Communication Health Assistants in B.C.

We wanted to follow-up on a Fall 2020 Funetic Friday post on Communication Health Assistants (https://www.facebook.com/groups/shlub/permalink/1271459133224587)
Did you know there are diploma and certificate programs offered in Canada for SLP and Audiologist Assistants? For more information on relevant programs, check out this helpful SAC resource page! https://www.sac-oac.ca/students/supportive-personnel-academic-programs

Code-Switching in Bilingual Speakers

Many speakers in Canada speak more than one language. Many may be fluent or are just able to understand, there are many levels of language comprehension and fluency. Code-switching is used when a word in one language is inserted into the other language. Children learning two languages may do this and adults often do as well!

Visit to the Audiologist

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Topic: A Visit to the Audiologist

This week’s topic looks at a child’s perspective when visiting an Audiologist in a hospital setting. This video displays the various techniques used by clinicians to build rapport and interact with children of different ages. The Conditioned Head Response that was used to test the infant’s hearing is also in various areas in the field such as research. It is also very common to hear about this in linguistics courses that look at language acquisition studies.

Importance of visuals

Topic: Importance of visuals

This video demonstrates how without gestures or visuals it is very difficult to understand what is happening in the classroom or around you at any given moment.

Visual or keywording is used in stroke recovery, classrooms and at home to help those with comprehension issues to be able to follow along in any situation or context.

Check out this video to experience what it is like when no visuals are provided and there is no meaning to the message and realize the impact they have!

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

AAC is used with all age groups to help enhance communication and reduce the frustration felt when communicating. However, there is a long way to developing technology to help make AAC much easier and user-friendly. Check out these videos and resource to learn more about it!

Online Resource: https://ebip.vkcsites.org/augmentative-and-alternative-communication/


 Topic: Change in Diet lead to the Introduction of Sounds

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Topic: Change in Diet lead to the Introduction of Sounds

This article shared looks at how the change in the diet of humans after the Neolithic era introduced the labiodental sounds. Switching away from the role of the hunter and gather influenced this change to occur. Changes to the human bite allowed for the front teeth to make contact with the lower lip and introduce labiodental sounds!


Other Settings in which SLP’s work with Adults and Older Adults

FUNetic Friday is here!

Topic: Other settings in which SLP’s work with adults and older adults.

Today’s topic is looking at the other environments in which SLP’s work other than in pediatric & school settings. SLP’s are a part of the team at every point in life. There is a role in swallowing that can occur from stroke, ageing, traumatic brain injury and many other reasons. It is great to see all the different options that are out there in terms of work opportunities!

SLP’s Role in Stroke Recovery

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Topic: SLP’s Role in Stroke Recovery

Today is World Stroke Day and SLP’s have an important role in contributing to the stroke recovery journey. By providing resources, and various interventions they collaborate with a team of various care professionals they provide support to the individual and their families. Here is a resource from Speech-Language & Audiology Canada about the various communication difficulties that occur after a stroke.


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