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 […]

Redefining Dysphagia Management: Airway Protection and the Role of Cough Assessment and Treatment

Cough is a physiologic behavior important for airway protection and pulmonary health. Cough is especially important for people with dysphagia, as they tend to be more medically fragile while also likely aspirating more frequently and severely due to their existing swallowing impairment. Because of this, speech-language pathologists should include assessment and treatment of cough as […]

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 […]

Project-Based Therapy: What it is, How to Do it and Why it Works

Each year thousands of Canadians sustain acquired brain injuries including stroke, that limit people’s ability to communicate so to live their best lives. Best Practices in neurorehabilitation stress the importance of providing interventions that are person-centered, meaningful and contextually based, but little is shared about how to do that in practical terms. Project-Based Therapy is […]

Current Best Practices in AAC

Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) is a specialty area of clinical practice that maximizes communication outcomes for people with complex communication needs (CCN, defined by us as strategies, supports, techniques and equipment that support communication when speech does not meet daily needs). In this presentation, we will discuss the knowledge clinicians should have to assess adults […]

Evidence-based Treatment Techniques for Acquired Apraxia of Speech

The evidence-base concerning treatments for acquired apraxia of speech (AOS) has been continually expanding. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a synopsis of the most current AOS treatment research advances. These advances will be described relative to the context of existing research to facilitate understanding of the current state of the evidence. Emphasis […]

Overcoming Obstacles to Early ID and Intervention for Students with DLD

Early identification and intervention for Developmental Language Disorder is vital to success in school. Students with DLD are at risk for social and academic failure as language skills are essential to literacy, understanding classroom instruction and navigating relationships with peers. However, challenges exist when delivering services in schools. At the Upper Grand District School Board, […]

Towards Generalization: Use of Intrinsic Targets in Therapy for Speech Sound Disorders

Intervention for Speech Sound Disorders often focuses on specific articulation, phonological or motor-based goals tailored to individual clients. However, achieving lasting and widespread improvements in speech sound production requires a shift towards a more generalized approach. This presentation explores the concept of generalizing goals in speech therapy by ensuring targets that are intrinsic to activities […]

The Role of Error Awareness in the Management of Acquired Apraxia of Speech

Acquired apraxia of speech (AOS) is a neurogenic disorder of speech motor programming that is characterized by speech sound errors, slowed rate of speech production, and prosodic disruptions. Awareness of one’s own speech errors was long-considered a clinical feature of AOS. However, this notion of relatively intact ability to self-judge errors had little empirical support. […]