Speech Language Pathologists

Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are specialists who evaluate and provide services related to speech production, language processing and communications skills as they affect classroom activities, social interactions, literacy and learning. SLPs have Master’s degrees and are members of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia. SLPs support students with communication disorders involving: 

  • Language – comprehension and use of oral and written language 
  • Augmentative and/or Alternative Communication needs – profound difficulties using speech to communicate functionally
  • Social communication – challenges with perspective taking, inferencing and interpretation of visual information including body language
  • Speech – problems producing the individual sounds or sound patterns used to form words
  • Fluency – disruptions to the flow of speech (e.g. stuttering)
  • Voice and resonance – atypical vocal quality
  • Other conditions – neuro-developmental (e.g. autism) hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury, developmental, intellectual or genetic disorders and neurological impairments 

SLP Services Include:
  • Consultation and collaboration with teachers, resource teachers, student support workers, parents and outside agencies
  • Assessment of speech and language abilities
  • Intervention – direct individual or group therapy; at-home and school programming
  • IEP – development and implementation
Referral Process:
Speech Language Pathology services are accessed by referral and with signed parent consent.
  • Elementary student referrals are made following School Based Team discussion with the Speech Language Pathologist present
  • Secondary student referrals are initiated by the school Case Manager 
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