Family frustrated by lack of English speech therapy services

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 11/27/2012 6:00:00 AM

CJAD EXCLUSIVE

Speech therapists for children are hard to come by.

And a Chateauguay family is having a tough time finding those services in English.

Dianne Stanford was put on a waiting list for a speech therapist for her two four-year-old grandchildren who are extremely speech delayed, only to find out two months later the local CLSC didn't have any services in English and suggested they go to Montreal.

"And I was disgusted. You mean, we're the only English-speaking people in the Montérégie?"

And she said going to Montreal is not only inconvenient but comes with its own set of problems.

"You're on a list which will take about a year normally to be seen but anybody from Montreal who comes in after me will bump me on my list," Stanford told CJAD News.

The Health and Social Services Centre Jardins-Roussillon confirmed to CJAD that while they're not obliged to provide such services in English, they are happy to provide them if they're available, which they're not, citing the shortage of specialists, especially in the English language in the Montérégie. They say a task force will be struck to look into the matter.

For now, that won't help families such as Stanford's. She tried going the private route but can't afford it so she's still on a waiting list.

"I understand our Medicare system is strapped but you have to help the children," Stanford said.

"We're falling through the cracks because Medicare can't cover anything. It's wrong."

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