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Speech Language Pathology

Who We Are

Speech-language pathologists are professionals who have expertise and specialized training in typical development and disorders of communication and swallowing, as well as assessment and intervention for these areas. In New Brunswick, all speech-language pathologists are governed by a regulatory body and require a certificate of registration from the New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

What We Do

Speech-language pathologists in Horizon Health Network work to enhance communication and swallowing abilities of our patients/ clients. We also work with others who are involved in their care (e.g. friends, relatives, professionals, supportive personnel). Care may be provided during a hospital stay or through visits to outpatient clinics. A variety of services are available including the clinical and/ or instrumental screening, assessment, identification, diagnosis, treatment, and management of:

  • Speech delays and disorders including articulation, phonology, motor speech
  • Delays and disorders of language expression and comprehension (both oral and non-verbal) including augmentative and alternative communication
  • Delays in acquiring pre-literacy skills, such as phonological awareness
  • Fluency disorders including stuttering
  • Voice and resonance disorders
  • Cognitive-communication disorders
  • Communication and swallowing disorders in the context of other diagnoses or impairments including but not limited to: hearing impairments; traumatic brain injury; dementia; developmental; intellectual or genetic disorders; and neurological impairments.

Speech-language pathologists are also involved in promotion, prevention, counselling, and education services to clients, families, caregivers, other professionals, and the public regarding all aspects of communication, and disorders of communication and swallowing.

Why Visit a Speech-Language Pathologist

If a child:

  • Is not speaking by the age of 18 months
  • Is hard to understand
  • Is not following directions or answering questions
  • Is having difficulty feeding (baby), eating, or swallowing food/ liquid
  • Is stuttering (getting stuck when speaking or repeating parts of words, whole words, or sentences)
  • Has a hoarse or raspy voice

If an adult:

  • Is having difficulty swallowing
  • Is choking or coughing when eating or drinking
  • Has a change in voice
  • Has difficulty speaking or understanding conversations
  • Is stuttering

Photo of a therapist with a young patient
Photo of a therapist with an adult patient

Did you know?

  • Early language abilities are directly related to later reading abilities
  • At least 30% of people suffer loss of language (aphasia) after a stroke
  • 85% of people with Parkinson’s disease have voice, speech, and/ or swallowing difficulties
  •  Every $1 spent on early childhood health and development saves up to $9 in future health, social, and justice services. Return on investment (ROI) = 800%

How to Contact Us

Horizon locations offering this service:

Facility Name Address Phone
Woodbridge Centre (Fredericton) 180 Woodbridge Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 4R3
Oromocto Public Hospital 103 Winnebago St., Oromocto, New Brunswick, E2V 1C6 506-357-4700
Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (Fredericton) 700 Priestman St. , PO Box 9000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5N5 506-452-5400

Facility Name Address Phone
Miramichi Regional Hospital 500 Water St., Miramichi, New Brunswick, E1V 3G5 506-623-3000
Neguac Health Centre 38 Otho St., Neguac, New Brunswick, E9G 4H3 506-776-3876

Facility Name Address Phone
Sackville Memorial Hospital 8 Main St., Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L 4A3 506-364-4100
The Moncton Hospital 135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 6Z8 506-857-5111

Facility Name Address Phone
St. Joseph's Hospital (Saint John) 130 Bayard Dr., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 3L6 506-632-5555
Saint John Regional Hospital 400 University Ave., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 4L2 506-648-6000
Charlotte County Hospital (St. Stephen) 4 Garden St., St. Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L 2L9 506-465-4444
Sussex Health Centre 75 Leonard Dr., Sussex, New Brunswick, E4E 2P7 506-432-3100

Facility Name Address Phone
Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph (Perth-Andover) 10 Woodland Hill, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, E7H 5H5 506-273-7100
Upper River Valley Hospital (Waterville) 11300 Route 130, Waterville, New Brunswick, E7P 0A4 506-375-5900
Tobique Valley Community Health Centre 120 Main Street, Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, E7G 2E5 506-356-6600