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Speech & Language Services
Candace Myers
(204) 787-4120
  Room ON 1018
MacCharles Unit
675 McDermot
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9
  Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Closed holidays
Consultations & Appointments:
(204) 787-2109, or
1-866-561-1026


Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide assessment, treatment and education for disorders of communication and swallowing. They are available to be seen at the MacCharles Unit, the St. Boniface Unit and through Teleoncology.

Communication

Some typical communication problems include:

  • voice too quiet or fatigues with extended voice use
  • difficulty being heard and understood by others
  • having to repeat yourself too often
  • difficulty concentrating on speech, putting sentences together
  • trouble remembering information.

A SLP can help you find strategies to have clearer, more audible speech and voice, and to make understanding and speaking easier. A SLP can provide you with techniques for facilitating memory.

Swallowing

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • coughing or choking during or after eating solid food and/or drinking liquids
  • weight loss
  • sense of food getting "stuck"
  • nasal regurgitation - food or liquids coming out of the nose
  • dehydration
  • weak cough
  • copious saliva or secretions
  • difficulty chewing
  • complaints or signs of discomfort during meal

A SLP can help you understand your eating and swallowing difficulties, provide strategies to make swallowing safer and easier, help you avoid complications of swallowing difficulties, such as weight loss, aspiration and lung infections, improve swallowing skills and oral intake after cancer treatment, improve oral intake after tube feeding, and reduce anxiety around swallowing concerns.

SLPs work closely with physicians, nurses, dietitians, and other health care professionals. Referrals are accepted from any health care professional.