Reprinted in part from the Clark’s Crossing Gazette, November 26, 2015 edition

By Terry Pugh


RR-2016-02-03-CCG-speech-pathology1Licensed Speech Pathologist Katie Schlosser recently contracted with the Delisle Primary Health Centre to provide assessment, treatment and support for children and adults with speech, language, learning or developmental concerns.

Background Information:
After being approached by a local speech language pathologist for space to provide services in the community, Saskatoon Health Region Primary Health agreed to rent space within the Delisle Primary Health Centre, which operates as a partnership between Primary Health and the Delisle and District Health Council.  In addition to this service within Delisle, the Health Region’s nurse practitioner and physician continue to make their referrals to Health Region Speech Language Pathology services as needed by patients, clients and residents. Primary Health often utilizes opportunities that present themselves that will improve access to care and support healthy rural communities.

The clinic also provides the services of a physician, nurse practitioner, laboratory and ECG, pharmacy, clinical pharmacist, massage therapist, chiropractor, mental health and addictions service, registered dietician and wellness clinic for foot care.

Clinic manager Jennifer Hiebert said there is a real need for speech and language therapy in the region.

“We’ve been looking for a speech and language therapist in this area for a long time,” she said. “The waiting list in the rural area is quite long. Over the last few years we’ve been working on getting more services.

“It’s beneficial when these service providers can co-locate within the health centre because it allows communications with our physician and our nurse practitioner,” she continued. “That’s one of the reasons we developed this health centre, so that everyone can practice under one roof.”

Schlosser, whose private practice is based in Saskatoon, said she has many clients in rural communities across the province. She works with people of all ages, but most of her clients are children.

“The majority of my case load is pre-school and early grades,” said Schlosser. “I work with children who have speech impediments; children who have trouble learning their speech sounds, or who have motor problems and are unable to make speech sounds.”

She also works with kids who have autism, hearing problems, Down syndrome, developmental delays and stutters. With adults, the problems often originate with some kind of brain injury or stroke. “They have to relearn how to talk,” she said.

Schlosser said new immigrants who are learning English and who have speech impediments are doubly challenged.