What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) are professionals whose practice is controlled in Ontario by the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act. SLPs have specialized knowledge and skills in speech, language and communication development and disorders, and are key members of interdisciplinary education (school) teams.
In the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board - children with special needs, including those with communication difficulties, are helped through a team approach. Parents, teachers and special services staff participate in planning and programming for students with speech and language difficulties. As a member of the special services team, the speech-language pathologist provides assistance to students with communication problems that may affect school performance.
There is a staff member from Speech-Language Pathology Services assigned to each school. If you have concerns or questions, they are available to discuss them with you. To reach the professional assigned to your child’s school, contact the school to speak with the principal or call the school to leave a message for the speech-language pathologist at your child’s school.
The uniqueness of each child is reflected in his or her communication; the spoken and unspoken words and gestures that reveal identity, relationships, experiences, aspirations, concerns, ideas and innovations. Pope Francis reminds us that “communication is about realizing that we are all human beings, children of God” (Message of Pope Francis for the 48th World Communications Day; Vatican, Jan. 24 2014). In our Catholic communities we envision the learner as an effective communicator (Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, Institute for Catholic Education, 2011) and work diligently to support this outcome for every student.
As technology becomes more and more present in our lives, “screen time” has begun to dominate leisure time and social interactions for some children. What does this mean for the development of children’s communication skills?
This month the Speech and Language Department and Hearing Department will share the following resources:
Stay tuned for these helpful articles and presentations! Also look for our May Month poster and PowerPoint presentation in your schools.
Chief Speech-Language Pathologist
Phone: 905-890-0708 ext. 24331
Toll Free: 1-800-387-9501
Confidential Fax Number: 905-361-0352
40 Matheson Blvd. West
Mississauga, ON., L5R 1C5