What is an SLP?
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are health care professionals with an educational background and clinical training in the assessment and treatment of communication, feeding, and swallowing difficulties. Speech-language pathologists must have earned a minimum of a master’s degree (or equivalent) in the field to practice speech-language pathology in Canada, and must be licensed according to provincial regulations. SLPs are required to complete continuing education and additional training throughout their careers to stay up to date on advances in the field that can help their clients.
What to expect at the first visit:
During the first visit, our Speech Language Pathologist will obtain relevant medical history, as well as discuss concerns regarding communication or swallowing abilities.
If a communication or swallowing problem is suspected, assessment to help determine a diagnosis and form a treatment plan may be formal, using standardized testing tools, or informal, which may include observing the client and/or interacting with them during conversations. Further SLP appointments will focus on working toward treatment goals developed based on assessment and evaluation.
How can speech language pathologist sessions help?
Speech-language pathologists can help keep their clients healthy, encourage independence, and improve quality of life. By identifying and treating swallowing disorders, SLPs can help minimize the risk of choking, aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, and dehydration. Therapy aimed at improving communication can help clients excel at work, at school, and in social settings, enabling them to express themselves, improving self-esteem, and increasing confidence. SLPs are an important part of the healthcare team for people with swallowing or communication disorders, and work closely with the families, caregivers and other healthcare providers involved in patient care
Common conditions treated:
Our Speech Language Pathologist at Port Hope Health Centre is trained in the management of many speech/language and swallowing/feeding related conditions. Common conditions assessed and treated by our Speech Language Pathologist include:
- Swallowing Difficulty
- Speech Delays/Disorders
- Fluency Disorders/ Stuttering
- Resonance/Voice Disorders
- Language Delays
- Cognitive Communication Disorders
- Accent Modification
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Expressive/Receptive Communication Difficulties