What is an "S-LP"?
Speech-Language Pathologists (S-LP) are communication health professionals in charge of the assessment, analysis, intervention and prevention of disorders related to:
- the voice (aphonia, dysphonia, laryngectomy, etc), fluency (stuttering);
- speech (articulation, dysarthria, etc);
- language (aphasia, dyslexia, specific language impairment, autism, language delay, etc); and
- oropharyngeal function (swallowing).
S-LP's are also involved with the deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in close collaboration with the audiologist, and provides Augmentative and Alternative Communication tools to individuals with severe communication disorders who have lost their capacity to communicate.
S-LP's serve a diverse clientele: preschoolers and school age kids, adolescents, adults and the elderly. They can work in school boards, special education facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, long-term care facilities, CLSCs, and in private practice.
The McGill School of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a personalized and supportive learning environment to complete your professional training, leading to a Master of Science (Applied) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with specialization in Speech-Language Pathology. McGill has retained its small class size to ensure that all learners benefit from individualized attention and strong mentorship.
Accreditation and Licensing
In Canada, those wanting to practice as Speech-Language Pathologists must have at least Master's-level training in Communication Sciences and Disorders from an accredited university program. Requirements for professional certification necessary for clinical practice are set by provincial regulatory bodies. Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) conducts an annual examination for those wishing to qualify for national certification.
The School’s professional program meets the requirements necessary for certification of graduates not only with the provincial regulatory body (the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec [OOAQ]), but also with SAC. It’s important to note that, as of 1998, SAC and ASHA (the US equivalent) recognize one another's certification.
For more information about the profession of Speech-Language Pathology (Orthophonie), please contact the « Ordre des orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec » or Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.