A Critical Appraisal of the Natural Language Acquisition Protocol

Recently, use of the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) Protocol to guide language intervention for autistic individuals has increased in popularity. This protocol has been purported to be effective for learners who are said to be “gestalt language processors”, with the latter term being used to refer to children who learn to produce memorized strings of […]

Audiology Eras Tour

The professional field of Audiology emerged after WWII, when veterans returned with symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss. This prompted the development of standardized hearing assessment and rehabilitation procedures, eventually leading to formal university training programs in audiology. In those days, audiologists worked primarily out of ENT clinics and hospitals. Today, the field of audiology has […]

Practicing Effectively in Relation to Interpersonal Violence

With over 40% of women experiencing intimate partner violence and most of their children exposed to such violence, speech-language and audiology professionals need to understand interpersonal violence and be confident in their approaches. Our research has studied the dynamics and health impacts of violence and developed effective interventions, including a freely available app for women […]

Language Matters: The Power of Language in Autism Care

The language health professionals use to speak about autism can shape perceptions of how autism is viewed. With reports indicating that S-LPs are often one of the first health professionals to notice developmental differences that may be aligned with autism and to refer individuals for diagnostic testing and other services, the importance of attending to […]

Advanced Hearing Aid Verification: New Technologies for Best Practices

Modern hearing aid verification includes more than just fitting to targets. Starting from best practices for the basics, I’ll discuss new development for achieving and measuring speech audibility in quiet, along with the background evidence for continued use of this as a best practice. However, we’ll also explore other uses of hearing aid analyzers and […]

Integrating Oral Health into Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Oral health is defined as the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, and swallow while being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss and other diseases. This definition highlights that oral health is broad, influences several functions central to […]

Supporting Clients Through Grief and Loss

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists frequently work with clients/patients as they face new, and often life altering, diagnoses. Without time and space for grief and loss it can be difficult to move forward in other life and work domains. including other therapies that are needed. This presentation will introduce clinicians to the basics of working with […]

Until Every Student CAN Read: Unpacking the OHRC’s Right to Read Recommendations

The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Right to Read Report released in February 2022 has initiated, in several provinces, a major reform of pedagogical practices relating to the teaching and learning of reading and writing in educational settings. This presentation will highlight the recommendations brought forward by the OHRC, thus shedding light on who is responsible […]