One in six Canadians has a speech, language or hearing problem. This means that one in six Canadians has difficulty understanding or being understood by other people. The ability to communicate effectively is essential to maintaining quality of life, whether it be when interacting in the workplace, managing the academic and communication requirements of a classroom, or having a conversation with family and friends.
Being able to communicate effectively is critical in the technologically advanced global economy of today and can impact the ability of an individual to maintain an adequate standard of living.
Untreated swallowing problems place an individual at risk for malnutrition, dehydration and pulmonary compromise. The ability to swallow safely and effectively leads to improved health and well-being. Early identification and management of communication and swallowing disorders is key to long-term success.