Who is a speech and language pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a trained professional who evaluates, diagnoses and treats communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Communication disorders include speech, language, social and cognitive-communication disorders. A SLP also provides aural rehabilitation for individuals with cochlear implants or hearing loss

At CHATS we serve children and adults presenting with:

• Expressive and Receptive Language Delays/Disorders
• Craniofacial anomalies that can affect speech, language or cognitive development
• Learning difficulties
• Autism- social communication difficulties
• Cerebral Palsy
• Feeding Disorders (failure to thrive, food refusal and picky eaters)
• Cochlear Implants
• Hearing loss
• Articulation Disorders
• Reading / Phonological Awareness difficulties disorders
• Genetic Disorders including Down Syndrome
• Speech and language difficulties associated with stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological disorders (Dysarthria, Aphasia, Dyspraxia)
• Voice Disorders
• Fluency Disorders including cluttering and stuttering

Types of services offered at CHATS

img_9604Consultation
Unsure if your child or family member will benefit from speech-language therapy? Schedule a 30 minute intake consultation, where no formal testing or observations are made but rather a conversation about your concerns, the services we offer and we will help your explore the best option.

Evaluation
An evaluation is typically a 2 hour process occurring on two different dates. The first 1-hour appointment, also known as the “Interview” is when biographical, birth, medical, speech and language developmental history are recorded. The second 1 hour appointment is when formal testing and observations will take place. If the patient is a child, they are not required to be present during the ‘Interview’ appointment.

Treatment
A comprehensive evaluation is required before treatment sessions begin. Depending on the diagnosis and severity, treatment sessions can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour in length.


Teacher training and consultation

We provide training to equip teachers with the tools to detect speech & language difficulties within the classroom. Training also includes strategies for incorporating speech and language goals into lesson plans, creating language rich classrooms.