Vote Communication Health 2019: Speech-language pathology services for children and adolescents

Canada needs a national approach to the delivery of speech-language pathology services for children and adolescents.


 

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THE ISSUE


It is imperative that children and adolescents with speech, language and communication challenges have access to high-quality, publicly funded speech-language pathology services. Access to these services is inconsistent across Canada, particularly in rural and remote communities and on-reserve. Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) is calling on the federal government to develop a national approach to the delivery of speech-language pathology services to ensure that all children and adolescents, regardless of where they live in Canada, have access to the services they need.

 

THE BACKGROUND


These challenges often have no known cause, as is the case with developmental language disorder, stuttering and childhood apraxia of speech. Speech, language and communication challenges can also be linked to conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome or cerebal palsy.

A child’s ability to communicate effectively with those around them forms the foundation of their social, emotional and educational development. Early identification of speech, language and communication challenges can prevent subsequent problems in literacy and learning as well as lifelong social, emotional and economic difficulties. Without appropriate access to speech-language pathology services, these children may struggle academically and could face lifelong challenges.

 

 

THE ASK

That the federal government initiate a national study to better understand – and ultimately improve – the delivery of speech-language pathology services available to children and adolescents.

This study would be the first step in the development of a national approach to the delivery of speech-language pathology services for children and adolescents. A national approach will help address current gaps in publicly funded services and improve the educational, social, emotional and financial prospects for children in Canada.

 

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES:


I am concerned that children and adolescents with speech, language and communication challenges have difficulty accessing speech-language pathology services…

If elected to form government, what action would your party take to ensure that children and adolescents with speech, language and communication challenges have access to high-quality speech-language pathology services?

Do you support the federal government initiating a national study of the speech-language pathology services for children and adolescents?

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?


  • Share our SAC graphics on social media.
  • Share the information on this page with your patients, clients, friends and family.
  • Speak to your local candidates and their representatives about this issue.
  • Print off copies of this page and display them at your school or place of work.

 

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