Speech FAQ
I am a teacher. Some days after teaching, I can hardly talk. My voice sounds hoarse and my throat feels tired. Is this normal?

Voice symptoms like tiredness and hoarseness are not uncommon for people who use their voices a lot as part of their work. It is difficult to say if this is normal fatigue or if there may be an underlying voice problem. If you are concerned, it is best for you to be examined by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. This will require a referral from your family doctor. The ENT may recommend a referral for a voice evaluation. This is done by a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP). The S-LP will do an evaluation and possibly recommend voice therapy. Voice therapy helps determine which voice habits are not good for you and helps you change those habits to make sure you are using your voice properly.

Where can I get advice on whether to purchase an iPad for my family member?

In order to know whether or not an iPad would be appropriate for your family member an NSHSC S-LP would need to assess the individual. NSHSC S-LPs can assist you in determining whether current technology (such as the iPad) may be a good-fit for addressing the communication needs of your family member. Depending on the person, technology such as this may or may not be the best choice. S-LPs take into consideration the individual's specific communication needs and skills, as well as a number of other important factors.

What apps would be good for my family member who has communication needs?

In order to know whether or not an app would be appropriate for your family member the NSHSC S-LP would need to assess the individual. New apps that can be used by children and adults with communication needs are being developed daily. NSHSC S-LPs through their practice and provincial network are aware of a variety of apps that are being used by children and adults with speech-language challenges. If your family member is a client at the NSHSC, the S-LP may be able to help you through the process of making appropriate app choices based on your family member's needs and abilities.