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Northwestern Health Unit

Speech, Hearing and Vision Health

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Coordinates programs and services designed to identify problem areas in hearing, speech and vision

Blind Low Vision Program
  • Provides family support to deal with the impact of a blind or low-vision diagnosis
  • Assists in accessing required services
  • Provides consultation services on behalf of family when child enters child care or early learning centre to train staff how to best work with and teach child
Provides in-home support and teaches parents various skills and techniques including:
  • Concept development (object identification, function, and characteristics)
  • Daily living skills such as eating, dressing and toileting
  • Development of motor skills (rolling, reaching, crawling, walking and use of hands to manipulate and explore objects)
  • How to make the most of residual vision
  • How to use all the senses to promote development
  • Intentional movement (orientation and mobility)
  • Language and communication development
  • Social and emotional development
North Words Infant Hearing Program
  • Provides hearing screening for newborns in hospital within 24 hours of birth
  • Provides audiology assessments
North Words Preschool Speech and Language Program
  • Provides speech and language assessment, intervention and supports for preschool children and their families
  • Provides the services in all communities throughout the Kenora and Rainy River Districts
Hours of Operation
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Blind Low Vision Program: Children 6 years of age and younger diagnosed as blind or having low vision

Application Process
  • All programs must be accessed through toll-free Intake number
  • Requires referral and completion of verbal assessment
Documents Required
Completed referral form required
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Legal Status
(50) Non Profit
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
November 17, 2020