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.

Office Hours
Wednesdays     8:30-4:30
Thursdays         8:30-4:30
Fridays              8:30-12:00

613-432-4851, ext. 186

Services for Adults

  • Remediation of communication difficulties resulting from stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, etc. (referral by physician or speech-language pathologist)
  • Swallowing assessments (referral by physician)

Service for Preschool Children

  • This service is provided in partnership with First Words Ottawa and Renfrew County, the regional Pre-school Speech and Lanuage Program (formerly Sprouting Speech).
  • All preschool referrals are processed at 1-866-994-8124 ext 5905.  
  • Referrals are accepted from parents as well as health care providers. 
  • 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 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 of 3
  • a child's speech is largely unintelligible after age of 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)

Useful links:

First Words

What Parents Need to Know

Handbook of Language and Literacy Development

Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders

The Stuttering Homepage

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario




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