Speech-Language Pathology

The Montreal Children`s Hospital Speech Pathology Department offers a wide array of services for children and adolescents who have speech and language problems. 

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Who we are

The Montreal Children`s Hospital Speech-Language Pathology Department offers a wide array of services for children and adolescents who have speech or language problems. Examples of these problems are articulation problems related to cleft palate or language problems resulting from a traumatic accident. Once our evaluation is completed, we may offer services in our department or reorient children towards community services such as a rehabilitation center or their CLSC.

Our history

The hospital hired its first speech pathologist in 1938. By the early 1950s there were English- and French-speaking speech pathologists on the team and several clinics had been developed in the areas of stuttering, cerebral palsy and cleft palate. In 1980, the first intensive program for stuttering adolescents was formed and in 1994, the MCH founded the first pediatric computerized voice laboratory in Canada in conjunction with the hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology. In 2000, the department began developing community partnerships wih pediatricians, CLSCs, rehabilitation centres and daycares.

Our team

The Montreal Children`s Hospital Speech Pathology Department consists of a team of speech-language pathologists with various areas of expertise. Our special skills include the assessment and treatment of language delays and impairments, speech sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, voice disorders, resonance disorders, acquired language deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Early Developmental Impairments, as well as language deficits associated with learning disabilities,   and attention disorders with or without hyperactivity. Furthermore, we offer specialized knowledge with respect to the speech- language assessment of Cree, Inuit and other indigenous communities. We are also proud to offer our leadership in the area of language assessment of bilingual or multilingual children and adolescents.  

Staff members

Lisa Massaro, M.Sc(A), Speech-Language Pathologist and Professional Coordinator of Speech-Language Department

Our services

The Montreal Children`s Hospital Speech Pathology Department includes services for:

  • Craniofacial and Cleft Unit (ages 2 to 17 years): Assessment and intervention for problems of articulation and resonance associated with craniofacial differences, pre- and post-operative if necessary. Investigation of velopharyngeal dysfunction can be done if necessary (specialized instrumentation available).
  • Voice disorders (ages 2 to17 years): Assessment and intervention for various diseases including nodules, vocal cord paralysis, and vocal cord dysfunction (specialized instrumentation available)
  • Pervasive developmental disorders clinic (ages 0 to 5 years): Assessment and referral for intervention services in the community.
  • Learning Disabilities Clinic (ages 7 to 11 years) and Attention Deficit Disorders with or without Hyperactivity (ages 6 to 17 years): Assessment for children with severe learning difficulties (a recent evaluation in psychology may be required).
  • Neonatology Clinic (ages 0 to 5 years): Assessment and intervention or referral for intervention services.
  • Clinical evaluation of development (ages 0 to 5 years): Assessment and referral for intervention services. The team makes a diagnosis to direct children to appropriate community resources.
  • Trauma Program (ages 0 to 18 years): Assessment and intervention, or referral for intervention services. 

Our services are offered in English and in French. As well, we work with interpreters in order to best serve families that speak another language than French and English. 

Useful links

Information pamphlets:

The Montreal Children's Hospital's Literacy Program 

Literacy starts at birth or, as research suggests, in utero. Health Canada has recognized that literacy is a determinant of health. The evidence shows a strong relationship between early positive literacy experiences and improved brain development. The Montreal Children's Hospital is working in partnership with The Centre for Literacy via health care providers to promote literacy and engage families in reading. 


Explaining the public health care system in Montreal and surrounding areas as it relates to speech and language services: a road map for parents:

  • Ordre des orthophoniste et audiologistes du Québec (In French only)
  • Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
  • Speach and hearing.ca: This site, brought to you by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, is designed to provide the public with quick and easy access to basic information and resources about communication and other related disorders.
  • Caring for kids: Caring for Kids' mission is to provide caring adults with the means to encourage and enrich relationships with the children in their care.
  • Talk To Your Baby: Talk To Your Baby is a campaign run by the National Literacy Trust to encourage parents and carers to talk more to children from birth to three. 
  • L'Association des bègues du Canada ABC (In French only)
  • L'Association des jeunes bègues du Québec ABC (In French only)
  • The Stuttering Foundation of America: This non-profit otrganization goal is to provide the best and most up-to-date information and help available for the prevention of stuttering in young children and the most effective treatment available for teenagers and adults.
  • Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development: This web-based resource is being developed by the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network to help provide answers to questions about children's language and literacy – answers that are based on relevant and up-to-date research presented in an easily accessible format.
  • National Institute for Literacy: This american organization's mission is to develop literacy as a national asset, using knowledge, research, and practice, and working in collaboration with the Secretaries of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, and with other partners.
  • Common sense media: we rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools
  • Language stimulation videos for parents: This "Talking is Key" 12 minute DVD, developed by the Preschool Speech and Language Services program of the Calgary Health Region, with funding from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, shows examples of children from 3 months to 5 years of age. You can follow the development of speech and language skills throughout these ages. You will also learn everyday tips of how parents help children learn language at each age.
  1. English
  2. Amharic
  3. Arabic
  4. Cantonese
  5. Mandarin
  6. Cree
  7. Dinka
  8. Farsi
  9. French
  10. Punjabi
  11. Spanish
  12. Tagalog
Click here for some great answers to questions about bilingualism: 

Grand Rounds lecture given by Dr. Caroline Erdos on Family Literacy Day, 2015


Raise a reader videos

Aidez votre enfant à apprendre le langage : la lecture dialogique

Haitian Creole

Cape Verdean Creole




Introduction to Nasoendoscopy and Videofluoroscopy

Conditions and illnesses

Questions about an already scheduled appointment:

Room: A04.3140

Tel: 514-412-4491

Refer a patient 

Speech-Launguage Pathology is part of Brain Development & Behavior. New referrals must be processed via the Central Intake Service.

Please follow the instructions for referal on the Central Intake webpage and send it by:

  • Fax: (514) 412-4136
  • Email: bdbci@muhc.mcgill.ca
  • Telephone: (514) 412-4496