Clinical Services

About one out of every ten Canadians lives with a serious communication disorder and 10% of people over the age of 50 have some difficulty swallowing. Stroke, dementia, other brain injuries or diseases can be causes of speech, language or swallowing disorders.

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The Guelph Speech and Language Centre provides clinical speech-language pathology services that can help with the following:

Stuttering

Voice disorders (too loud, too weak, hoarse quality, nodules, etc)

Transgender voice training

Difficulty understanding or producing speech or language

Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems

Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

Service is also available for children with speech and language disorders such as children’s stuttering, voice disorders, or difficulty producing speech sounds or language.

No Charge Initial Consultation
Initial consultations are provided free of charge to clients and/or family members. Visits are approximately 20-30 minutes in length and allow an opportunity for you to discuss your questions or concerns with a speech-language pathologist. The information collected during the visit will help determine whether an assessment is recommended.

Assessment
The initial assessment gathers information about your current level of functioning for speech, language, or swallowing. It reveals the strengths and areas for improvement. The assessment process includes gathering information about the problems you are having, completing formal and informal tests, and observation. An assessment also helps determine how to improve communication or swallowing function. This may be completed in one session or may require more than one session.

Assessment is also ongoing throughout the therapy process in order to evaluate the treatment plan and make changes as needed.

Treatment
Depending on the nature of the disorder, treatment may be provided individually or in a group setting. The treatment goals are determined jointly with you, and the focus is on interventions that are functional and meaningful.