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Speech & Language Therapy

A speech disorder refers to a condition with difficulty producing actual sounds.

A language disorder refers to difficulty understanding or putting words together (to communicate ideas).

Speech-Language Pathologists can clinically assess, diagnose & treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. 

Speech therapy can include one or more of the following communication areas:

  • Expressive language – inability to form meaningful messages using age appropriate grammar or word finding difficulties
  • Receptive language - difficulty understanding what is being said to them
  • Articulation – inability to produce age appropriate sounds
  • Social language - difficulty with turn taking, initiating and maintaining a conversation, repairing conversation breakdowns, perspective taking and interpreting non-verbal cues
  • Feeding and swallowing - difficulty swallowing liquids or food
  • Voice - disturbance of pitch, loudness or quality in relation to age, gender and culture
  • Oral Motor - difficulty with muscle function and / or motor planning that affects an individuals ability to eat, drink or speak
  • APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) - difficulty in responding to auditory stimuli, poor listening skills, difficulty following multi-step directions, difficulty processing information, difficulty with reading, spelling and vocabulary
  • Augmentative - assisting with non-verbal patient communication

We offer services to help improve communication for those with difficulty due to developmental issues or aging, illness and accidents.

Children's Services:

In pediatric speech and language therapy, our therapists work 1-to-1 to overcome difficulties related to the respective disorder.

The duration of speech therapy sessions will depend on the child's attentive ability and endurance.

In a typical treatment session, the therapist will plan fun and play based activities, geared towards the needs of each child.

Activities may include flashcards, board games, turn taking, reading books, drawing and games in the mirror.

Children can benefit from speech therapy if they have been diagnosed with:

  • Hearing impairments
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Developmental delays
  • Poor oral motor skills
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Birth defects (cleft lip and cleft palate)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Motor planning (Apraxia)
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Voice disorders

Adult Services:

Adults may experience speech and language difficulty for a variety of reasons. Specific speech and language disorders include:

  1. Articulation disorders
  2. Stuttering
  3. Speech disorders due to stroke, brain injury or progressive neurological conditions
  4. Language disorders due to stroke
  5. Cognitive-linguistic disorders following brain injury
  6. Voice disorders & laryngectomy
  7. Oral-pharyngeal swallowing disorders

Our programs are designed to help achieve smaller sets of communication-oriented goals culminating in a collective accomplishment.