The initial assessment for an adult typically takes place in our office with the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). The type of assessment and the length of the session depend on the adult’s presentation and the reason for referral. The type of testing may also influence the length of the initial assessment. For example, if someone in your family has suffered a stroke, they may be experiencing difficulties with understanding and expression of language. They may also experience difficulties with speech and/or swallowing. If the person you are referring has experienced a brain injury they may exhibit symptoms of concussion, as well as difficulties with many aspects of memory. If the adult is experiencing difficulties with their voice, it may include issues related to vocal misuse or a specific vocal pathology. Patients who require a vocal assessment are typically referred by an Ear Nose and Throat physician; consultation with other voice professionals is typical.
Whether you require a speech, language or voice assessment, there are a wide variety of informal and formal tests that may be administered.
The assessment process will help determine whether the adult may be in need of speech, language or voice therapy. The assessment also helps the SLP determine the types of goals that the adult should be targeting in order to improve their condition. Goals are discussed throughout the session and a treatment plan is formulated with the adult and their family if necessary, should therapy be required. A formal report including the treatment plan is compiled and later distributed to the adult and any other providers in the family’s circle of care at the individual’s request.
If the adult assessment recommends treatment for therapy a treatment plan will be discussed and implemented. The SLP will help you determine the best location and frequency of therapy. Typically therapy can be provided by the SLP in office. A typical session includes building a rapport while implementing treatment strategies towards specific goals related to their diagnosis.
Adult Consultation Services
If the adult is receiving other services or care, sometimes those providers notice things about the adult that require a consultation with a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Consultation most typically includes phone calls or emails with a SLP; it may also include consultation through web-based formats such as Skype or FaceTime. As with referrals, consultations are typically local but may also include agencies or treatment centres from mid and southwestern Ontario.
Our practice also contracts services to New Horizons Rehabilitation Services Inc. out of Listowel, Ontario.
In this capacity SLP will use an integrated team approach to treatment of acquired brain injuries, or individual discipline intervention, educate client, family members, or other care providers in treatment programs, and provide written communication with multiple care providers, outlining treatment goals and plans.
Funding for these services is available through:
- Extended Health Care Benefits
- Self-payment (cash, cheque, interac e-Transfer, Visa, & Mastercard)
- Motor Vehicle Accident Rehabilitation Benefits