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Speech Therapy

Overview

Speech-language pathology focuses on the identification, evaluation, treatment and education of speech, language, voice and feeding/swallowing disorders.

Speech therapy helps treat:

  • Accent modification
  • Cognitive communication (reasoning, attention, memory, planning, organizing, problem-solving)
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Language – understanding others (receptive language), sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings
  • Motor speech – difficulty with motor control of speech muscles (dysarthria); impairment in the motor programming of speech movements (apraxia of speech)
  • Swallowing (dysphagia) – feeding and swallowing difficulties which may be congenital in nature or due to surgery, stroke, head and neck cancer, injury or progressive neurological disease.

Practitioners

Frequently Asked Questions

A: You or your doctor may suspect you are using your voice in an unhealthy way. A frequently tired voice and strain while speaking are signs of harmful voice use. An SLP is trained in healthy vocal function and can guide you towards using your voice in a healthier, more effective manner.

A: The SLP will ask you more about your voice problems to get a better understanding of your complaints. He will then assess how healthily you are using your voice by analyzing your breathing, voice box (larynx), and resonance (vocal tract). Finally, he will determine if there are any vocal exercises you could do or lifestyle changes you could make to help your voice.

A: It is not. However, if you have a benefits plan you may be able to submit your receipts for possible re-imbursement.

A: Elizabeth Roberts is a fully licensed speech language pathologist who has pursued additional training in vocal performance. Read More about Elizabeth Roberts.

A: We would be happy to speak with you regarding how an SLP can provide timely care for your voice. You can contact us by email [email protected] or by phone: 416-586-4800, ext. 2564.