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.
Therapy services can help with the following:
Voice disorders (too loud, too weak, hoarse quality, nodules, etc)
Difficulty understanding or producing speech or language
Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems
Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
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.
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.