The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools

Speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) are essential members of education teams. S-LPs have a variety of roles within the school setting. This includes collaborating with teachers in the classroom as well as working with speech-language pathology assistants to provide individualized and group services to students of all ages. As members of interprofessional teams, they also contribute to educational goal setting,… Read More

What is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL)?

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is an unexplained and rapid loss of hearing. Hearing loss usually occurs over three days or less, usually affecting only one ear. Annually, 27 per 100,000 people will be affected by SSNHL. SSNHL can heavily impact your mental health and overall quality of life. People with SSNHL may experience ear-fullness,… Read More

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a language disorder that may impact a person’s ability to speak, listen, read and write. Appearing as a common side effect following a stroke, aphasia occurs in approximately 30% of stroke survivors and more than 100,000 Canadians live with aphasia. Some people with aphasia cannot speak at all, some are unable to find… Read More

2020 Kids’ Contest Winners

Every year, the Speech and Hearing Month Kid’s Contest is always a hit! We received a number of submissions from across Canada and would like to say a big thanks to everyone who participated! Now, we are happy to present the 2020 Kid’s Contest winners: Category: 5 Years and Under Winner: Evelynn, Age 5 Speech-language… Read More

Vote Communication Health – SAC Advocacy Campaign

SAC actively works to advocate for communication health, serving as the voice for members and associates with the provincial and federal government. In 2019, SAC launched the Vote Communication Health Campaign which aims to push communication health issues to the forefront of federal government agendas. Specifically launched surrounding the 2019 federal election, this campaign focuses… Read More

The Role of a Communication Health Assistant

Communication health assistants work collaboratively supporting the delivery of speech-language pathology and/or audiology services and are supervised by qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.  Communication health assistants help with assessments, perform screenings, provide direct treatment and more, delivering a range of audiology and speech-language pathology services to people of all ages. To learn more about the… Read More

Language and Literacy Skills in Children

Language and literacy skills are fundamental features of child development as literacy enables us to communicate with others and learn about the world. To develop literacy skills, children must first build speech and language skills. Children with speech or language disorders, therefore, are more likely to have difficulties with literacy and this is where speech-language… Read More

Professional Insights Communiqué Series

To highlight the work of our members and associates, we are launching our Professional Insights Communiqué Interview Series. We have invited a number of SAC members and associates to share their unique professional experiences, promoting the importance of the professions in communication health.  For Speech and Hearing Month, we are kicking the interview series off with… Read More

Apraxia Awareness Day – Childhood Apraxia of Speech

May 14 is Apraxia Awareness Day! Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) 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 (S-LPs) are uniquely educated and… Read More

New SAC Position Paper: Speech-Language Pathology Service Delivery Models in Schools

Speech-language pathology services vary substantially across schools in Canada. Service delivery model decisions are complex and require input from many partners in the school community. As part of SAC’s ongoing advocacy work to support school-based speech-language pathologists (S-LPs), an Ad Hoc Committee has developed a new position paper to promote the essential role of S-LPs in determining… Read More