Speech-Language Pathology is a profession that requires a Masters of Science degree in speech-language pathology and membership in a professional order. In addition to these theoretical and clinical requirements, a speech-language pathologist must be an individual who is passionate and empathetic, with excellent listening and observational skills, who is committed to life-long learning in order to continuously remain up to date with the advances in their speciality.
The speech-language pathologists at Clinique Evolution perform the following duties: conduct speech and language screenings, evaluate clients, provide clinical conclusions, redirect clients to other professionals as needed, educate individuals and provide interventions for various problems, delays or disorders involving communication, language, articulation, voice, and swallowing. These duties are conducted in a warm, respectful and accessible environment.
What does a speech-language pathologist do?
The speech-language pathologist is a professional who evaluates and treats various communication problems, including:
Primary language impairment, dyslexia, aphasia caused by a cerebro-vascular accident (stroke) or a traumatic brain injury, etc.
Difficulties associated with more global impairments, such as being hard of hearing or deafness, a motor problem, autism spectrum disorder, dementia, intellectual disability, etc.
Stuttering, phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, articulation problems related to degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, etc.
Problems related to vocal nodules, polyps, surgical removal of laryngeal cancers (laryngectomies), etc.
Tongue thrust, which is often seen in individuals who suck their thumb or in individuals suffering from nasal congestion causing displacement of the teeth thereby requiring dental braces; dysphagia (swallowing disorder) caused by a cerebro-vascular accident (stroke) or a degenerative disorder, etc.
The speech-language pathologist provides clients with the best quality of care by means of prevention, through assessment, analysis, treatment and education of communication disorders. The SLP plays various roles, such as that of a clinician, an expert, a consultant, a healthcare professional, an advocate and trainer.
“The goals of the interventions offered by speech-language pathologists are to develop, restore or maintain an individual’s ability to communicate as well as increase independence and integration into one’s personal, academic, professional, and social lives. The SLP collaborates closely with family members and other professionals and workers in the field of health and education to best serve their clients.”
- Rehabilitation (therapy)
- Language stimulation
- Padovan® Method (what is this?)
- Training for parents
- Language delay
- Atypical swallowing
- Language disorders (primary language impairment, specific language impairment)
- Verbal dyspraxia
- Dyslexia/ Dysorthography, (Written Language Disorder)
- Mild cognitive disorder
- Hearing impairment
- Voice disorder (adult)
- Aphasia (adult)
- Intellectual disability
- Traumatic brain injury
- Degenerative communication disorders
- Motor speech disorders
- Learning difficulties
“Agente de correction du langage”: what is it?
An “agente de correction du langage” is an individual who is qualified to develop and implement an intervention plan written by the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). The “agente de correction du langage” is trained to treat clients independently, in collaboration with your SLP who will supervise and oversee interventions and decisions, when necessary. The “agente de correction du langage” work closely with the child and the caregivers in order to provide them with the tools and skills necessary to achieve the goals set by the SLP.
In our clinic, some of our “agente de correction du langage” have studied in France, however their credentials are not recognized by the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ) for political reasons. The two countries are currently in the process of establishing a mutual recognition agreement in order to establish equivalent credentials for certification. Until the “agente de correction du langage” theoretical and clinical knowledge and skills are recognized by the OOAQ, they are required to hold the title of “agente de correction du langage”. As a result, their scope of practice is more restricted than that of SLPs recognized in Quebec.