How Do I Know if I Need Speech Therapy?

It was the German poet, author and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who observed, “If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.”

Male or female, young or old, we all know what it is to want to be known, to use our words well, to communicate our mind’s innermost thoughts, opinions and feelings so that we might be understood.

The ability to communicate has been called the most vital of human skills. Unfortunately, countless obstacles to effective communication can arise over the course of a lifetime. Speech, language and voice difficulties can be caused by illness or disease, stroke, head injury, neurological disorders, even the side effects of medication and the natural course of aging.

Fortunately, help is available. Speech-Language Pathologists (sometimes referred to as speech pathologists or speech therapists) are highly trained to provide assessment, treatment and follow-up for a variety of communication disorders.

If you – or someone you know – struggles to communicate, take heart, because you’re not alone. Communication disorders can develop at any age. According to the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, one out of every ten Canadians lives with a serious communication disorder. If you have difficulty with pronunciation, producing or using speech, or simply making yourself understood and understanding others, if you have a voice problem, a stammer, or experience challenges with eating, chewing or swallowing, you might benefit from speech therapy.

S.L. Hunter & Associates has an entire team of highly skilled, duly qualified and innovative Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants who can help. We provide individual and group services to children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings (in-clinic, home, school, community or the workplace).

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