May 9, 2024


12:15 pm

1:00 pm

Communicating Clinical Labels to Families – What Makes it so Hard?

The use of consistent terminology is believed to support clinical decisions, facilitate communication with families, allow for the collection of meaningful data to inform advocacy work, and facilitate research initiatives for specific impairment types. Unfortunately, there are significant variations in speech-language pathologists’ (S-LPs) application of terminology and evidence they are reluctant to communicate clinical labels to families. This presentation describes findings from a project that aimed to establish consistent use of clinical labels across a large preschool speech-language pathology program in Ontario. SLPs’ perspectives on the barriers and facilitators to using clinical labels with families of preschoolers will be discussed.

  • Alison Csercsics, MClSc, Western University
  • Lauren Denusik, MClSc/PhD candidate
  • BJ Cunningham, PhD, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Handouts and Certificate