Speak well. Hear well. Live well. May was Speech and Hearing Month.
May 24, 2017

When was the last time you communicated without using your voice? It may be hard to imagine doing everyday things without speaking. However, for people with a variety of communicative disorders, it’s a daily challenge.

During Speech and Hearing Month in May, there’s a national push to #communicateawareness, to speak up and speak out in support of the approximately 17 per cent of Canadians affected by a speech, language or hearing problem.

Elizabeth Parkin, a Georgian College Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) student in her final term of study, toured the Barrie Campus to communicate awareness. Outfitted with an “augmentative and alternative communication” device, she visited The First Class café to order a coffee and ask for directions.

communicative disorders student elizabeth parkin asks for directions using an alternative communication device.

Elizabeth Parkin, CDA student, asks for directions from Liz Garcia, using an augmentative and alternative communication device.

“Raising awareness around campus is a great opportunity to show that interacting with individuals with communicative disorders is easy – you just have to start the conversation,” said Parkin. “Through the Communicative Disorders Assistant program, I feel that I’ve grown more compassionate, and have greater confidence to interact with individuals with various communicative disorders.”

Georgian’s Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) Program, a one-year graduate certificate, prepares students to work as supportive personnel to qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists in a variety of treatment settings. Emphasis is placed on preparing graduates to conduct remediation programming after the Speech-Language Pathologist or the Audiologist has completed the assessment and determined the treatment plan.

Get tested at our community clinic

A community clinic and training facility, Georgian’s Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic is a valuable resource for speech, language and hearing services. CDA students, such as Elizabeth, assist the clinic’s Speech Language Pathologists as part of their applied program.

Located at Georgian College Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness at the Barrie Campus, the clinic is open on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and provides:

  • standard hearing tests – $25 fee, no referral needed
  • speech-language screenings- no referral needed
  • speech-language therapy- referral required
  • public workshops on communication
  • information about local speech and hearing providers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists

For more information, or to book an appointment, call 705.722.1561 or email h4SHLclinic@georgiancollege.ca.