Frequently Asked Questions about Speech Therapy

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Take a look through some common questions we get asked about Speech Language Pathology at our clinics. Let us know in the comments if you have a question we haven't answered here!

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech Language Pathologists provide Speech Therapy for adults, teenagers, children and toddlers who need help to speak or communicate clearly. A Speech Therapist can perform an assessment to determine an individual's communication skills and the barriers they might be facing. They then create a treatment plan to help them improve.

Some common problems that bring people to Speech Therapy include toddlers that are late talkers, articulation mistakes (ex: difficulties saying 'r' or 'l'), dyslexia (reading or writing impairments), aphasia (difficulty understanding language or expressing yourself following a stroke or traumatic brain injury), stuttering, an accent, public speaking, voice disorders, hearing impairments, and more!

How do I choose a private Speech Therapist?

In Ontario, Canada, all Speech Pathologists must hold a Master’s of Speech Language Pathology and be registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Beyond that, there are several subdomains within Speech Therapy that one might specialize in, so ask your Speech Therapist if they have experience with the issue you are seeking treatment for.

Of course, price, location and availability are also common concerns. We recommend that above all, you find a Speech Pathologist who makes you feel comfortable. You want to be able to build a trusting relationship with them. This may take some time to develop, but the professional relationship between a clinician and client can be crucial in terms of support and encouragement in your therapy process.