Get to Know Your Speech-Language Pathologist

Shelley B. Ortved

After receiving her master’s degree in speech communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Shelley held a position as a speech-language pathologist at several specialized treatment centers and schools for children and adolescents in both Great Britain and here in the Greater Toronto Area. She provides solid evidence-based treatment. Shelley is registered in the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario and is a member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada and the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

As a member of different treatment teams, Shelley acquired an understanding of the many facets of a child’s life and disability. Helping children communicate their messages is her joy!

As a mother herself, Shelley has navigated the often rugged slopes of raising children and the crucial role that parents play in their child’s development. She is committed to working with you and your child towards a solution to reduce any communication challenges.

Specialties

  • Speech pathology/therapy
  • Speech impediments and disorders
  • Pediatric speech and language treatment
  • Down syndrome
  • Autistic spectrum disorder
  • High-functioning autistic spectrum disorder
  • Global developmental delay
  • Articulation disorders
  • Adolescent speech and language
  • Abstract thinking/communication disorders
  • Global development delay
  • Motor speech disorders

Open Extended Hours for Your Needs

This office offers flexible weekday and weekend hours. Spring/Summer space is available. Home visits available if required. Request a free telephone consultation.

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How We Can Help

The first step in speech therapy is to determine what sort of language issues the patient is exhibiting. This needs to be determined before any form of effective treatment can begin. Speech pathologists can help with language problems that include difficulty speaking clearly, stuttering and other speech flow conditions, trouble with vocal pitch or volume and oral feeding problems. Well trained speech therapists can also aid patients that experience issues understanding language, expressing language and using it in socially appropriate situations. Varying strategies are used to aid in helping their patients fulfil their language goals. Those strategies consist of using language intervention, which are activities that work to build language skills through different mediums, articulation therapy which includes demonstrations of how to physically form words, and feeding therapy. This form teaches patients how to exercise their facial muscles in order to encourage awareness and ease of consuming food.
 

What are the Benefits?

Patients seek out speech therapy treatments in order to improve their language issues, and that’s typically what happens. For children especially, who experience difficulties when speaking with other, speech therapy helps them learn how to speak more clearly and with confidence. Dyslexia and reading comprehension are issues that speech therapy can aid in with developing children. Children who see a speech pathologist also benefit emotionally, socially and academically.
 

Results You Can Expect

Speech therapy treatments, especially for children, can last anywhere from several months to a few years. It all depends on the patient and what their needs are. It’s important to remember that speech therapy can’t cure someone of a speech impediment or underlying issues, it can only help to improve it. Once treatment has ended, whether it’s just for the day or altogether,your therapist will likely give you exercises to do yourself or which your child in order to practice and reinforce speech therapy teachings. It’s also important that speech therapists and their patients get along with one another.