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 […]

The SingWell Project: Exploring the Benefits of Group Singing for Individuals Living with Communication Challenges

Increasingly, people are discovering group singing as a meaningful social activity that has the power to generate community, improve mood, and decrease stress. But what about group singing in adults who suffer from communication challenges, like aphasia? A communication challenge (CC), which may include difficulties with speech, language, voice, fluency, or hearing, might be considered […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Transforming Literacy: Implementing a Multi-Disciplinary MTSS Model for Effective Instruction and Intervention

In this session, participants will explore literacy instruction and support in schools through the lens of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model, highlighting collaborative efforts to enact systemic changes. The presenters will draw from their experiences implementing a literacy initiative, emphasizing the importance of data analysis, stakeholder involvement, and effective implementation strategies at both […]

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 […]

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 […]