Who is a speech-language pathologist?
A Speech-Language Pathologist is a licensed professional who screens, identifies, assesses, refers and provides treatment to persons with, or at risk, for speech, voice, language, communication, swallowing, and related disabilities.
What is a Speech or Language Disorder?
Speech disorders include the following problems:
- Articulation Disorders
- Fluency Disorders
- Resonance or Voice
Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive. Receptive disorders refer to difficulty understanding or processing language.
Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.
Who Do We Work With?
Children from Nursery to Grade Eight within Peguis Central School with special needs in communication, communication disability and/or swallowing disorders associated with:
- Development delays
- Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
- Socioeconomic Reasons
- Hearing Impairments
- Respiratory Problems
- Oral-motor planning problems
You Might Use the Services of a Speech-Language Pathologist for a child if…
- You have difficulty understanding what the child is trying to say
- You think the child is speaking differently from children of the same age
- The child has difficulty understanding what people are saying
- Your child is non-verbal
What Is A Speech and Language Evaluation?
It is the measurement of a person’s communication skills to find out if a person has communication problems. The evaluation is conducted by a Speech Language Pathologist at a school after obtaining parental consent. The SLP gathers information by asking questions about your child and testing the child. The length of the evaluation will vary with the amount of testing that needs to be done. Before your child is seen for an evaluation, you may be asked to answer questions or complete written forms about your child concerning their health history, speech and language behaviors, and school history.
What Should Be the Result of The Speech and Language Evaluation?
A written report of a speech and language evaluation will include information about the child’s history, a description of the child’s abilities, difficulties, physical structure of speech, results of a hearing tests and recommendations which might include: referral to another professional, additional testing, re-evaluation at a later date, participation in a therapy program, or no need for therapy.
The Speech Language Pathologist is interested in finding out your child’s strengths and weaknesses in communication. The SLP can make the best decisions about treatment or referral to another professional. The SLP will also explain the meaning of your child’s test scores, results, interpretations, and recommendations. Nursery to Grade Eight students receive services at Peguis Central School. If you have questions about the services provided, contact:
Loretta Sinclair, B of Sc, M of Sc,. SLP
Peguis Central School
P.O Box 670
R0C 3J0Peguis Central School Speech Language Pathologist operates under the College of Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM) guidelines. The CASLPM is a provincial agency that licenses and regulates Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The agency protects the consumer by requiring adherence to regulations designed to ensure the qualifications and competency is provided of speech-language pathology and audiology services.
The College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Manitoba
1-333 Vaughan Street
Phone: (204) 453 4539
Fax: (204) 477 1881