Camp Inukshuk

Camp Inukshuk is a day camp for children with communication challenges, run by the Family Speech Clinic. This year camp is running from July 9 to 27. The campers have great fun playing outside, singing songs and participating in group games. All campers get one-on-one therapy with University of Toronto Speech-Language Pathology students each day. Our energetic Camp Counsellors have been making beautiful crafts with the campers, which they proudly share with their parents at the end of the day. We have consent from the parents to show these fun photos!


June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

In Canada, brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44. (braininjurycanada.ca)

Acquired brain injuries range from mild to catastrophic. The type of brain injury could be traumatic – the result of a trauma such as a car accident or near drowning – or non-traumatic, caused by a stroke or heart attack, tumour, drug abuse, or infection.

Role of a speech-language pathologist: Assess all aspects of an individuals communication such as listening, speaking, reading and writing plus their cognitive or thinking skills including attention, memory, organization, reasoning and judgement.

From this assessment the Speech Language Pathologist will determine the extent to which these cognitive-communication difficulties may affect the person’s return to work, school, family interactions, and/or return to activities in the community and develop a treatment plan that can be carried out by themselves or a Communicative Disorders Assistant, under the SLP’s guidance.

For more information on Brain Injuries please visit the following link.



Dysphagia Awareness Month

Dysphagia (swallowing disorders) refers to the feeling of difficulty passing food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Dysphagia happens when the muscles in the mouth and/or throat become weak after illness or injury.
Some people with dysphagia have difficulty chewing food and moving it around in their mouth. Other people with dysphagia have difficulty actually swallowing the food.

The role of a Speech Language Pathologist: Includes identification, assessment and management of swallowing function and thus improving the individuals quality of life.

One of the most common causes of dysphagia is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), where stomach acids move up the esophagus.
Some illnesses or injuries can cause damage to part of the brain resulting in dysphasia.

Other causes may include
• progressive neurologic disorder
• the presence of a tracheostomy tube
• a paralyzed or unmoving vocal cord
• a tumour in the mouth, throat or esophagus
• surgery in the head, neck or esophageal areas
• drooling
• a feeling that food or liquid is sticking in the throat during or after a meal
• discomfort in the throat or chest
• a sensation of a foreign body or “lump” in the throat
• weight loss and inadequate nutrition due to prolonged or more significant problems with swallowing
• coughing or choking caused by food, liquid or saliva
• small amounts of food, liquid or saliva being sucked into the lungs.

• Medication
• Swallowing Therapy by a Speech Language Pathologist
• Surgery
• Special Diet

The above information was obtained from www.osla.on.ca


Upcoming Information Sessions

May is Speech and Hearing Month. It is a time when speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communicative disorder assistants share information about how they ensure that speech, language, swallowing, hearing and balance are recognized as part of total wellness, and work with the public to increase awareness about how important it is to be able to communicate.

In honour of Speech and Hearing Awareness Month we are inviting the public to information sessions organized by the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) in partnership with the Department of Speech‐Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Helping Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury Overcome Communication Barriers

When: Wednesday May 10, 2017

Where: 500 University Ave., Toronto, Room 140

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Jeanette Podolsky, Clinical Director at The Speech Therapy Centres of Canada, will present this session and will explore the role that speech-language pathologists play in helping individuals overcome various communication barriers following a traumatic brain injury.

Helping Children Overcome Speech Sound Difficulties

When: Monday May 29, 2017

Where: 500 University Ave., Toronto, Room 140

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

This session will explore the role that speech‐language pathologists play in helping individuals overcome speech sound difficulties. The discussion will include an overview of the types of speech sound difficulties in children, the types of treatments and service‐delivery models available for children, the impact of speech language pathologists in early intervention, as well as the referral process for school age children.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Pascal van Lieshout, Margit Pukonen, Beverley Benassi, Dr. Savannah Cardew, and Kristi Kwan.


Continuing Education

Beth attended a workshop at Southlake Regional Health Centre entitled, Passy-Muir Valve Application for Tracheostomy and Ventilator Use in April 2017. The Passy-Muir Valve is a one way valve that is placed on tracheostomy tubes in order to facilitate speech and swallowing. Beth has been using this system in her work at Southlake since 1994 and was pleased to receive the latest research on the valve.

To see other courses our staff have completed click on the About Us link above and look under Continuing Education.