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ABOUT THIS LISTING

The purpose of this website is to provide a centralized list of private practice speech-language pathologists in Nova Scotia. It was created to help Nova Scotians connect with private practice SLPs, assist SLPs when referring to colleagues who practice in certain regions or clinical areas, and create a resource for other professionals referring their clients/patients to private SLP services.

 

This website is maintained on a voluntary basis by a private practice SLP; it is not that of a formal professional association. 

 

Inclusion on this list is voluntary and may not be a complete listing of all private services in Nova Scotia. Inclusion on this listing does not imply endorsement of any practitioner.

This website is in a trial stage as it is being built.

OTHER LISTINGS

Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NSCASLP)

www.nscaslp.ca

NSCASLP is the regulatory college for audiologists and SLPs in Nova Scotia. Registration and licensing with NSCASLP is legally required to practice in Nova Scotia. They maintain a public registry of all their members.

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC)

www.sac-oac.ca

SAC is the national professional association for audiologists and SLPs in Canada. They have a listing of members on their website. Membership with SAC is voluntary and not required for practice in Nova Scotia.

ABOUT PRIVATE SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

As with other health professionals, services by speech-language pathologists are available through publicly-funded services (Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia [MSI Program] and through the Regional Centres for Education) and through privately-funded services (insurance plan benefits, personal funds, funding programs such as Jordan's Principle).

 

This website provides a list of private practice speech-language pathologists. These practitioners' services are paid for privately by clients with insurance coverage and/or private funds ("out of pocket"). Private services may also be funded by third parties such as Veterans Affairs Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces, Community Services, and Jordan's Principle. Unless required by your insurance provider, you do not need a doctor's referral for private speech-language pathology services.

All speech-language pathologists who practice in Nova Scotia must be licensed with the Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.

ABOUT SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

Scope: Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are the health and education professionals who are qualified to provide assessment and therapeutic services for persons with communication disorders. They are qualified to both identify/diagnose and treat such disorders.

 

Education: SLPs must complete a 2-3 year program of graduate studies and earn a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Sciences and Disorders. These programs prepare them specifically to practice as SLPs.s Before pursing their graduate studies, they must have earned a bachelors degree (e.g., psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, biology). SLPs who want to pursue careers in research go on to earn a doctoral degree (Ph.D.). SLPs must complete continuing education activities every year to maintain their license.

 

Licensing: In Nova Scotia, the scope of practice of SLPs is defined in the Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Act. The practice of speech-language pathology in Nova Scotia is regulated by the NS College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. To practice, SLPs must be licensed with the College. They must complete their master's degree at an approved SLP program and demonstrate completion of continuing education. SLPs indicate that they are licensed with NSCASLP by including "SLP-Reg" in their signature line.

Professional Association: Many SLPs in Nova Scotia are members of Canada's professional association for speech-language pathologists and audiologists - Speech-Language and Audiology Canada. SLPs who are clinically certified with SAC (pass an examination and meet continuing education requirements) may include "SLP(C)" in their signature line.

For more information, please visit these websites:

Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NSCASLP)

www.nscaslp.ca

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC)

www.sac-oac.ca

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