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 difficulties. 

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Who we are

The Montreal Children's Hospital Speech-Language Pathology Department consists of a team of bilingual speech-language pathologists with various areas of expertise that offer a wide array of services for children and adolescents who have speech or language difficulties.

For more information on speech and language development and services, parents are invited to consult the following websites: www.ooaq.qc.ca (Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec), www.sac-oac.ca (Speech and Audiology Canada).

Our services

Your child will be seen by one of our qualified professionals for a diagnostic assessment in order to determine their speech and language profile, specify the nature of any speech and language difficulties that are present, and develop an individualized intervention plan best suited for your child’s needs. Once our evaluation is completed, we may offer services in our department such as diagnostic therapy or reorient children towards community services such as a rehabilitation center or their CLSC as pertinent. 

Furthermore, we offer specialized knowledge with respect to the speech-language assessment of Cree, Inuit and other First Nations. We are also proud to offer our leadership in the area of language assessment of bilingual or multilingual children and adolescents. We frequently work with interpreters for families who speak languages other than English and French.

The Montreal Children's Hospital Speech-Language Pathology Department offers pediatric services to children from 0 to 18 years old (depending on the particular clinic) for:

  • Cleft palate and Craniofacial differences: Assessment and intervention as necessary as part of Cleft and Craniofacial Team.
  • Resonance disorders and/or Velopharyngeal Dysfunction:  Assessment and intervention which are often part of specialized clinic.
  • Voice disorders: Assessment and intervention for various voice problems including nodules, vocal cord paralysis, and vocal cord dysfunction
  • Developmental language difficulties and disorders:  Assessment and intervention or referral for intervention services. See eligibility criteria.
  • Neonatology Clinic: Assessment and intervention or referral for intervention services.
  • Speech-language difficulties associated with an acute (e.i. traumatic brain injury) or a complex medical condition: Assessment and intervention, or referral for intervention services. See eligibility criteria.
  • Brain, Development and Behaviour Clinics: Multidisciplinary assessment of children presenting with neurodevelopmental delays. Click here for Eligibility Criteria for a referral

Note: Children 0-7 years old with suspected developmental delays including questions of Autism Spectrum Disorder who require assessment via a multidisciplinary team should be referred via the Brain, Development and Behaviour (BDB) Centralized Intake Office.

Stuttering/fluency: Our department does not see children who stutter. If stuttering has persisted for 6 months or more, please refer directly to your regional “Centre de réadaptation en déficience physique” (CRDP) or CIUSSS. Click here for general information and resources regarding stuttering.

 

Resources

Bilingualism/Multilingualism

Language is a skill that is innate in every human. No matter what environment a child is brought up in, they have the capability to learn a language, and in many cases, two languages before starting school. In Québec, many families have one parent who speaks French and one parent who speaks English.  Other families have one parent who speaks French or English and another parent who speaks a different language.  Even if English, French, or another language is the only language spoken at home, a child can be exposed to a second language depending on the neighborhood where the family lives, or the daycare that the child attends.

Some parents, caregivers, and even teachers might think that exposing a child to several languages at a young age can confuse them and delay their learning of another language. Dr. Fred Genesee, Professor of Psychology at McGill University, has completed research and compiled data on learning two languages from an early age. Click here to read more about conclusions and guidelines for parents based on current research.

MCH pamphlets:

Useful links:

Introduction to Nasoendoscopy and Videofluoroscopy

Language Development

The prevalence of speech and language disorders has been estimated to be approximately 13% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 years, with a 2 to 1 male to female ratio. Speech and language disorders can be found in isolation in a child, coexisting with another condition (example: attention deficit disorder), or as part of a broader condition (e.g. epilepsy, ASD, head injury, etc.)

MCH documents:

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. Click your preferred language: English, AmharicArabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Cree, Dinka, Farsi, French, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog.

Contact us

1001 Boulevard Décarie, Room: A04.3140
Montréal, QC H4A 3J1

 

Department of Speech and Language
Telephone: 514-412-4491  
Fax: 514-412-4296

Questions about an already scheduled appointment:

Room: A04.3140

Tel: 514-412-4491

Refer a patient 

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

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

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