The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services just released their Report on the Budget 2018 Consultation. We are thrilled to let you know that speech-language pathology (SLP) services for young children have been clearly identified as a priority in their recommendations. The importance of these services is mentioned under Themes 1 and 3.
Theme 1: Health Care
Speech-Language Pathology or Therapy
Recommendation #20. Prioritize and increase funding for speech-language pathology services for children to address the urgent need for access to timely and effective services, and to ensure an appropriate number of speech-language pathologists are available to assist young children prior to starting kindergarten.
Theme 3: Social Services
Child Care and Early Childhood Development
Recommendation #37. Increase access to early childhood identification and intervention services, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language pathology, with a focus on addressing urgent recruitment and retention challenges of professionals in this sector.
Special thanks to all of the parents, caregivers, grandparents, concerned citizens, communication health assistants, and speech-language pathologists who took the time to share their stories and get our message to policymakers. This historic step forward would not have happened without you!