What do Speech-Language Pathologists do?
Program Led by Tracey MacMillan, Reg. Speech Language Pathologist
More than you think!
When most people think about speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) they probably think of someone who helps people who stutter or have a lisp. While it’s true that they do help with those issues, their scope of practice is a whole lot broader.
Speech-language pathologists are highly-educated professionals who have a minimum of a master’s degree in their field. As in any health-care related profession, S-LPs are required to study anatomy and physiology, but they also study neuroanatomy, genetics, human and language development, linguistics, psychology, acoustics and more, which is why they are qualified to evaluate, diagnose (restricted in some provinces/territories) and treat a broad range of delays and disorders.
- Speech delays and disorders including articulation, phonology and motor speech disorders.
- Language delays and disorders,including expression and comprehension in oral and non-verbal contexts
- Fluency disorders, including stuttering.
- Voice and resonance disorders.
- Swallowing and feeding disordersin adults, children and infants.
- Cognitive-communicative disordersincluding social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions.
- Pre-literacy and literacy skills including phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing.
- Communication and swallowing disorders related to other issues. For example, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury, dementia, developmental, intellectual or genetic disorders and neurological impairments.
What is Cognitive Therapy?
Using our Cognitive Therapy App – Constant Therapy
Born Out of Groundbreaking Scientific Research
Unlike traditional paper-based tools that rely on static and manually delivered exercises, Constant Therapy provides dynamically updated digital exercises customized for each patient. In fact, Constant Therapy has a growing library of more than 75 science-based task categories with more than 100,000 exercises.
The more exercises you complete and the more involved you are in your self-care, the more rewarding your journey may be. Constant Therapy users have unlimited access to exercises, and have completed more than 65 million exercises to date – in clinic and at home.
Research published in the Frontiers of Human Neuroscience showed that patients with stroke or traumatic brain injury who were provided access to Constant Therapy at home did on average 4 times more speech, language, and cognitive exercises compared to patients who only received speech therapy in the clinic.
Constant Therapy provides a science-based mobile solution for highly personalized, continuous exercises for patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, aphasia, and learning disabilities. Constant Therapy is designed to be used independently at home by patients, or as an adjunct to speech therapy provided by clinicians to their patients.
Constant Therapy incorporates groundbreaking research on brain plasticity from leading institutions such as Boston University. Prominent healthcare institutions that use Constant Therapy to help their patients make continuous progress, include Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, the Stroke Comeback Center, and The MossRehab Aphasia Center.
How Constant Therapy Works
Constant Therapy recognizes that no two individuals are alike and, as such, delivers highly personalized, science-based exercises tailored to each user’s strengths and weaknesses.
How Do We Create Optimized, Individualized Activity Plans for Each Patient?
Constant Therapy has processed millions of science-based patient exercises and, as a result, has one of the most comprehensive brain performance database for speech, language and cognitive rehabilitation. Our database contains extensive and detailed task performance data, enabling us to deliver uniquely optimized and individualized programs to each patient.
Constant Therapy is designed to be used independently at home, or in conjunction with a clinician as an integral part of their therapy.
Our self-learning and revolutionary NeuroPerformance EngineTM leveraged advanced analytics to mine this data every day to assign optimized and individualized tasks automatically. These tasks are based on global user-performance data, current scientific research, and each patient’s performance history and unique brain profile map.
As you use Constant Therapy, our NeuroPerformance EngineTM continuously measures your performance, while developing a highly detailed and unique brain profile map. It uses this information to deliver optimized, personalized activity plans to you automatically. Drawing on a growing library of thousands of science-based exercises, Constant Therapy encourages constant user progress with fresh and engaging content.
Constant Therapy Tasks
- Visual Memory
- Auditory Memory
- Visuospatial Processing
- Analytical Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Phonological Processing
- Auditory Comprehension
- Word Retrieval
- Sentence Planning
- Everyday Skills
Research published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience showed that stroke and traumatic brain injury patients who were provided access to Constant Therapy under clinical supervision at home showed significant improvements in speech, language and cognitive skills.