Health Professionals

First Words offers a variety of informational workshops for Ottawa region healthcare providers. Request a workshop or a luncheon education session by contacting Roxane Bélanger at 613-820-4925, ext. 3457 or

Workshops available:

First Words: Who we are. What we do. Why we want to partner with you.
An informal in-service about Ottawa First Words: its target population, referral process; access to services including our community screening clinics. Resources will be provided. Community partnership will be discussed (1 hour).

Talk By 2: Early Identification and Intervention of Speech and Language Delays.
This presentation concerns recent pediatric research on early identification and intervention for children under the age of 2 years. Concrete tools will help with assessment and referral of young infants based on 6 risk indicators. The important role of the healthcare professional in early identification of children at risk will be highlighted. Referral and access to services will be discussed (2 hours/or adapted).

Growing Up with Many Languages in Canada: Supporting Language Development In The Context Of First Language Use And Bilingualism.
Recent pediatric research supports the importance of first language use in speech and language development (SLD) for preschool children. This case-based presentation will address SLD in children living in a bi- or multilingual family in Canada, as well as the role of the pediatrician and other health care professionals in early identification of children at risk for language delays. Topics such as mother-tongue language, second language learning, and language preservation and referral criteria to provincial Preschool SLD programs will be discussed.

Question Period with First Words
Over lunch or in an informal meeting, this workshop will provide opportunities for staff to ask questions about specific areas of speech and language development or delay, address current trends or topic of interests (bilingualism, strategies). This workshop is tailored to your centre’s specific areas of interest and time available.

Contact Roxane Bélanger, Outreach Speech Language Pathologist to:

  • Invite First Words to your primary care health centre.
  • Ask questions regarding our services for health professionals.
  • Explore partnership projects and ideas.
  • Request training or an educational activity for your health professionals group.
  • Register for the designated workshops for primary care and health professionals.