London Speech and Language Centre


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London Speech and Language Centre

  1. 1. London Speech & Language Centre 1589 Fanshawe Park Road East London Ontario, N5X 3Z9, 519-642-7370,
  2. 2. Communication The most critical human function allowing full participation in society
  3. 3. Why is communication so Vital? <ul><li>Primary way to build human relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Principal means of organizing behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Central to cognitive & academic development, especially literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts job-finding & retention </li></ul><ul><li>Influences social acceptability & popularity </li></ul>
  4. 5. Communication difficulties can affect every aspect of a person’s daily function. Early intervention is critical in preventing social, emotional, academic and vocational failure.
  5. 6. Impact of Communication Disorders (CDs) <ul><li>Literacy failure </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in school drop-out rates (45% for CDs vs. 23% for non-impaired) </li></ul><ul><li>Unsuspected language disorders are 10 x more likely in kids with behavior problems </li></ul>
  6. 7. High Incidence of CDs among individuals with… <ul><li>Learning disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>ADHD / CAPD </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing loss </li></ul><ul><li>Autism spectrum disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual disability </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional disturbance </li></ul><ul><li>Environment deprivation </li></ul>
  7. 8. Facts about Language Disorders <ul><li>Largest handicapping condition in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Affects 6 -10% of all students </li></ul><ul><li>Possible long-term problems with relationships, education and self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Higher incidence for boys </li></ul>
  8. 9. Reading & Language Disorders <ul><li>Most poor readers have a history of spoken language problems </li></ul><ul><li>73% of 2 nd graders with poor reading have phonemic awareness or spoken language problems in kindergarten </li></ul><ul><li>If a child is not a fluent reader by Grade 4 they will struggle into adulthood </li></ul>
  9. 10. Our Mission <ul><li>To maximize the social, emotional, educational and vocational advancement </li></ul><ul><li>of children & adults with communication </li></ul><ul><li>and learning challenges. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Speech-Language Pathologists’ Role <ul><li>Prevention & Early Intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cognitive-communication skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speech, language, voice, fluency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading, writing, spelling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Treatment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consultation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School and community-based programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Advocacy & Research </li></ul><ul><li>Public Education </li></ul>
  11. 12. Who Do We Serve? <ul><li>Preschool children </li></ul><ul><li>School-aged children </li></ul><ul><li>Adolescents </li></ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors </li></ul>
  12. 13. Benefits of Early Intervention <ul><li>Improved social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Better behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Improved self-help skills </li></ul><ul><li>Better problem-solving and reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Improved learning abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced need for special services in school </li></ul>The earlier we start, the better the outcome!
  13. 14. Speech & Language Development Sound Acquisition Age: 3 to 4 years: m, b, n, t, p, d, k, g, w, h and vowels 5 to 6 years: sh, ch, l, l blends 7 years: v, j, th, s, z, r, s, blends, r blends Vocabulary and Sentences 12 to 18 months: first words 2 years: 2 word sentences 3 years: 3 to 4 word sentences; 400 to 900 word vocabulary 5 years: Rapid advancement in language skills.
  14. 15. <ul><li> Response to verbal directions. </li></ul><ul><li>Talks too little or too much. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoidance of social situations. </li></ul><ul><li> Development of basic concepts. </li></ul><ul><li> Reading or spelling. </li></ul><ul><li>Trouble analyzing & integrating information (spoken or written). </li></ul><ul><li> Sequencing ideas or generating questions (organized & appropriate to situations). </li></ul><ul><li>Trouble with figurative language, e.g. “Cut it out!” </li></ul><ul><li> Understanding or use of vocabulary; overuse of nonspecific words, e.g. “stuff”. </li></ul><ul><li> Ability to identify main ideas in oral or written descriptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Poor use of pronouns, e.g. “Dad and John came over. He laughed”. </li></ul><ul><li>Incomplete or disorderly written work. </li></ul><ul><li>Disorganized, impulsive, rigid, immature or easily frustrated. </li></ul>Red Flags for Language Disorders in School Age Children
  15. 16. Tyke Talk Preschool services London, Strathroy, Woodstock, St. Thomas No doctor’s referral necessary (519) 663-5317 x2224 Child Parent Resource Institute Children with multiple challenges Doctor’s referral is required (519) 858-2775 Speech-Language Pathology Services London and Region UWO Speech & Hearing Clinic All ages No doctor’s referral needed (519) 661-2021 Public & Catholic School Boards School age services Contact your school principal PRIVATE London Speech & Language Centre All ages No doctor’s referral needed Funded programs available (519) 642-7370 or 1-800-456-2848 OHIP COVERED
  16. 17. Publicly Funded Services “ Too many, -OAFCCD Fact Sheet for too little” wait too long,
  17. 18. Who Are We? <ul><li>Speech-Language Pathologists </li></ul><ul><li>Special Education Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Disorders Assistants </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childhood Educators </li></ul>
  18. 19. Convenience <ul><li>No waiting lists </li></ul><ul><li>Seen within 2 weeks of referral </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible hours (i.e. after-school and Saturdays) </li></ul><ul><li>School break programs (March, Christmas, Summer holidays) </li></ul><ul><li>Community-based (i.e. in-home, in-school) services </li></ul>
  19. 20. LSLC Services for Kids Services for Adults Speech-Language Pathology Assessment <ul><li>Academic Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul>“ Talk it Up” and “Read it Up” Saturday Programs “ Talk About Fun” School Break Camps Workshops (free LSLC talks, low cost training workshops) Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Academic Testing & Advocacy Voice Assessment & Therapy Stuttering Assessment and Therapy Accent Reduction Literacy Assessment & Therapy Cognitive-Communication Assessment Speech-Language Assistant Therapy Educational Assessment & Advocacy Speech-Language Therapy Academic Tutoring Cognitive Communication Assessment & Treatment Speech-Language Therapy Parent/Teacher Consultation Therapy Assistant Services
  20. 21. Unique Programs <ul><li>“ Talk About Fun” Camps (3-12 yr olds) </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Assessment & Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Fast ForWord </li></ul><ul><li>Public Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Disorders Assistants </li></ul><ul><li>Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Talk it Up” Saturday Program (3-8 yr olds) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Read it Up” Saturday Program (7-12 yr olds) </li></ul>
  21. 22. Fees <ul><li>Employee/Health Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Child Disability Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Native Band Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Auto Insurance (for accidents) </li></ul><ul><li>LSLC Funding </li></ul>Often covered by: Initial consultation visits are free!
  22. 23. Group Benefits <ul><li>“Speech-Language Pathologist” </li></ul><ul><li>“Speech Therapist” </li></ul><ul><li>“Other Health Services” </li></ul>Look for…
  23. 24. Tax Credit All testing, therapy and tutoring payments (not covered by third party insurance or employee benefits), may qualify as a medical expense on your tax return.