Speech Resources & Links

Adult Resources / Handouts

Dementia

Nova Scotia Hearing & Speech Centres recognizes that people with dementia have many challenges with communication. Life History Books can be valuable tools to facilitate interaction and help people with dementia tell their stories. We have compiled some learning tools to assist families and carers with the creation and use of Life History Books.

 Communicating with a Life History Book
 

 Life History Books: Creating a Communication Tool

 

Parent Resources / Handouts

A Sound Start for your child's hearing and speech (hearing and speech milestones)
Children's Speech Sounds
Daily Tips to Boost Language
Early Language - Story time, Daily Routines, Play time
Facts about Normal Dysfluency and Stuttering
Suggestions for Parents of Young Children with Voice Problems


Online Resources

 

Professional Resources

TEP Emergency Procedures
- Understanding Tracheoesophageal Puncture
- If problems occur with the prosthesis
- If the prosthesis comes out
- NSHSC locations providing TEP S-LP support


Organizations

 

General Websites

 

Training / Workshops

NSHSC offers a varietyof workshops on adult communication and swallowing. Some workshops are for families and friends others are for health caregivers. Contact an NSHSC SLP closest to you for more information.

Click here for a list of NSHSC locations.

 

 

Program / Workshop

Audience

Topic

Length

General Description of Training

Get the Message: A Caregiver’s Guide to Post-Stroke Conversation

Family/friends of individuals who have had a stroke

Stroke – Communication challenges due to Aphasia, Apraxia and/or Dysarthria

1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Presentation to facilitate an increased understanding of the caregiver’s role as a communication partner and help them feel confident in using communication strategies. Explains the variety of treatment services NSHSC provides.

Get the Message:
A Caregiver’s Guide to Communicating

Family/friends

Stroke and other disorders similar to stroke
(e.g. tumor, mild head injury)  – Communication challenges due to Aphasia and/or Motor Speech (Production) Difficulties

1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Presentation to facilitate an increased understanding of the caregiver’s role as a communication partner and help them feel confident in using communication strategies. Explains the variety of treatment services NSHSC provides.

Simply Speaking

Family/friends

Communication challenges due to Motor Speech (Production) Difficulties

1 hour

Presentation to facilitate an increased understanding of the caregiver’s role as a communication partner and help them feel confident in using communication strategies. Explains the variety of treatment services NSHSC provides.

Communicating with People who have Dementia (for caregivers)

Family/friends of those with dementia

Dementia – Communication

1 hour

Workshop to provide instruction for health care workers who interact with individuals who have dementia.

Improving Communication after a Stroke: A Learning Module for Healthcare Professionals

Health Workers in Stroke Care

Stroke – Communication

1 hour and 15 minutes

 

Presentation to raise awareness and provide tools to healthcare professionals/caregivers to facilitate communication with stroke survivors across the continuum of care.

Stroke-related Dysphagia Monitoring and Follow-up: A Learning Module for Healthcare Professionals

Health Workers in Stroke Care

Stroke – Swallowing

1 hour

 

Presentation to raise awareness of monitoring and follow-up of individuals who have dysphagia post-discharge from acute care.

Stroke-related Dysphagia Monitoring and Follow-up: A Learning Module for Healthcare Professionals

Health Workers in Stroke Care (particularly CCA’s, PCWs and those with minimal experience in working with swallowing)

Stroke – Swallowing

2.5 hours

 

Presentation to raise awareness of monitoring and follow-up of individuals who have dysphagia post-discharge from acute care.

Dysphagia after Stroke: swallow screening and nursing dysphagia protocol for nurses (CVHNS)

Health Workers in Stroke Care

Stroke – Swallowing

1 hour

 

Workshop to provide instruction for nurses re: screening patients at risk for swallowing problems after stroke and implementation of a nursing dysphagia protocol for diet advancement or regression when a dysphagia team is not available over long weekends.


Dysphagia Assessment and Management in the Health Care Setting

Health Workers

Swallowing

11 hours over 2 days

Presentation to provide practical information about swallowing and common swallowing disorders. Provides introduction to swallowing assessment, treatment and compensatory strategies.

Communicating with People who have Dementia (for healthcare professionals)

Health Workers in dementia care

Dementia – Communication

1 hour

Workshop to provide instruction for health care workers who interact with individuals who have dementia. Currently being field tested.

Promoting your Healthy Voice

Adults with voice problems

Healthy Voice

2 hours

This workshop is the first step in treatment of adult voice disorders. It includes information about voice disorders as well as demonstrating of and practice in voice therapy strategies.