What is Speech-Language Pathology?
Speech-Language Pathology is the study of human communication disorders including disorders of speech, language and swallowing. Communication disorders can be congenital or acquired, and can affect individuals of any age. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide screening, consultation, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow up of speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive aspects of communication such as memory.
What do Speech-Language Pathologists do?
Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, communication, cognition, voice, swallowing, and fluency. Speech-language pathologists help patients develop or recover reliable communication and swallowing skills so patients can fulfill their educational, vocational, and social roles.
Who Can Access Speech-Language Pathology?
Speech-Language Pathologists accept referrals from the individual, families, physicians, health facilities, rehabilitation programs, professional support and community agencies. A doctors referral is required only for swallowing assessments.
SLPs see the pediatric (before kindergarten) and adult population. School systems have their own SLPs for school-aged individuals. Adult inpatients are seen by adult Speech-Language Pathologists.
You may see an SLP if….
- You have an acquired or developmental speech or language disorder
- You are affected by a language disorder such as phonology, stuttering, apraxia, articulation disorder, dysarthria
- You have an attention, memory, problem solving disorder, or voice disorder
- You are in need of alternative communication devices
- A swallowing assessment is necessary
For more information or to be seen by Speech-Language Pathologist in your area call:
306-446-8672 - Adult Services
306-446-5888 - Pediatric Services
306-820-2552 - Adult Services
306-820-6120 - Pediatric Services
1-306-236-1570 - Pediatric Services
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists www.caslpa.ca/
Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists www.saslpa.ca
Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists www.acslpa.ab.ca/