What is a Communicative Disorders Assistant?

Individuals who are experiencing a communicative disorder require the assistance of a group of professionals who specialize in this area. Amongst this group you will find Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) and Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDA).

The communicative disorders assistant works under the direction of the SLP. They are included in the implementation of treatments and therapies. In addition to this, CDA’s are often required to collaboratively monitor progress with the SLP.

CDA’s work with all age groups. They often work with children with speech and language issues or with clients who have suffered from a stroke, neurological disease or brain injury. The CDA is a valued member of a team that offers treatments to address language and speech disorders as well as learning disabilities.

At S.L. Hunter, we are proud to offer a team of SLP’s and CDA’s that collaboratively work to help our clients reach their full speech, language, communication and swallowing potential.

The offices of S.L. Hunter & Associates are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. We can be reached by telephone at 905-637-5522 or online at www.slhunter.ca.

What you should look for in a Speech-Language Pathologist?

If you are in need of Speech-Language Pathology services you may be entering into an area with which, you are unfamiliar. If you, or someone you are responsible for has a communication need, you will find that health care providers may recommend a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) – here’s how to go about finding the right one for you:

The first thing you need to know is whether the SLP you are considering will allow you to set your own appointment or whether a medical referral is required. SLP’s in private practice do not require you to have a medical referral – you can simply call and arrange for an appointment at your convenience. Then you need to know if they accept clients for the particular age group of the individual in need of services. Some SLP’s treat specific age groups whereas others accept clients of any age.

Availability is important. You need to know that the services you need will be available where and when you need them. Some clients have special needs and the SLP may need to travel to a location outside of their clinical setting.

You want to feel comfortable with the SLP that you choose and to know that you are receiving individualized attention. You should be able to ask questions and get satisfactory answers and if you have any concerns these should be addressed. It is important to be kept informed as to the progress that is being made and have recommendations made that would be beneficial during the course of treatment. Of course you will want to know the credentials of the professional that you are going to be working with.

At S. L. Hunter & Associates we have a strong commitment to providing quality care to all clients. All our SLP’s and CDA’s are fully qualified and hired based not only on skill and experience, but on possessing the qualities that make them a good fit with our unique team. If you or someone you know needs the assistance of a Speech-Language Pathologist, we can help.

The offices of S.L. Hunter & Associates are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. We can be reached by telephone at 905-637-5522 or online at www.slhunter.ca.

How speech-language pathologists can help with aphasia

Individuals that have difficulty with being able to express themselves through speech, being able to understand what is being said to them, or with reading and writing could be diagnosed with a condition called Aphasia.

Aphasia is a symptom of a type of brain damage that may have occurred as a result of a stroke, infection, dementia or head trauma. The severity of the symptoms will depend on the area of the brain that has been damaged and to what extent.

The successful treatment of aphasia takes teamwork between many different medical professionals, the patient and their family. Included in this team is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who plays an important role in determining the type and severity of aphasia from which the patient is suffering.

Figuring out the type of aphasia is achieved by the SLP assessing various levels of communication. The patient will be evaluated on their speech capabilities, level of understanding, ability to express themselves, social interaction and reading and writing capabilities. In addition to this, it may include evaluation of swallowing capabilities.

Once the assessment is complete, the SLP can then design a treatment plan that will be most beneficial for that client’s particular needs. Individuals that are suffering from this problem can take heart in knowing that there are many steps that can be taken during the course of treatment to create an improvement in the areas identified.

SL Hunter conducts a comprehensive evaluation of clients who are displaying symptoms of Aphasia. If you or a loved one has any symptoms of aphasia, we can help.

The offices of S.L. Hunter & Associates are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. We can be reached by telephone at 905-637-5522 or online at www.slhunter.ca.