Algoma Public Health
2017 - Bulletin: Preschool Speech and Language
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The first years of life are very important for developing speech and language skills. One in 10 children need help developing skills. Without help, a child may struggle to listen and talk, learn to read or play with other children. The earlier a child needing help is identified, the better the outcomes are.
Algoma Public Health Preschool speech and language services and referrals.2
The number of children receiving speech and language services has increased by 21.3% since 2012/2013.
# of children receiving services:
Speech and Language Program at Algoma Public Health in last 5 years:
|Families coached to help their children:||446|
|Preschool children supported"||423|
Did you know?
The majority of speech and language referrals are made by parents.
As a parent, you have a critical role to play for improving your child’s communication skills
Every 1 dollar spent on preschool speech and language services saves up to 9 dollars in future health, social and justice services3
Algoma Public Health’s focus to improve language development in children involves:
- Offering the Preschool Speech and Language Program to families, which includes speech and language assessments, interventions and supports for parents to help their children at home.
- Offering e-learning information for parents on our website.
- Answering parent questions on the Parent Child Information Line at 705-541-7101 or 1-888-537-5741.