Speech Language Pathology:

Communications skills are vital to our fundamental development and the function of our everyday lives, yet millions of Canadians and their families live with the challenges of speech, language, and hearing disorders. Speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and supportive personnel such as communication disorders assistants, are trained professionals who work with people of all ages dealing with issues related to speech, language, hearing, swallowing, and other related disorders. Each clinician's goal is to help clients achieve an enhanced quality of life.

A master’s degree or equivalent is the recognized standard of qualification for speech-language pathologists. Working with educators, medical and rehabilitation personnel, Psychologists and Social Workers, SLPs are part of a comprehensive team of rehabilitation specialists.

Meet the SHHA Speech and Language Staff...

Jen Skinner, M.A., Speech-Language Pathologist (C), Reg. CASLPO
Jen has been part of the SHHA team since October 2011. She provides part-time services to SHHA adult inpatients as well as preschool aged children (from birth to the beginning of senior kindergarten) through the Preschool Speech and Language Program. The services provided are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Dawn Edgar, Communication Disorders Assistant
Dawn is a seasoned veteran at SHHA who provides part-time mediated services to preschool aged children through the Small Talk preschool language program. Dawn brings great knowledge and expertise to the area of preschool speech and language intervention.

Small Talk (Huron Perth Preschool Speech/Language Initiative)

Small Talk was created to ensure that all children (from birth to the beginning of Senior Kindergarten) living in Huron and Perth counties are given the best chance of reaching their full speech, language and communication potential. Small Talk is part of a province wide, government initiative designed to bring together new and existing resources to ensure the delivery of a comprehensive preschool speech and language program. Small Talk focuses on prevention, early identification of problems and broadening the methods of treatment provided by Speech Language Pathologists.

Referral system is open and referrals can be made by contacting (866) 333-7716 or (519) 272-8216 and ask for "Small Talk."


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