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FAQ

  1. Is it my fault if my child has a language disorder or dysphasia ?
    Language disorders appear gradually while a child is maturing, but are caused by a neurologic disorder in place since birth. Therefore, a stimulating, devoted and loving parent can have a child with a language disorder.
  2. My child is still mixed up with some sounds in words. Should I be worried ?
    It is normal for children to mix up some sounds in words when they are young, even more with difficult words. Nevertheless, those mix ups should decrease till beginning of school. If you have some concerns on that matter, talk to your doctor or a speech and language pathologist in your area.
  3. Is it safe and necessary to use a Q-tip to clean out your ears ?
    No, it is not necessary nor safe to use a Q-tip to clean out your ears, nor those of your children. It can cause damage to your ear canal and/or your eardrum. To clean your ears, it is recommended to use a soft washcloth and simply clean them with your little finger at at the beginning of your ear canal.
  4. My child has difficulties reading and writing. Who can I go to ?
    The speech and language pathologist is the professional who evaluate writing competences to identify a possible writing language disorder (dyslexia and dysorthographia). He is also the one that analyses your child oral language abilities to see the bigger picture on his overall language skills.
  5. If my child stutters, is it because he is stressed or tired ?
    When you are talking, your brain analyses what you are saying and is always ready to correct mistakes that could appear. When stuttering , the brain has more difficulties with speech analysis. The analysis is slower which affect speech fluidity (talking without any mistakes). Certain factors can increase/decrease stuttering but only temporarily. Therefore, stress, a traumatic event or fatigue cannot cause the stutter but can exacerbate its presence. A child who stutters will continue stuttering even if he is calm and confident.
  6. Is it true that headphone and mp3 devices can cause hearing loss ?
    Yes, depending on the volume used to listen to the music and the duration of exposition. To know if the volume of your mp3 device is safe, ask someone to talk to you from about a meter. If you cannot hear him, this means that the volume of your music is too high and can be dangerous for your hearing. If the volume is less than 50% of the maximum output of your device, it is probably safe.
  7. Is there an age where a child cannot overcome his language issues ?
    Early intervention plays in important role in improving the skills of children with language difficulties or disorders. However, it is never too late to take steps to overcome one’s language difficulties. Speech and language pathologists can support people from all age in giving tools to compensate or diminish the manifestations of a language disorders. A lot of people starts speech and language therapy only in adulthood, and still have some great improvings in terms of every day communication.
  8. At what age can we see an audiologist ?
    As soon as you are worried concerning your audition or your child’s. An auditory screening and/or a full audiologic evaluation can be done as soon as birth. If you are concerned about your child’s hearing, it is really important to see an audiologist or to talk about it with your doctor as soon as possible.
  9. At what age can we begin to see a speech and language pathologist ?
    Early intervention plays a primary role in prevention and support to language and communication in children. Speech and language pathologists work often with preschoolers to prevent and act rapidly on language. In certain cases, babies with less than a year can beneficiate of speech and language services (counseling to the parents, early stimulation, stimulation for hard of hearing infants, …). If you suspect any difficulties with language, speech or communication with your children, see a speech and language pathologist or talk with your doctor.
  10. Do speech and language pathologists work only with children ?
    Speech and language pathologists work with people of every age. They can work with a great variety of groupe age (new born, toddlers, preschoolers, schoolers, teens, adults, old people) for a great variety of issues in various work places (kindergarten, readaptation center, hospitals, schools, CHSLD, etc.)
  11. Where can I find a speech and language pathologist or an audiologist in private practice?
    You can consult the list of private clinics on this website (AQOA) or on the website of the professional order of speech and language pathologists and audiologists (OOAQ). Those lists can help you identify the nearest clinics in relation to your issue and the age of the person that needs a consult.
  12. How can I have acces to a speech and language pathologist or an audiologist in my area? Is a referral of a doctor is obligatory?
    A referral of a doctor is often asked in order to be enlisted on the waiting list for services in audiology or speech and language pathology. Waiting times vary greatly from a region to another. For speech and language and pathology, evaluations are generally done in hospitals, CLSC, in kindergarten or in school.  In audiology, first assessments are made in hospitals. It is also possible to see an audiologist or a speech and language pathologist in private practice. Services cost do vary from one clinic to another, but a referral is generally not necessary.

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