Speech Therapy programs are run by a speech language pathologist (SLP), who is available 21 hours/week. Prior to enrolment in regular therapy sessions, an assessment with the SLP is required. Every effort is made to book regular weekly appointments on an as available basis. A speech language pathologist assistant (SLPA) and volunteers, under the guidance of the SLP, are also available for additional weekly sessions.
The goals of speech therapy are:
- To enhance communication levels for those with speech deficits by improving their language skills within the limits of their stroke traumas.
- To assess each new member of the NSSRC who has potential communication barriers.
- To guide and instruct the SLPA and volunteers of the NSSRC who assist with the speech therapy program.
- To implement activities consistent with the goals of the Centre.
- To keep detailed notes of speech sessions with members and to review and revise goals as required.