Communication Sciences and Disorders

Career Opportunities

Speech-Language Pathologists
Speech-language pathology (SLP) is an area of professional specialization concerned with disorders of human communication as manifested in the processes of speech, language, and hearing problems. Assessment and treatment of these disorders are provided either directly to the individual, or indirectly on his behalf by consultations with family members and/or other professional personnel. 

Clinical services include the evaluation of speech, language and/or hearing impairment by a wide variety of diagnostic procedures followed, when indicated, by a therapeutic program. These activities involve cooperation with many specialists including physicians, educators, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other members of the rehabilitation team. 

Research includes those pursuits which seek to increase basic understanding of the complex processes of speech, hearing, and language; increase knowledge of the etiology, symptomology and prognosis of the various disorders; and develop improved methods for the evaluation and treatment of these disorders. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact speech-language pathologists in their local area to gain more information on the nature of the profession.

MSc SLP graduates are eligible to apply for membership and certification in the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA). In Alberta, the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA) is in charge of statutory registration. The Alberta Government Health Professions Act specifies that all SLPs working in Alberta must be registered with ACSLPA.

Speech-language pathologists may serve in any one of the following employment settings:

Public Health Agencies
Under the administration and provincial and municipal governments, speech-language pathologists and audiologists are employed to work in the rural and city health units. They work in close cooperation with other members of the health unit team to provide diagnostic and treatment services to children and adults in all areas of speech and language disorders.

Public and Separate School Systems
Many school systems use the services of speech-language pathologists, either on a full-time basis within one setting, or on an itinerant basis, in which several schools are served. In some school systems, audiologists are employed to conduct "hearing conservation" programs to identify children with hearing losses and to institute necessary treatment and training.

Residential Schools and Day Classes for the Handicapped Child
Educational programs for the deaf, learning disabled, mentally retarded, or physically handicapped child, either in a residential or day class environment, typically include the services of a speech-language pathologist to assist other professionals in providing a comprehensive program of education and training for children with special handicaps. Many of these settings are in need of audiological services and special auditory training programs to further complement the specialized training procedures required by these children.

Contact Information for CASLPA and ACSLPA

CASLPA 
Suite 2006, 130 Alberta Street, Ottawa ON K1P 5G4 
Ph: 613-567-9968; 613 - 567-2859 Fax 800 - 259-8519
Email: caslpa@caslpa.ca

ACSLPA
Suite 209, 3132 Parsons Road, Edmonton AB T6N 1L6
Ph: 780-944-1609, 1-800-537-0589 (within Alberta)
Fax: 780-408-3925 E-mail: headoffice@acslpa.ab.ca