Nova Scotian preschool children are eligible for outpatient speech-language services up to the age at which they are eligible to start primary school according to Nova Scotia Department of Education criteria.
Many children will need to see a speech-language pathologist (S-LP) before they go to school. There are a number of reasons why a child may need to be assessed and treated by an S-LP. About 10 per cent of children will have some difficulty with their speech and language development. Most of the time, we do not know why a child has a speech/language delay or disorder, and sometimes the reason seems clearer. Children with cleft lip or palate, hearing impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or other abnormalities affecting physical, intellectual, and psychological development, may have difficulties developing normal speech and language skills.