Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Welcome to Speech Language Pathology and audiology at St. Joseph's Health Care London. Our team of 13 speech language pathologists and an audiologist provide specialized services to adults with a range of communication, swallowing and hearing disorders at Parkwood Institute and Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are registered with and regulated by the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

We provide optimal and timely care and support related to hearing, communication and swallowing to our patients, their families, care providers and community partners. This is accomplished through the implementation of best practice and engaging patients in meaningful activities. We empower and facilitate positive change in those we serve. Our practice is guided by a collaborative, innovative and transparent approach.

Our services

Audiology

Audiology provides services across all programs at Parkwood lnstitute. Services include standard assessment, auditory processing assessment, hearing aid evaluation and orientation, communication strategies development, assessment and prescription of assistive/alerting technologies, tinnitus/sound sensitivity assessment and treatment./p>

Speech-language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists provide services to patients as part of an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals in the following programs at Parkwood Institute:

Complex Care
Speech language pathology provide care to individuals requiring short-term assessment and planning, complex care, respite care, palliative care and continuing care. 

Acquired Brain Injury Program
Speech-language pathology provides services in areas including a 10 bed in-patient program, five bed neurobehavioural program and outpatients. Speech-language pathologists may supervise the work of rehabilitation therapists in the rehabilitation process. Out-patient services may be community based, in such settings as home, school and work. Outpatient groups may be offered as the need demands, like our Return to School group.

Stroke Rehabilitation Program
Speech-language pathology supports a 26-bed in-patient stroke unit as well as two outpatient programs i.e., Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation and Community Stroke programs.

Spinal Cord Injury Program
Speech-language pathology provides consultation and assessment of voice, tracheostomy, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and swallowing to the Spinal Cord Injury Program.

Specialized Geriatric Services
Speech-language pathology works to optimize functional independence and promote optimal communication in the older adult population. Communication and swallowing services are available to individuals associated with the Geriatric Day Hospital, and the Geriatric Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal in-patient units.

Veterans Care
Speech-language pathology provides assessment, consultation and rehabilitation services to patients with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders in the Veterans Care program. 

Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care
Speech-language pathology works as a member of various interdisciplinary teams at both the St. Thomas and London sites to provide assessment, consultation, treatment and education to residents.