Assessment of Acquired Language Disorders in Bilingual Adults in Ontario


Dear participant,

You are invited to join a study conducted by Catherine Rivard, master’s student at Laurentian University. This research is under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Laurence, Assistant Professor at Laurentian University. This study examines the difficulties experienced by speech-language pathologists in assessing language acquired disorders in bilingual adult population in Ontario. This study is necessary to eventually be able to better serve the population.

Purpose of the research:

By using an online questionnaire, the main purpose of this study is to identify the difficulties that speech-language pathologists faced when assessing language disorders in Ontario's bilingual adult population. The questionnaire will allow us to identify the tools and strategies available to them, the challenges faced, the causes of these difficulties as well as the potential solutions that would facilitate language assessment in bilingual adults.

Benefits envisaged:

You will not personally benefit from participating, but there will be an indirect benefit that will affect speech therapy practice. By participating, you will help highlight the challenges and needs of speech-language pathologists when assessing bilingual individuals with acquired language disorders, in Ontario. In the long term, data could be used to linguistically and culturally adapt a tool to the Francophone population of Ontario. The study will be beneficial to speech-language practice. The study will help enable speech-language pathologists to better serve the bilingual and francophone adult population in Ontario.

Tasks to be completed:

If you agree to participate in this research, you will have to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire will be available in English or French and will be accessible through an online platform. The approximate time required to answer the questionnaire is 20 minutes.

No personal information will be disclosed. The research data will be anonymous and will be kept locked in the office of Sophie Laurence. The shared information will remain strictly confidential and the person in charge of this research and his supervisor will be the only ones to have access to your questionnaire. 

Participation in this project is voluntary. You are free not to answer a question that you feel is embarrassing. You can withdraw from the study at any time without negative impact or consequence. No risks greater than what is encountered in everyday life are anticipated. If you become anxious, testing will end. You will not be required to complete the tasks.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information. You can also contact the Laurentian University Research Ethics Officer or the Office of Research Services at 705-675-1151 (extension 3681 or 2436), toll free: 1-800-461-4030, or e-mail: ethics@laurentian.ca

Thank you for your help in this research project.

Catherine Rivard, Master’s student in Speech-Language Pathology :crivard@laurentian.ca

Under the supervision of: Sophie Laurence, PhD., Assistant Professor, School of Speech-Language Pathology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, P3E 2C6 : slaurence@laurentian.ca, 705.675.1151, extension 4129 or 1-800-461-4030, extension 4129

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