What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-language pathologists  (SLPs) are autonomous health professionals who have expertise in typical development and disorders of communication and swallowing, as well as assessment and intervention for these areas. In Ontario, speech-language pathologists are governed by a regulatory body (CASLPO) and must meet regulatory requirements to practice.


What is a Communicative Disorders Assistant?

CDA stands for “Communicative Disorders Assistant”.  A CDA is someone who works with a speech-language pathologist (SLP) or audiologist (AUD) to provide intervention to individuals with difficulties in the area of communication.  CDAs do not work independently from an SLP or AUD.  CDAs are trained to work in the areas of speech, language, augmentative communication and hearing with individuals of any age.

At the Family Speech Clinic, our CDAs work under the supervision of Beth Cranmer-Smith, Speech-Language Pathologist.  You will find the fees for therapy with a CDA are lower than the fees for therapy with an SLP.


Do I need a physician referral?

Although we regularly accept physician referrrals, you do not need a physician referral to attend the Family Speech Clinic.  Simply call Tina Ashton, our Office Manager, and she will complete your intake.


Are services covered by OHIP?

Services are not covered by OHIP.  However, your services may be covered by your extended health benefits.  We suggest that you contact your insurance provider.  If you are seeking publicly funded programs, you may wish to contact Beyond Words if your child has not yet entered Senior Kindergarten.


What if my child is already on the wait list for a publicly funded program?

Many of our clients seek private services while they are on the wait list for a publicly funded program.  If you still require therapy by the time you reach the top of the wait list, your Family Speech Clinic SLP will be pleased to review your child’s progress with the public SLP in order to coordinate services and optimize your child’s programming.


New SLP Joining Our Clinic

Clients of Ashley Abergel, Speech-Language Pathologist

I am sad to say that Ashley is closing her practice at the Family Speech Clinic on Nov. 21, 2015. We will all miss her. She is an excellent therapist as well as a wonderful colleague.

I have arranged for another therapist to take over her clients. We are welcoming Miriam Heavenrich to the Family Speech Clinic! Miriam and I used to work together at Southlake Regional Health Centre. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Western University. Her practice is focused on pre-school and school-aged children. Ashley will meet with Miriam to discuss your child’s case in detail in order to promote a smooth transition. Miriam may be able to observe your child’s final session with Ashley, so that you can meet her.

Miriam will be starting on Saturday, December 5th. So if you have an appointment on Saturday, November 28th, it will be cancelled.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Please join me in wishing Ashley all the best and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns.


Beth Cranmer-Smith, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASPLO
Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner, Family Speech Clinic and Camp Inukshuk