Speech & Language Therapy
The ability to communicate is essential to learning, working and social interactions.
Speech and Language disorders:
- significantly interfere with education and limit or eliminate employment
- isolate a person from family, friends and society
- impact upon the whole development of the child
- can be a symptom of more serious disorders
- may not resolve without professional help
The speech and language department at RVH is staffed by a speech-language pathologist who is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario. Services are offered to adults and preschool children.
Telephone: 613-432-4851, ext. 186
Service for Preschool Children
- This service is provided in partnership with First Words Ottawa and Renfrew County (formerly Sprouting Speech).
- All preschool referrals are processed at 1-866-994-8124, ext 5905.
- Referrals are accepted from parents and health care providers. Referrals from daycare centres and schools are only processed once parental consent is obtained.
- Intervention may take the form of parent training, home program, individual intervention, group intervention or a combination of these forms.
When to make a referral:
- a child is not making cooing and babbling sounds as an infant or toddler
- a child is not interacting socially or is not communicating using sounds or gestures as an infant or toddler
- a child is not following directions or understanding what is said
- a child is not saying any words by age of 18 months
- a child says fewer than 50 words by age 2
- a child is still not using two and three word sentences by age 3
- a child's speech is difficult to understand after age 3
- a child is leaving off many beginning or final consonants after age 3
- a child is self-conscious about his/her speech
- a child avoids communicating with others
- a child repeats words or sounds when trying to speak (stuttering)
Services for Adults
- Consultation regarding
communication difficulties resulting from stroke, head injury,
Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, etc. (referral by
physician or speech-language pathologist)
- Swallowing assessments (physician referral required)