Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit

Preschool Speech & Language Program

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Record #: SIM0587 Last Full Update: 05 Feb 2014
CONTACT / REACH Information
CONTACT HeadingsAssessment ; Disability ; Health Services ; Information Services ; Parent Support ; Speech / Language Services
Description & Services
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DescriptionThe Haldimand Norfolk Preschool Speech and Language Program team consists of Speech-Language Pathologists and support personnel 
This dedicated staff sees children with language delay/disorder (e.g. kids who are "not talking"), articulation delay/disorder (e.g. kids who are "talking" but difficult to understand), fluency problems (e.g. stuttering) and voice problems (e.g. too hoarse, too nasal). Referrals are accepted from doctors, teachers, child-care providers and self-referral 
The program offers assessment and a range of intervention services, including home programs, parent training, individual weekly sessions and group sessions Children of preschool age are eligible for the services at no cost to parents, up until they are eligible for senior kindergarten 
Sites in Simcoe, Langton, Dunnville and Caledonia 
HoursMon-Fri, 8:30-4:30 (some evening parent training sessions offered)
DatesAll year
Areas ServedHaldimand County ; Norfolk County
EligibilityAges: 5 year(s) and under 
Children attending JK must be referred before the end of September in their JK year Children can continue to receive services until eligible for SK 
Application1-866-463-2759 Ontario Early Years Center for intake/referrals * There is a 4 to 5 month wait between referral and assessment
Location, Telephone & Internet
Address & Map
12 Gilbertson Dr
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4L1
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Located In CommunitySimcoe
Site LocationBehind Pizza Hut
IntersectionGilbertson Dr and Queensway (Hwy 3)
Office PhoneSimcoe office: 519-426-6170; Dunnville & Caledonia: 905-318-6623
Toll Free PhoneOntario Early Years Center for intake/referrals: 1-866-463-2759
Contact Information
Mailing AddressPO Box 247 
12 Gilbertson Dr 
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4L1
Primary ContactLori Holstein, Senior Speech-Language Pathologist; Phone: (Business) 519-426-6170 ext 3244; Fax: 519-426-9974; Email: lori.holstein@hnhu.org
Alternate ContactRita Taylor, Speech-Language Pathologist; Phone: (Business) 905-318 5367 ext 319; Fax: 905-765-8905; Email: rita.taylor@hnhu.org
Primary ExecutiveWendy Holmes, Program Manager; Phone: (Business) 519-426-6170 ext 3152; Fax: 519-426-9974; Email: wendy.holmes@hnhu.org
Other Details
Alternate NameHaldimand Norfolk Preschool Speech & Language Program ; Preschool Speech and Language Initiative
AccessibilityFully Accessible
MeetingsThe Preschool Speech and Language Services System Committee meets three times per year. The committee consists of parents and partner agencies. All parents are welcome to join this planning committee. 
The Grand Erie Chapter of the Ontario Association for Families with Children with Communication Disorders (OAFCCD) meets monthly. All parents welcome to attend and gain support and information. Family gatherings and fund-raising events, as well as advocacy opportunities available.
Established1996 program expansion
Service CategoriesEarly Intervention for Children with Disabilities/Delays ~ Speech and Language Pathology ~ Speech and Language Pathologists
SubjectsAssessments ; Children ; Communication disorders ; Family support ; Language instruction ; Preschool children ; Speech disorders ; Speech therapy ; Toddlers