How have speech-language services been enhanced through the Provincial Stroke Program?
The Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres (NSHSC) received funds to enhance acute stroke care at designated sites within the health districts. Speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) and communication disorder technicians were designated to enhance:
- Full (interdisciplinary) initial assessment and consultation
- Early inpatient rehabilitation
- Opportunity to attend case conferences and provide interdisciplinary team management and training
Are there any workshops available to learn more about communication after a stroke?
The 75 minute Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres’ communication workshop entitled Improving Communication after a Stroke was designed with health care workers in mind. This workshop encourages participants to interact through questions, comments, role-plays, video review and discussions. Learning objectives for this workshop include improving understanding of:
- Common types of communication impairments after stroke
- Communication strategies and their rationale
- Referral process for a speech-language consultation through Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres