Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic

About Us

One of a kind in Simcoe County!

The Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic is a teaching clinic for students to gain clinical experience they require to be successful in their careers.
As a client you receive speech and language or hearing services at a reduced rate.

The clinic features:

  • a fully accessible friendly clinic
  • a fully-equipped and spacious sound booth
  • therapy and observation rooms
  • baby change station
  • amenities for infant food preparation and storage

Speech and Language MaterialsHours of operation:

  • Year round: fall, winter and summer semesters
  • Days and times: Thursdays: 2 to 6 p.m., Fridays: 8 a.m. to noon

Fees:

  • 30 minute session: $20
  • 45 minute session: $30
  • 60 minute session: $40

Referral requirements:

A formal assessment with goals completed by a Speech-Language Pathologist is required to receive treatment. Please contact clinic for more details.

The clinic reserves the rights to determine if a client is appropriate for the level of our Communicative Disorders Assistant students and staff.

Speech and Language MaterialsStandard hearing test takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

Hours of operation:

  • Offered during the fall and summer semesters
  • Days and times: Wednesdays: 1 to 5 p.m.

Fees:

  • Free of charge

Referral requirements:

  • No referral required

Living with Hearing Loss Workshop:

  • This is a student led workshop overseen by an audiologist
  • We are looking for participants who are 60+ who use hearing aids
  • The workshop runs every Wednesday for four weeks (Contact clinic for dates and times)
  • Cost is $25.00 for all four classes (spouse/family member invited to attend at no additional charge)
  • Workshop information includes:
    • how to lip read
    • understanding your audiogram
    • advocacy
    • communicating effectively in group settings
    • focusing on adjusting your hearing aids
    • making the best use of your hearing aids
    • exploring assistive devices (TV, phone)
    • taking charge of your communication

March of Dimes LogoMarch of Dimes LogoThe Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language is host to the March of Dimes Aphasia Group on Friday mornings.
This is for clients who have had a stroke and having difficulty with communication.
For more information please visit March of Dimes

If interested in the aphasia group please contact Sophie Burke at 905.773.7758, ext. 6265

Contact information

Clinic location

The clinic is located in Room M233 on the second floor of the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences.

To get here:

  • take the elevator in the main lobby of the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences to the second floor
  • exit the elevator on the left and then make an immediate right
  • the clinic is located at the end of the hallway on the left-hand side

Get directions to Georgian’s Barrie Campus.

Parking

Clients are encouraged to use the metered or “pay and display” parking spaces available directly outside the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences.

“Pay and display” parking terminals are located on the west side of the centre. These terminals accept coin and credit card payment. Four hours is the maximum time that can be purchased.

  • parking fees apply between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. seven days a week
  • parking meter rates and terminals is $2 per hour

General parking is also available at several lots around the building and throughout the campus which require coins at the cost of $7 during the day or $5 after 7 p.m. upon exist. Learn more about parking at Georgian.

Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language history

The Communicative Disorders Assistant Clinic is generously supported by the Harmonize for Speech Fund.
This organization was established in 1977 as the fundraising project of the Ontario District Association of Chapters, SPEBSQSA, commonly known as the Barbershop Harmony Society.
The fund is administered by a seven man Board of Trustees elected by the Ontario District House of Delegates. More than $5 million dollars has been raised to date and generously donated to various speech and language clinics and workshops throughout Canada.
For more information on the Harmonize for Speech Fund please visit Harmonize for Speech and for information on our local chapter visit the Barrie County Chordsmen.

Overview of the Profession

A communication disorder is any disorder that affects an individual’s ability to comprehend, detect or apply language and speech to engage in conversation effectively with others.
Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDA’s) play an important role in the delivery of audiology and speech-language pathology services.  They are involved in the delivery and treatment of specific goals completed by a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.
CDA’s work with people of all ages from babies to adults.  They help treat many types of communication disorders including:
-Speech Sounds: How we say sounds and put sounds together into words. Other names for these problems are articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech or dysarthria
-Language: How well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking.  In adults this problem may be called aphasia.  They may also have trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings (expressive language)
-Literacy: How well we read and write.  People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling and writing
-Social Communication: How well we follow rules, like taking turns, how to talk to different people or how close to stand to someone when talking. This is also called pragmatics
-Voice: How our voices sound.  We may sound hoarse, lose our voices easily, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds
-Fluency: Also called stuttering, is how well speech flows.  Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t-table or use “um” or “uh” or pause a lot when talking.  Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it
-Cognitive Communication: How well our minds work.  Problems may involve memory, attention, problem solving, organization and other thinking skills
-Feeding and Swallowing: How well we suck, chew, and swallow food and liquid.  A swallowing disorder may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss and other health problems. This is also called dysphagia
-Audiology: Disorders of human hearing, balance and tinnitus; interpret test results of behavioural and objective measures

Events and Fundraising

Victor Musowa Fund:
Victor Musowa is a Communicative Disorders Assistant program and Georgian Graduate from Belanty, Malawi.
He moved back to Belanty and started a non-profit agency called “Voiceless for Victor.”
This agency raises awareness for speech and language services and gives children the chance to speak and hear again.
The Communicative Disorders Assistant program at Georgian College organizes a yearly bake sale fundraiser where all of the proceeds are donated to “Voiceless for Victor.”  This year $700.00 dollars were raised and will help purchase speech and language materials for the clinic in Malawi.

AboutFace:
AboutFace is an organization that promotes and enhances positive mental and emotional well-being of individuals with facial differences and their families through social and peer support, information, educational programs and awareness.  Every year in Canada more than 15,000 babies are born with a facial difference and over 50,000 Canadians will acquire a facial difference through trauma or illness.
Every year the CDA program organizes an “AboutFace” Gala.  All proceeds goes to:
-Reduce the amount of times a child is teased or bullied or ridiculed through AboutFace school programs
-Relieve the stress and anxiety of parents of an infant with facial differences through AboutFace Facing it Together program
-Increase a teen’s self-esteem through AboutFace Camp Trailblazers