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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.
Some typical communication problems include:
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.
Signs and symptoms can include:
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.