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Speech Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathologists

Who We Are

Speech-language pathologists are professionals who have expertise and specialized training in typical development and disorders of communication and swallowing, as well as assessment and intervention for these areas. In New Brunswick, all speech-language pathologists are governed by a regulatory body and require a certificate of registration from the New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

What We Do

Speech-language pathologists in Horizon Health Network work to enhance communication and swallowing abilities of our patients/ clients. We also work with others who are involved in their care (e.g. friends, relatives, professionals, supportive personnel). Care may be provided during a hospital stay or through visits to outpatient clinics. A variety of services are available including the clinical and/ or instrumental screening, assessment, identification, diagnosis, treatment, and management of:

  • Speech delays and disorders including articulation, phonology, motor speech
  • Delays and disorders of language expression and comprehension (both oral and non-verbal) including augmentative and alternative communication
  • Delays in acquiring pre-literacy skills, such as phonological awareness
  • Fluency disorders including stuttering
  • Voice and resonance disorders
  • Cognitive-communication disorders
  • Communication and swallowing disorders in the context of other diagnoses or impairments including but not limited to: hearing impairments; traumatic brain injury; dementia; developmental; intellectual or genetic disorders; and neurological impairments.

Speech-language pathologists are also involved in promotion, prevention, counselling, and education services to clients, families, caregivers, other professionals, and the public regarding all aspects of communication, and disorders of communication and swallowing.

Why Visit a Speech-Language Pathologist

If a child:

  • Child & SLPIs not speaking by the age of 18 months
  • Is hard to understand
  • Is not following directions or answering questions
  • Is having difficulty feeding (baby), eating, or swallowing food/ liquid
  • Is stuttering (getting stuck when speaking or repeating parts of words, whole words, or sentences)
  • Has a hoarse or raspy voice

If an adult:

  • Adult & SLPIs having difficulty swallowing
  • Is choking or coughing when eating or drinking
  • Has a change in voice
  • Has difficulty speaking or understanding conversations
  • Is stuttering

Did You Know

  • Early language abilities are directly related to later reading abilities
  • At least 30% of people suffer loss of language (aphasia) after a stroke
  • 85% of people with Parkinson's disease have voice, speech, and/ or swallowing difficulties
  • Every $1 spent on early childhood health and development saves up to $9 in future health, social, and justice services. Return on investment (ROI) = 800%

How to Contact Us

The Moncton Hospital & Sackville Memorial Hospital - 857-5365

Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital - 452-5931

Saint John Regional Hospital & St. Joseph's Hospital - 648-6255

Charlotte County Hospital - 465-4542

Sussex Health Centre - 432-3263

Miramichi Regional Hospital - 623-3120

Upper River Valley Hospital - 375-2569

Hotel Dieu of St. Joseph - 273-7295 

Tobique Valley Community Health Centre - 356-6612

 

Speech Pathology and Audiology Canada: www.sac-oac.ca

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