Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy

What is Speech and Language Therapy?
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) provide assessment and treatment for children with communication delays or disorders or feeding and swallowing concerns. Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDA) provide speech and language intervention under the supervision of a SLP.

Communication includes speech, sound production, understanding and producing language and using language to interact with others.

Who is eligible for Speech and Language Therapy?
Lansdowne Children's Centre is the lead agency for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Preschool Speech and Language Program. Lansdowne SLPs provide speech and language intervention to children residing in Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk counties, with service delivery sites in Brantford, Simcoe, Dunnville, and Caledonia. Children are eligible for Preschool Speech and Language services from birth to school entry, with limited services provided to JK aged children. A doctor’s referral is not needed to access services. Early intervention is important, so we have developed a speech and language milestones brochure to enable parents to monitor their child’s communication development ( Click HERE to download the 0-36 month milestones checklist)

What can I expect?
Once a referral to Speech and Language Therapy has been completed your child will be placed on an assessment waitlist, and you will be contacted once a date and time become available. At assessment, you and your child will meet with a SLP who will carry out an evaluation to determine your child’s abilities and needs in communication or feeding. The SLP will review findings and together you will determine the best plan of intervention for your child following our care pathways. This could include

  • Individual or group therapy with a SLP or CDA
  • Monitoring and consultation
  • Home programs
  • Parent and caregiver training

Intervention could be in person, virtual, or a combination of both.

For further information about Speech and Language Therapy at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact: Preschool Speech and Language Intake 519-753-3153 ext. 249 or 247 or toll free  1-800-454-7186


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