1What is speech-language pathology?
Speech-language pathology is a health profession aimed at helping individuals develop effective communication skills. Professionals in this field are educated and trained to evaluate and treat children and adults with speech, language and swallowing difficulties. At Beyond Speech, we treat both pediatric as well as adult populations.
2Which other health care professionals does Beyond Speech collaborate with?
A multidisciplinary approach to treating communication difficulties is one of our missions as a team therefore, Beyond Speech often collaborates with:
- Genetic experts
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors
- General and Special Education Teachers
3Is there a difference between speech and language?
People often think of speech and language as the same thing. The two terms actually convey very different meanings. An individual that has difficulties with speech, he/she struggles with the “how to” of speaking. This usually relates to the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech. If an individual has difficulty with language, he/she struggles with either understanding and/or producing the spoken or written “code” which is the method of human communication. In this case the individual might struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation. Finally, an individual might struggle with using language in a socially appropriate manner and in ways that are appropriate for his community.
4What does a speech-language evaluation entail?
A speech-language evaluation at Beyond Speech is performed by a speech-language pathologist to gain insight into a person's speech, language and communication skills. Depending on the presenting complain, the speech-language pathologist will decide which evaluation tools will yield the most useful information for the client (i.e. standardized and/or criterion referenced tests, caregiver questioners etc). The scores and information gathered from these tests will then be analyzed by the speech-language pathologist in order to determine the needs of the client.
5Does my child need a speech and/or language evaluation?
Parents often wonder if their child’s speech and language skills are developing normally. You might have some concerns about your child’s development, and you might feel unsure of what skills to expect by certain ages. Feel free to reach out to us by filling in a form via the contact us tab on this website, send us an email or call us and we will be happy to answer any of your questions and/or concerns. Also, by navigating our website you will gather useful information about developmental milestones and other important information regarding speech, language and communication.
6How long does the initial evaluation last?
An initial visit with the speech-language pathologist will typically last about an hour. Sometime it is not possible to gather all necessary information in this time frame and the evaluation might need to continue on following sessions. Once the evaluation is complete the speech language pathologist will have a clear understanding of the needs of the client and will be able to formulate a comprehensive therapy plan to address all necessary areas.
7Will the client stay with the therapist that performed the evaluation?
All evaluations are performed by Dr. Christodoulou Devledian. Once the evaluation is complete, our goal is to pair each client with a therapist that best suites his or her needs and time schedule. After the evaluation we can better determine which therapist the client will work with.
8What is a speech therapy treatment plan?
A speech therapy treatment plan is an individualized plan created by the Speech-Language Pathologist to address the client’s speech, language, cognitive, and/or social needs. The plan may include:
- Recommendations for therapy or a plan for a re-evaluation at a later time
- Initial goals to be addressed during therapy
- Referrals to other professionals (i.e., audiologist, medical specialist, occupational/physical therapist, etc)
- Suggestions for parents/caregivers and educators
9How often will the client need to be seen by a therapist?
The frequency of treatment can be determined after the assessment is completed.
10What is the total duration of speech and/or language therapy?
Therapy duration dependents on a number of factors, which include but are not limited to:
- Type and degree of impairment (clients with significant disabilities might receive ongoing support and treatment vs. clients with articulation disorders, who are in therapy for a shorter amount of time)
- Co-morbidities (i.e., psychiatric diagnosis, structural deficits)
- Parental involvement (i.e. reinforcement of current skills or practising developing skills at home)
- Client motivation
- Systematic attendance to therapy sessions
- Whether the client is also receiving other necessary interventions (i.e., occupational therapy)
11At what age should I seek out help for my child?
Our therapists work with children from infancy to adolescence and adulthood. If you are concerned about your child’s communication skills, please call us, email us, or reach out to us via the contact us form, to find out if your child should be seen for a speech and/or language evaluation. Early intervention both for developmental as well as acquired disorders is very beneficial.
12Will my child’s language delay/disorder cause academic difficulties or difficulties with social interactions?
Research suggests that language-based skills are highly associated with later academic performance in school-aged children. Also, untreated difficulties in speech and language areas can have a negative effect on social interactions.