What is speech therapy ?
A speech therapist or speech language pathologist is specialized in communication disorders linked to voice, speech as well as written or spoken language skills. Speech therapists are also qualified in dealing with swallowing and orofacial motricty.
Clinique GO™’s speech therapists are members in good standing of the Ordre des orthophonistes et des audiologists du Québec.
Speech therapists deal with learning disabilities like dyslexia, dysorthographia or trouble reading and writing. They are also trained to treat many other issues: speech disorders like stuttering, dyspraxia, incorrect pronunciation and speech delays.
Why see a speech therapist ?
Most often speech therapists are sought after for helping children with language skills. It is essential to help children as early on as possible, while starting school or even earlier. A speech therapist can help your child with their problem and prevent schooling from being affected.
A speech therapist may also help adults or the elderly with language disorders. Sometimes adults start speech therapy when they desire to correct a language disorder that was not treated in their childhood, for example a stutter or trouble pronunciating words correctly. Sometimes speech therapy is required after a surgical procedure to help recover language skills. Patients having suffered a stroke might need speech therapy too if speech is impaired.
A speech therapist may also help minimize foreign accents, for example immigrants when speaking a second language.
What does a speech therapy session entail?
Speech therapy begins with screening for speech and swallowing disorders. The screening will allow the speech therapist to understand all the different factors influencing the patient’s language and communication skills, for example important recent events, family and school environment etc.
After screening the patient, the speech therapist will then complete their assessment via a series of tests. This will allow the speech therapist to explain to the patient or to the parents what the situation is and the appropriate next steps or exercises to do in order to correct the disorder. Speech therapists may also do follow-ups for a patient who has already been assessed or started therapy.
Contact us for more information.
Which areas do our speech therapists travel to?
Clinique GO™ offer in-home speech therapy services in Montreal, including Greater Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, Monteregie and the North Shore of Montreal.
You will find all the areas we serve by clicking here.