Saliva Management Clinic

The Saliva Management Clinic is a joint project of the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre and the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC.


Children and adolescents between 0 and 17 years of age (18 to 21 years of age if still attending high school), with a significant and persistent saliva management problem. They do not need to have a physical disability; however, only clients who fit the admission criteria of MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre will have access to other services.

Services offered:

The Clinic is designed to assess children and adolescents who have difficulty with drooling and aspiration of saliva. It is held once a month and involves multidisciplinary assessments that will help to identify factors potentially contributing to the saliva management problem.

A multidisciplinary team of professionals working in collaboration to respond to the needs identified by the client/parents from the following disciplines:

  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Neurology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatrics
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Language Pathology

Services are offered:

At the Mackay site, the clinical findings and recommendations for management of the drooling problem are discussed with the family immediately following the clinic. One or more of the following may be recommended:
  • Oral-motor exercises
  • Behaviour modification to increase the awareness of drooling
  • Recommendations as to the positioning of the head
  • Dental/orthodontic procedures or orthesis
  • Medication or surgery.

If Botox injections are recommended, they can be done in the afternoon or at the following clinic depending of the client’s preference.

To access services:

A referral from an attending physician is required for external referrals. The referral may come from the treating therapist for those followed in a rehabilitation program of MMRC.

Referral procedure for the Saliva Management Clinic

A referral to the Saliva Management Clinic requires:

  1. A Medical referral
  2. The following documents (request for service and questionnaires) to be downloaded and completed or obtained from the secretary at 514-488-5552, ext. 2102.
    1. Request for service
    2. Parent questionnaire
    3. Preparation questionnaire (To be completed by the attending therapist)
    4. Consent Form
  3. The most recent reports available:
    • Medical: ENT, Dentistry, Neurology, Chest x-ray, Physiatry, Gastroenterology, Neonatology
    • Rehabilitation: Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Dysphagia, Physiatry

The referral package must be mailed to the following address:

MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre
c/o Secretary, Saliva Management Clinic
Mackay Site
3500 Décarie Blvd
Montreal (Quebec) H4A 3J5
Tel. : 514-488-5552, ext. 2102
Fax: 514-482-4536

To make a request for services:
Service de l'accueil, évaluation, orientation (AEO)

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