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Speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) at The Ottawa Hospital provide clinical services to adults with a range of communication disorders affecting speech, language, memory and thinking. Speech-language pathologists also help patients who have problems swallowing food and/or liquids. These patients include people who have tracheotomy tubes or people who have had surgery to their head and/or neck. Many patients seen by speech-language pathologists have both communication and swallowing problems.

Speech-Language Pathologist with patient at bedside

Speech-Language Pathologist with patient at bedside

Our Services

We provide services to in-patients who need help with:

  • Understanding and speaking after a stroke or other brain injury
  • Understanding, remembering, and thinking after a brain injury
  • Communicating with others because of a progressive neurological disease such as Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, or Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Swallowing food and/or liquid (we perform Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS) and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), if required)
  • Speech and/or swallowing because of head and neck cancer and other cancers
  • Speaking and/or swallowing problems associated with tracheotomy tubes

We also offer a number of specific out-patient clinics. These are:

  • Augmentative Communication and Writing Service (Rehabilitation Centre)
  • Modified Barium Swallow Study Clinics (General Campus)
  • Nu Voice Club of Ottawa (General Campus/Regional Cancer Centre)

S-LPs also work in multidisciplinary clinics that provide services to out-patients (such as the ALS Clinic at the Rehabilitation Centre, Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Cancer Centre, and Geriatric Assessment Unit Day Hospital at the Civic Campus).

Our Team

Speech-language pathologists hold a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited university program. They are registered by the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) which is the regulatory body for the profession in Ontario.

Team leaders are:

  • Professional Practice Leader, Arran McAfee MSc(A), Aud(C), Reg. CASLPO
  • Professional Practice Manager, Suzanne Obiorah RD, MBA

Making an Appointment

In-patients may be referred to Speech-Language Pathology by a physician or other health professional.

Out Patients
A referral from an Ottawa Hospital physician is required in order to make an appointment for an out-patient Modified Barium Swallow Study. Your doctor can refer you by faxing a referral to the General Campus. Service is provided in English and French. We prefer that a Clinical Swallowing Examination is performed by a speech-language pathologist prior to referral for the study. If this is not possible, a member of our team will telephone you to ask you some questions about your swallowing problem before giving you a Swallow Study appointment.

Referral to the Voice Clinic 

  • If you have never seen an otolaryngologist or don’t have a clear diagnosis, you can receive a voice assessment performed by an otolaryngologist and a speech-language pathologist. Your otolaryngologist, your doctor or another health care professional can refer you by faxing a referral to the General Campus.

A referral from a physician is required in order to be seen for assessment and treatment at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. Patients are seen first by a Physiatrist who then refers to Speech-Language Pathology as appropriate. Your doctor can refer you by faxing a physician’s consultation request form or a TOHRC Consultation Request Form to Rehabilitation Centre Admitting at 613-733-8336.

Contact Us

Civic Campus
Grimes Lodge
4th Floor
200 Melrose Avenue
Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 78254
Fax: 613-761-4118

General Campus
Module P- 15 (Level 2)
501 Smyth Road
Tel: 613-737-8899 ext. 78254
Fax: 613-739-6164

Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Tel: 613-737-8899 ext. 78254
Fax: 613-737-7056

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Last updated on: June 15th, 2017