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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists work alone or as part of a team to help individuals of all ages communicate effectively. Their role is to identify, assess, evaluate, treat, manage, educate and help to prevent language, speech, voice, fluency, cognitive and other related communication disorders, as well as swallowing problems. These difficulties may be caused by a number of health problems such as delayed development, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, genetic disorders, or hearing loss.

The Arnprior Regional Health speech-language pathologist currently provides service to preschoolers and their families.  Referrals to the speech-language pathologist are made through the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Sprouting Speech Program. The service is part of a province-wide funding initiative to make it easier for parents to seek speech-language pathology treatment for a child who may be slow to talk, have difficulty understanding what is being said, is stuttering, is hard of hearing or is not understood by others.

When a parent comes to the hospital with a child who is having difficulty, the speech language pathologist will assess the child (this may take two to three sessions), coach or help the parent learn strategies to stimulate effective communication, outline a home program, and may develop individual and/or group therapy sessions. During the initial assessment, the following will be evaluated: the child’s behaviour/play skills, receptive language (comprehension), expressive language, articulation and phonology (use of speech sounds), pragmatic skills (the social use of language), voice, fluency, and oral motor structure and function.

To make a referral to the program, Renfrew County parents who want a speech-language assessment for their preschooler can contact CCAC Sprouting Speech at 1-613-732-7007, ext. 5905 and ask to speak with Ginger Goldberg-Boucher, Intake Assistant for the Preschool Speech and Language program. (toll free 1-866-994-8124 ext.5905)

The speech-language clinic geared to preschoolers is located on the second floor of the Arnprior hospital.  Normal hours of operation are Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 4:00.  You can contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , directly at (613) 623-3166 x271 if you need to cancel or rebook a scheduled appointment.

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