Speaking Up – May is Speech and Hearing Month!
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists raise awareness about communication disorders and communication health. This month, we sit down with registered Speech-Language Pathologist, Andrea Jennings, to find out more about what she does!
What do Speech-Language Pathologists do?
Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat voice, literacy, cognitive-communication, fluency, speech, language, and swallowing disorders in people of all ages. We help a child who is late to talk, children and teens who struggle with reading/writing, or an adult who just suffered a stroke. We work with families, educators, workplaces, and rehabilitation teams to help improve clients’ functional communication skills.
Where do Speech-Language Pathologists work?
Speech-Language Pathologists work all over the place – in schools, private clinics, rehabilitation centres, hospitals, and early intervention programs.
Why did you want to become a Speech-Language Pathologist?
Growing up, I always loved working with young children. During my undergraduate degree, I volunteered at a children’s treatment centre and fell in love with Speech-Language Pathology. Being able to play a role in a child’s progress and ability to make strides in their development is so rewarding.
What did you study at school?
I completed my Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Western University. The Speech-Language Pathology program is a combination of in-class and practical learning. Students not only take classes related to all kinds of communication disorders and audiology, but also complete clinical placements that provide experience in assessing and treating every disorder area.
How important is communication?
We often take our ability to communicate for granted. Communication is a key part of our day-to-day lives. Imagine trying to order at a restaurant, get a haircut, or even socialize with someone without being able to communicate effectively. As Speech-Language Pathologists our goal is always to help our clients gain or regain their ability to communicate with those around them.
During this time of social distancing, it is important to stay connected. Research indicates that speech and language therapy can be provided effectively through videoconferencing. If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development, Fern Speech and Language Services is continuing to provide consultation, assessment, and treatment via teletherapy!