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Speech Pathology

Groves Memorial Community Hospital offers Speech-Language Pathology services for both inpatients and outpatients.

Children's Services

Outpatient Paediatrics (birth to eligibility for Senior Kindergarten)

Please visit the Wee-Talk: Wellington-Dufferin Preschool Speech and Language Services System website.


As a partner of the Wee-Talk: Wellington-Dufferin Preschool Speech and Language Services System, Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessment and treatment to preschool-aged children with a variety of speech and language delays and disorders.

Services are provided to children with:

  • Articulation delays (difficulty pronouncing sounds)
  • Language delays (difficulty using words and sentences or difficulty understanding language)
  • Fluency disorders (stuttering)
  • Voice and resonance disorders (hoarse voice quality or hypo/hypernasal quality)
  • Swallowing disorder
  • Speech-language pathologists also assess and treat children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays. Services are coordinated with community agencies.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development in these areas, you may wish to have your child assessed by a speech-language pathologist.

How to Access Services in Ontario

In Ontario, preschool speech and language services are divided into regions. If you live in Wellington or Dufferin County you can access services through the Wee Talk Preschool Speech and Language Services by calling the Growing Great Kids Kids Line at 1-800-265-7293 x 45801.

Parents can directly refer to their child for service.

A doctor’s referral is not necessary.

For a list of preschool speech and language service programs in Ontario please call the Ministry of Health's INFOline at 1-866-821-7770.

Adult Services

Adult Speech-Language Pathology Services- Medical

For adults, Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders for inpatients and outpatients. Clients can present with a variety of diagnoses such as stroke, neurogenic communication disorders (aphasia, dyspraxia, dysarthria, etc.), voice and swallowing disorders. Clinicians work on numerous multi-disciplinary professional teams throughout the hospital.

Clients with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) are assessed and managed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Specialized videofluoroscopic studies are offered when more detailed examination of the swallowing mechanism is required. Therapists work in conjunction with dietary and nursing staff and provide consultation to family members and community professionals.

A physician referral is required for these medical adult services.

Adult Speech-Language Pathology Services – Developmental

Speech-Language Pathology services are provided for adults with a developmental disability.  The Speech-Language Pathologist provides assessment, treatment for communication and swallowing disorders.  Clients can present with a variety of developmental disabilities such as Autism or Down Syndrome.  Clinicians work with several community partners.  

A referral from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Developmental Services Ontario- Central West Region (1-888-941-1121) is required to access this service.

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