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What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) (Speech Therapist), is a regulated health professional in Canada. In Ontario, we are professionally bound by the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) ensuring we are qualified to practice, continue to maintain quality of practice by professional development, and abide by professional and ethical standards set out by the college and the government.


Our scope of practice allows us to work with people of all ages, including toddlers learning to communicate, kids learning to read, adults following stroke or brain injury, or elders with dementia. The areas an SLP can help with include speech, language, communication, literacy, voice, fluency (stuttering), and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). Learn more about the areas in which Language Matters can help you by reading more below.

What can we help you with?

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WHAT we say & understand.

words, sentences, grammar, meaning 

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Social Communication

When we SHOULD

(or shouldn't) say it. And WHY we say it

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Executive functions

What ELSE we use to say it.

Memory, attention, flexible thinking, organization, planning, etc.

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HOW we say it.

pitch, loudness, fluency, voice, resonance, motor speech

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READING, writing & understanding it. sound awareness, narrative skills, dyslexia and more

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Diverse Populations

We ALL can say it in our own way.

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and more.

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