Terms used to describe speech and language personnel
Audiologist - A professional
who has completed a qualifying degree and/or certification
courses and is registered with the College of
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Ontario (CASLPO).
An audiologist is able to complete tests to determine level
of hearing, and to provide rehabilitation services to
persons with hearing loss. An Audiologist may also be
qualified to prescribe equipment and devices to enhance
Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)
- A graduate of a community college Communicative Disorders
Assistant Program. The CDA may deliver programs to children
under the direction of and supervision of a Speech-Language
Pathologist who has assessed the child and developed the
Sign Language Interpreter -
Individuals who have been trained to use sign language for a
person with a hearing impairment. An interpreter may be
assigned to an individual or group to translate information.
Speech Assistant or Hearing Assistant
- These terms are used to describe support personnel who are
working under the direction and supervision of either a
Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist
Speech Teacher - Until recently
Teachers could take extra courses which would qualify them
to deliver speech remediation programs. Some school boards
in Ontario continue to utilize Speech Teachers in the
delivery of programs to children.
Speech Therapist - A common
term used to describe a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Speech-Language Pathologist -
An individual with a university degree, usually at the
Masters level, who is registered with the College of
Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario,
and is qualified to assess speech, language and voice
disorders and prescribe and implement therapeutic measures.
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