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Children in Northwest Territories benefit from TeleSpeech

Ten per cent of school-aged children living in remote communities in the Northwest Territories require speech language assistance.

These children benefit from the use of TeleSpeech, speech therapy sessions delivered using video conferencing units. A recent expansion of the service involved the installation of 26 units in health centres and, for the first time, 33 units in local schools. One of these units was installed at the Chief Albert Wright School in Tulita in May 2010.

Ten per cent of school-aged children living in remote communities in the Northwest Territories require speech language assistance.

Tulita is a small Dene community of 554 persons located 620 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife. Access is by air or boat only so having Telehealth connection available is essential for providing health and social services.At the Tulita school, students use the unit for individual sessions, but there are plans to have some group sessions. Their Telehealth unit also doubles as an educational tool since several older students use it to take high school courses through distance education. 

The children adapt well to TeleSpeech. "I thought they might be shy or not respond initially, but they really enjoy their time on television," Harewood said.

The TeleSpeech sessions for the Tulita children are supplied by a speech language pathologist, Amie Hay, and therapy assistant, Anick Jenks. They work for the Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority and are based in Inuvik, more than 600 kilometres northwest of Tulita. 

Hay said before TeleSpeech services were available, language pathologists used to visit communities once or twice a year. Their role was more that of a consultant advising the teachers. With TeleSpeech, there is more opportunity for direct therapy sessions with the children on a regular basis. Hay and Jenks said this may help build relationships and trust, allowing them to be more effective. Expansion of the Telespeech service was funded by Canada Health Infoway and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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