“Working with parents, caregivers, and the community to help children develop the best possible communication skills for lifelong learning.“
“Communication for Life”
The Language Express Preschool Speech and Language Services System helps families in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville. We provide services for preschool children with speech, language and communication difficulties. These services are free and available to children from birth until the end of Junior Kindergarten.
The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services funds Ontario’s Preschool Speech and Language Program.
The lead agency for Language Express is the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. Language Express provides services in partnership with the following agencies:
- Brockville General Hospital
- ConnectWell Community Health
- Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Every child receives an initial assessment.
Speech and language therapy for preschoolers is play-based and activities are carefully planned to target the child’s communication goals. Parents/caregivers attend all sessions. You and your child may receive one or more of the following services:
- Parent/Caregiver Education Programs
- Consultations with parent(s), day cares, schools and other agencies
- Home activities for your child
- Individual therapy
- Group Therapy
Children are seen by Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants.
A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is a professional with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Speech-Language Pathologists are experts in the prevention, identification, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders.
A Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDA) is a professional with a diploma and/or an undergraduate degree, and a post-graduate Communicative Disorders Assistant diploma or certificate. Communicative Disorders Assistants provide communication intervention under the supervision of Speech-Language Pathologists.
In Ontario, all Speech-Language Pathologists must be registered members of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).