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Preschool Communication Services

Preschool Communication Services supports children aged 0-5 years, providing assessment, individual and group treatment sessions, parent intervention programs and consultation services, and additional services with healthcare providers and community partners. We are the partner agency of Early Words Hamilton Preschool Speech and Language Initiative.

Our services take place in clinic and within multiple community satellite sites in addition to child care centres, and EarlyON centres.

Care We Provide

You, your child, and their family will work closely with one or more of these clinicians:

  • Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP)
  • Communicative Disorder Assistant (CDA)
  • Early Childhood Resource Specialist (ECRS)

Other Services:

  • Parent-based Interventions: Hanen Parent Programs
  • Child-based Interventions: Individual and small group treatment sessions for:
    • speech
    • expressive language
    • receptive language
    • motor speech disorder
    • stuttering
    • social communication
  • Community-based Interventions offered by Early Words – Community Support Team
  • Visual strategies

Family-Centered Care

At McMaster Children’s Hospital, the care we provide reflects what matters most to our patients and families. Based on what patients and families have told us, we will:


  • Get to know you and your family and treat you with dignity and respect
  • Work together as a competent team
  • Communicate with each other and your family about your child’s care
  • Give you prompt feedback on your child’s progress


  • Ensure you understand the health concerns about your child
  • Partner with you in decisions about your child’s care
  • Help you learn skills to take part in your child’s care
  • Plan the next steps in your child’s care together


  • Respond promptly when you or your family need help
  • Include persons who are important to you in your child’s care
  • Provide a convenient, accessible, child-friendly, welcoming environment
  • Seek and respond to your family’s comments about our care