Heartland Health Region’s Speech and Language Services provide options and opportunities for the development of speech and language skills for preschool children and addresses the communication needs in an adult population. Referrals may be received from the family or a professional service. Interventions may be conducted in a clinic or in the child’s/adult’s home.
Heartland’s Speech and Language services are delivered by a qualified Speech Language Pathologist, who provides the following:
1. An assessment of the communication skills of the child or the adult.
2. Development of home-based and facility-based programs.
3. Provision of information pertinent to the need and circumstance.
4. Seminars and workshops for consumers and service providers.
The intervention process is determined and conducted in close collaboration with the family and other service providers who may be involved in the child’s or adult’s programming.
Depending on the age of the individual, the program focuses different aspects of speech and language. For example:
• Among preschoolers with delays, the main focus of the service is to develop the speech-language-communication skills.
• Among adults who have experienced a stroke, or have communication difficulties due to ABI, Alzheimer’s and Neurological Impairments, the focus is to re-establish, maintain or augment speech-language-communication skills.
As well, the Speech and Language Services address the following issues:
1. Preschool children and adults with voice problems.
2. Breakdowns in the fluency of the child’s/adult’s speech (stuttering).
3. The application of Alternative and Augmentative Communication strategies for nonverbal individuals and individuals with limited communication skills.
Heartland also runs the following Special Programs in the area of Speech and Language:
For Preschoolers: The Partners in Communication Program was piloted and developed as a community-based program for preschool children who achieved minimum success utilizing traditional intervention strategies. The new approach includes a program partner who conducts the home-program for the parent/s.Partners in Communication won the 1998 SAHO Green Ribbon Award for excellence.
For Adults: ‘Endeavour: A Communication Strategy for Seniors in Facilities’ is an innovative approach to stimulate contact and interaction with and among individuals with Stroke, ABI, Alzheimer’s and Neurological Impairments.
Clinics are held in Davidson, Outlook, Rosetown, Biggar, Unity, Kindersley, Kerrobert. Satellite clinics may be held in Wilkie, Macklin, Eston Eatonia and Lucky Lake.