Speech Therapy

Therapy for speech and language disorders in adults and children


Services


Speak Fluent provides speech therapy from speech-language pathologists registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (CASLPO). We help you become confident in the way you speak, so that others can hear what you have to say.*
If you are currently employed or a student, these services are likely covered by your health insurance package.

Stuttering/Fluency Disorders

A fluency disorder is a disorder that affects the continuity, smoothness, rate, and effort of speech. Stuttering is the most common fluency disorder and is characterized as an interruption in the flow of speaking, affecting the rate and rhythm of speech.

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Articulation Difficulties

Articulation difficulties are called speech sound disorders in the field of speech-language pathology. It is an umbrella term encompassing any physical or perceptual difficulty resulting in atypical production of speech. An example of a well-known speech sound disorder is a lisp (i.e., /s/ and /z/ sound distorted or unclear).

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Language Disorders

Language disorders result in difficulty understanding others or expressing yourself compared to your peers. Both children and adults can have language disorders. You may have difficulty organizing your thoughts in a way that is easy for others to follow. You may frequently “forget” a word, or you may only be able to use grammatically simple sentences. After stroke or brain injury, you may experience aphasia (language disorder). A common symptom of aphasia is “anomia”, the inability to recall common words.

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Social Communication Difficulties

You may have difficulty using language in socially-appropriate ways, and struggle to maintain relationships as a result. Social communication difficulties are often a symptom of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Even high functioning individuals with ASD have social communication difficulties that can still impact the quality and longevity of friendships, work relationships, and romantic relationships.

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Resonance Disorder

A resonance disorder is characterized by too little or too much sound coming through the nose. If you sound hypernasal, your speech has too much sound coming through the nose. If you constantly sound like you have a cold (stuffed up nose), you have hyponasal speech (too little sound coming through the nose).

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*Speak Fluent offers services for school-age students and adults.
If you have a child in preschool, you can access a communication checklist offered by the city of Toronto, to see if you are eligible for Toronto's preschool speech and language program that is fully funded by the province of Ontario.