Classroom Acoustics

Much of the education that takes place in K-12 classrooms relies on oral communication. Children, who primarily learn through listening, need a learning environment in which they can fully hear and understand the teacher’s instructions, particularly children with learning disabilities, hearing loss or those learning in a second language. Poor classroom acoustics can have serious… Read More

May 14 is Apraxia Awareness Day!

Childhood apraxia of speech is a rare but severe motor speech disorder that affects less than 1% of children. Children with apraxia have difficulty speaking clearly because their brains cannot plan and coordinate the movements of their lips, tongue and jaw. Speech-language pathologists are uniquely educated and trained to assess, identify and treat children with… Read More

The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools

Speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) are essential members of educational teams as they support students of all ages with speech, language and communication challenges to achieve their academic and personal potential. S-LPs, often supported by communication health assistants, provide individualized services to students of all ages with speech, language, social communication, literacy, cognitive and swallowing impairments. They… Read More

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Exposure to noise is part of our everyday lives. From mowing the lawn, to listening to music, we are putting a strain on our ears. Hearing is a complex process that — through the sensitive structures of the ear all the way to the brain — involves transforming vibrations from our environment into meaningful sound.… Read More

2018 Kid’s Contest Winners

This was a big year for the Speech and Hearing Month Kid’s Contest! We are proud to announce that we received more than 260 submissions from across Canada. A big thanks goes out to everyone who participated! Now, we are happy to present the 2018 Kid’s Contest winners: Category: 5 Years and Under   Winner:… Read More

What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia (dis-fay-juh) is the medical term for a swallowing disorder, meaning a difficulty or inability to swallow. Dysphagia affects people of all ages and can have a great impact on a person’s social, emotional and physical well-being. Speech-language pathologists — with their extensive knowledge of the anatomy involved in swallowing and speaking — are integral… Read More

S-LP Students Bring Speech and Hearing Month Celebrations to Toronto

Throughout May, the University of Toronto’s (U of T) Department of Speech-Language Pathology brought Speech and Hearing Month to the public with a series of information booths. The U of T’s Speech and Hearing Month team has shared some photos of their events below. For more information, please visit: http://www.slp.utoronto.ca/sixty/ Volunteers at an information booth… Read More

Vestibular Disorders — Audiologists Can Help

When thinking of the role of audiologists, your first thought is probably the assistance they provide to people with hearing loss. But audiologists do so much more. For example, did you know that they also support people with vestibular or balance disorders? Vestibular disorders occur when the vestibular system – which uses our eyes, ears… Read More