I have over 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, working primarily with children in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and clinics.
I provide assessment and treatment in a home-based child-friendly environment. It is bright and spacious, with a large play area, parent meeting area, and a separate area with fewer distractions if needed. Parents often comment that it is a warm comfortable setting where their children feel quickly at ease.
I particularly enjoy working with very young children and I support an early intervention approach.
I believe that parents and other caregivers are an integral part of the assessment and therapy process. Ongoing communication and collaboration with parents, teachers and other professionals in the child’s life is also an important part of my service plan.
I have many years of experience as a singer and music teacher and I particularly enjoy integrating these music skills in my therapy sessions.
I often incorporate technology (computer, iPad) into my therapy sessions. This can be an effective tool that helps keep a child engaged and motivated while working on a variety of therapy goals.
I continue to improve my skills through ongoing learning opportunities such as workshops, courses, and self-study. I also consult or collaborate with colleagues when needed to help me feel confident about my therapy goals and methods.
- Registered member of The College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
- Registered member of The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA)
- Certified member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)
- Certified member of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Music in Therapy
I have many years of experience as a singer and music teacher and I particularly enjoy incorporating these skills into my therapy sessions. Music is engaging, familiar, rhythmic, and it stimulates various senses. It often has a calming effect on children, helping them to attend, listen and learn.
While speech is generally thought to be controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain, research has shown that music engages the entire brain. Therefore it can improve the communication between the two hemispheres and enhance processing.
Using instruments, singing, and movement, I can address a variety of speech, language, and communication goals such as:
- Using specific movements, speech sounds, words, phrases and sentences
- Saying longer words by tapping out each syllable
- Improving grammar and sentence structure
- Improving vocabulary
- Learning to understand and use new language concepts
- Improving social communication skills
- Improving breath control
Please contact me for current rates. As a registered speech-language pathologist, my services are eligible for reimbursement by many extended health care insurance plans. Note that some insurance companies require a doctor’s referral. Contact your provider directly for details about your plan.
In some circumstances, fees may be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes. There is also a disability tax credit that can sometimes be used if there is a severe disability affecting hearing, communication and learning. Up-to-date information is available through Revenue Canada.