Working in partnership with families, speech-language pathologists focus on programs which develop and maintain functional communication and feeding during daily activities.
What is Speech Pathology?
Speech language pathology is the science of evaluating communication and feeding/swallowing skills and addressing areas of concern based on developmental norms and functional needs.
Who are we?
Speech language pathologists are licensed practitioners under the College of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Ontario. Support staff include communication disorders assistants and clerks.
JMCC is committed to continued education for therapists to ensure they provide quality, up to date services to our clients and their families.
Programs & Services:
- Outpatient Program : Specific therapy programs are provided for children who attend JMCC on an outpatient basis.
- In-Centre Services : Therapy programs and services are provided to eligible children who attend the on-site JMCC school or preschool.
- School Health Support Services Program: Speech Language pathologists are contracted through the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) to provide assessment and intervention for eligible children in community schools. To inquire about services in a community school, contact the CCAC case manager for your area.
- In your home: Services are provided in family homes under contract with the Community Care Access Centre. Home therapy is provided for eligible children and youth who require communication therapy but for whom illness or injury prevents them from leaving their home to attend outpatient services or to attend school. To receive services in your home, contact the case manager for your area at the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).
- Hanen program (Early language parent training).
- Essex Preschool Speech and Language Services.
Services may include:
Communication Therapy Services May Include:
- Assessment and treatment
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Parent training programs
- Home programs
- Educational workshops
Assessment consists of evaluating clients in the areas of:
- Feeding and swallowing
- Understanding of language
- Expressive use of language
Testing and interviewing are conducted by a speech-language pathologist who is a member of a multidisciplinary team consisting of child/client, family and other professionals.
The child's strengths and needs are identified in collaboration with the family and multidisciplinary team.
Treatment addresses functional performance based on specific needs of the client and family during self-care, school, work and leisure activities in the following areas:
Treatment may include direct therapy (individual or group), use of a mediator model, consultation with parents and caregivers, and home programming. Referrals for Parent Training Programs are made when appropriate.