Canada needs a national approach to the delivery of speech-language pathology services for young children.
Access to speech-language pathology services for young children is inconsistent across Canada, particularly in rural and remote communities and on-reserve.
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) is calling on the federal government to incorporate speech-language pathology services into the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Childcare System to ensure that all children, regardless of location and socio-economic status, have access to the services they need during these critical early years of development.
The first five years of life are extremely important for cognitive, social and emotional development. Like other cognitive skills, the development of communication skills is affected by a child’s environment. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are at higher risk of speech, language and communication challenges than their peers.
Early identification of speech, language and communication challenges prevents problems in literacy and learning as well as supports bilingualism and multilingualism. Without appropriate access to speech-language pathology services, these children may struggle at school, be denied access to language immersion programs and face lifelong social, emotional and economic difficulties.
That the federal government support inclusion of speech-language pathology services in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Childcare System.
A national approach will help address current gaps in publicly funded services and improve the educational, social, emotional and financial prospects for children in Canada.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES:
If elected to form government, what action would your party take to ensure that young children with speech, language and communication challenges have access to high-quality speech-language pathology services?
Do you support the inclusion of speech-language pathology services in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Childcare System?
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Share our SAC graphics on social media.
- Share the information on this page with your patients, clients, friends and family.
- Speak to your local candidates and their representatives about this issue.
- Print off copies of this page and display them at your school or place of work.
ADDITIONAL SAC RESOURCES
- The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools Poster
- Position Statement on the Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools
- Language & Literacy (Infosheet | Poster)
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Infosheet | Poster)
- SAC Resource Page: New Criteria and Terminology for Childhood Language Disorder in Canada
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (Poster | Info Sheet)
- Position Statement on the Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Speech, Language and Hearing Milestones Brochure