide service in the environment best suited to your child’s specific needs (home, Children’s Therapy Centre, and/or childcare centre)
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD AT HOME?
- Have your child’s hearing evaluated if there is a concern
- Reward and praise your child’s communication attempts
- Talk about the activities you do and places you go
- Expand on what your child says by adding more information
- Model correct speech (it is not necessary to ask your child to repeat exactly what you say)
- Emphasize sounds that your child may find difficult to say, such as “sssssocks”
- Speak slowly and clearly, repeat for your child if necessary
- Give your child lots of time to respond
- Read books and talk about books with your child every day
- Practice using new words
- Provide opportunities for your child to talk and play with others
Speech and language:
Registered Speech Language Pathologist
Phone: ext 229
Speech Language Pathologist
Supported Child Development Consultant
Phone: ext 287
Speech Language Pathologist
Phone: 250-338-4288 ext 228