Frequently Asked Questions
For general inquiries please contact our administration office at 1-888-780-3330 or info@nshsc.nshealth.ca
Do I need a referral from my family doctor?

NSHSC has an open referral policy for most services. This means that Nova Scotia residents with valid health cards can call any of our locations and make a referral.

Do you have evening or weekend hours?

All of our services are provided during normal office hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Is there a fee for testing?

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres provide clinical services at no cost to Nova Scotia residents with valid health cards.

Do you sell hearing aids?

We do not sell hearing aids. However, it is important that individuals receive appropriate hearing evaluation prior to pursuing the purchase of hearing aids. Our qualified staff provide full diagnostic testing and can assist in determining the type of hearing aid required.

Where can I get advice on whether to purchase an iPad for my family member?

In order to know whether or not an iPad would be appropriate for your family member an NSHSC S-LP would need to assess the individual. NSHSC S-LPs can assist you in determining whether current technology (such as the iPad) may be a good-fit for addressing the communication needs of your family member. Depending on the person, technology such as this may or may not be the best choice. S-LPs take into consideration the individual's specific communication needs and skills, as well as a number of other important factors.

What apps would be good for my family member who has communication needs?

In order to know whether or not an app would be appropriate for your family member the NSHSC S-LP would need to assess the individual. New apps that can be used by children and adults with communication needs are being developed daily. NSHSC S-LPs through their practice and provincial network are aware of a variety of apps that are being used by children and adults with speech-language challenges. If your family member is a client at the NSHSC, the S-LP may be able to help you through the process of making appropriate app choices based on your family member's needs and abilities.

Can my child receive S-LP services if they are being home schooled?

Yes, Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres provides S-LP services specifically for children who have registered for Home Schooling with the NS Department of Education.

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How do I get a job shadowing opportunity with Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres?

A job shadowing opportunity with NSHSC is observation time of clinical practice. Observation time is limited to one working day. If you are interested in job shadowing at NSHSC please contact the site nearest you.

 

Note: NSHSC has limited opportunities to support job shadowing. Not every job shadowing request can be accommodated.

Is French Immersion an option for a child with speech and language difficulties?

French immersion can be an option for a child with speech and language difficulties. Parents should expect that difficulties in a dominant language may also occur in the second language.1 It is recommended that you consult with your Speech-Language Pathologist on whether French immersion is a good fit for your child and if so, what services will be needed to support the primary and secondary languages as your child transitions to school.

 

1 Paradis, J., Crago, M., Genesee, F., & Rice, M. (2003). Bilingual children with specific language impairment: How do they compare with their monolingual peers? Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 46, 1-15.