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What is Speech Language Therapy?

Speech Language Therapy is when a certified practitioner, known as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) works with an adult or child who has a communication difficulty such as spoken and written language issues, speech difficulties, stuttering, voice disorders, reading, and swallowing. SL-Ps help to identify the disorder, evaluate it, and provide treatment for it. Education regarding specific communication disorders, how we can help and what you as a parent or caregiver can do is an important focus of assessment and treatment.

What is speech language therapy?

Speech Language Therapy is when a certified practitioner, known as a speech-language pathologist (S-LP) works with an adult or child who has a communication difficulty such as spoken and written language issues, speech difficulties, stuttering, voice disorders, reading, and swallowing. S-LPs help to identify the disorder, evaluate it, and provide treatment for it. Education regarding specific communication disorders, how we can help and what you as a parent or caregiver can do is an important focus of assessment and treatment.

Speech Language Therapy for Children

An S-LP can assess your child's speech and/or language during an initial evaluation and and give recommendations about what kind of support, if any, your child may need (most health insurance plans cover the cost of Speech Language Therapy). If extra help is recommended, this may be in the form of simple strategies you use at home with your child, therapy sessions in the clinic or at home, or development of a home program where the parent is taught to give treatment at home. Connection to public services is also typically a part of the plan. S-LPs also work with adults interested in modifying their accent to sound closer to 'Standard American English,' or another standard dialect. This area of treatment is termed 'accent modification'.

Speech Language Therapy for Adults

It is not uncommon for adults to suffer from speech and language disorders. Some may have started as a child, others can be developed from injuries or illnesses. As an adult, your brain and motor skills are more advanced. This means that S-LPs take a different approach in correcting speech disorders in adults than in children.

Feel free to contact us with any questions using our contact form or by calling us at (902) 406-7200.


Our Speech Language Therapy Team

Megan MacLeod, Speech Language Pathologist

Megan received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Dalhousie University and is certified by SAC (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada). Her clinical experience includes serving children and adults with various speech and/or language disorders across both public and private service settings. read more > 

Conditions Commonly Treated using speech language therapy

  • Language delays and disorders:
    Expression and comprehension in oral and non-verbal contexts

  • Fluency disorders:
    Stuttering or irregular speech patterns

  • Voice and resonance disorders

  • Swallowing and feeding disorders

  • Cognitive-communicative disorders:
    Social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions

  • Pre-literacy and literacy skills:
    Phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing

  • Communication and swallowing disorders related to other issues:
    Hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury, dementia, developmental, intellectual or genetic disorders and neurological impairments