Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)

The goal of speech therapy with individuals on the autism spectrum is to improve all aspects ofcommunication. This includes: comprehension, expression, sound production, and social use oflanguage. A speech-language pathologist may work on a wide range of skills including:

  • Speech problems: articulation errors, Apraxia (trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently), Dysarthria (problems with the muscles that help you talk).
  • Language disorders: language delays, Aphasia (affects the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing).
  • Non-verbal communication: teaching the use of gestural communication, sign language, picture symbols, electronic talking devices, and other non-verbal communication tools.
  • Speech pragmatics: developing an understanding of what to say, how to say it, when to say it, and how to "be" with other people (i.e. not interrupting, following the topic of a conversation, body language, etc.).
  • Conversation skills: teaching back-and-forth exchange (i.e. joint attention).
  • Concept skills: developing comprehension of abstract concepts (i.e. few, justice, peace, etc.).

A speech-language pathologist's role is critical in supporting the individual and the communication partner to maximise opportunities for interaction. Ideally, a speech therapyprogramme is tailored to the specific challenges and the environment of the individual.

Speech-Language Pathologists in Bermuda 

There are several different ways to access services:

  • Department of Health (Government of Bermuda):  Child Development Programme (0 to 4 years), schools
  • Hospital (Bermuda Hospitals Board): King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Rehabilitation Day Hospital, Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute
  • Private Practice 

The Bermuda Speech Language and Audiology Association (BerSLA) website lists all Speech-Language Pathologists in Bermuda. 

Online Service Providers 

Independent Speech
www.independentspeech.com
Engaging and motivating online speech therapy for school-aged children and adults

Online Speech Therapy
www.onlinespeechtherapy.com 
Online speech and language services that blend cutting-edge technology with highly-skilled speech and language experts.