For children and adults experiencing communication difficulties, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph’s Speech-Language Pathology Program can help.
At St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG), professionals are on hand to assess and/or treat communication disorders and feeding/ swallowing disorders. Children from birth to school-aged (who are not yet eligible for senior kindergarten) and those over the age of 16 years are eligible for our services. Children who fall between school-aged (eligible for senior kindergarten) and 16 years have access to speech-language services through the school system.
Children most often attend our program to improve their language skills in a number of areas including comprehension, expression, and social skills. Alternatively, or in addition, we can help improve their speech skills in the areas of articulation, oral motor, voice, and fluency.
Children must be referred to our Speech-Language Pathology Department through Wee Talk, the Wellington Dufferin Preschool Speech and Language Service System (see Wee Talk link below). Wee Talk is a network of speech and language services available in Wellington-Dufferin. Intake services for the Wee Talk system are operated by the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Health Unit. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to contact Wee Talk to learn more about speech and language problems and what can be done to help solve them.
SJHCG also provides speech-language consultations and education to children and childcare providers involved in licensed childcare settings through Inclusion Support Services. Inclusion Support Services referrals are completed by the childcare staff with parental consent.
Adults who are patients of SJHCG in the complex medical or rehabilitation programs, have access to communication and feeding/swallowing assessments and intervention. Adults in the Guelph community may access outpatient communication services.
A Speech-Language Pathologist works with clients for whom communication has been affected by stroke, traumatic brain injury, or degenerative disease. They also provide services for voice disorders (vocal quality, pitch, loudness), and fluency.
Help with communication difficulties may involve assessment and treatment to improve one or more areas of communication or cognitive language skills, including receptive and expressive language, speech, reasoning, problem-solving, memory, and organization skills required to communicate effectively. A Speech-Language Pathologist may also promote social participation and support for family members by connecting clients and families to additional resources and programs in the community.
A swallowing disorder can harm the health of those affected. Early identification and treatment of swallowing disorders can help prevent malnutrition, dehydration, and pulmonary problems. It can also promote greater independence in elderly people.
Important Information to Note
- SJHCG does NOT offer outpatient swallowing services
- Participants for outpatient services require a physician’s referral
- All voice referrals must be accompanied by a recent ENT report
As with all conditions, early identification and intervention yields the best results. Successful rehabilitation of a disorder can lead to better school and job success as well as improved social integration.
To enquire about Speech-Language Pathology at SJHCG, please contact the Speech-Language Clerk at ext. 4303.
Follow the links below for more information about Speech-Language Pathology: