Our Speech-Language Pathologists are fully licensed and registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).
Constance Merwin, M.Sc. SLP (C)
Constance Merwin is the founder of Speech Pathways. She received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University and certification with the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA). Conni has extensive experience with preschool and school-age children in the areas of stuttering, language development, articulation/phonology, apraxia/oral motor, and voice. She loves the rewards of helping children discover their communication potential. Conni is certified in Phoneme Touch and Say™, which she uses when working with special needs children or children with apraxia. She has a special interest in stuttering and is certified in Lidcombe fluency program (an innovative stuttering therapy program for children).
Conni has also worked for over 15 years with the adult population (private practice and hospital setting), providing communication and swallowing therapy to adults suffering from stroke, brain injury or neurological impairments. She provided voice therapy to adults in the outpatient department, particularly to professional voice users (teachers, singers, public speakers). Conni finds immense satisfaction in helping adults rediscover communication, and reconnect with loved ones.
Meera Ruparelia, M.Sc. SLP (C)
Meera received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Boston University, Massachusetts. She has experience working with children with special needs for speech and language disorders, including Articulation/Phonology, Fluency, Receptive/Expressive Language, Cognition (brain injury) and Pragmatics (social skills), in both home and school environments. She is certified in PROMPT – Level 1 and Phoneme Touch and Say ™, which she uses when working with children with Apraxia/Oral-Motor difficulties, Autism, and developmental delays. Meera is also certified in the Lidcombe Program, a preschool fluency intervention system aimed to highlight the role of parents in stuttering therapy. Meera also specializes in working with adults for Accent Reduction. Her compassion and understanding for the challenge of adjusting speech patterns, paired with visual demonstrations and a detailed explanation of the mechanics and rationale for each movement, helps adults feel confident and proud of their new speech patterns. Meera takes immense pleasure in finding creative ways to make therapy interesting and fun as she helps clients and their families maintain success towards communication goals.
Jennifer Daley, M.A., SLP
Jennifer received her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from State University of New York at Buffalo. Jennifer has experience working with both children and adults with a variety of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders. She is Hanen certified for “It Takes Two to Talk”, “Target Word” and “Learning Language and Loving It”. Jennifer is also certified in the Lidcombe Program, a behavioural treatment approach for young children who stutter and holds Lessac-Madsen Voice Therapy certification, a technique to improve vocal quality and prevent further vocal injury. She is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for children who have difficulty putting sounds together in order to make words. Jennifer is trained in the “SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding”, an effective way to increase a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about food, eventually tasting and eating foods. Jennifer specializes in providing services to preschool children aged 18 – 36 months who are slow to talk. She enjoys the rewards of helping these young clients develop their speech and language skills and unlock their personalities. Jennifer has experience in the following areas of speech-language pathology: early intervention, language delay, augmentative and alternative communication, apraxia (oral motor disorders), articulation, fluency and voice.
Erin Hall, M.Sc., SLP
Erin has a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia. She has worked for over 10 years with children assessing and treating a variety of communication difficulties in both private practice and public school settings. Erin has completed training in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for children, as well as a number of programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including the SCERTS Model, Reference and Regulate, and an ASD/PDD Speech-Language Pathology Certificate Course. She also has a special interest in reading disorders, having conducted graduate research on literacy difficulties in children from different language backgrounds. In addition to her work with children, Erin specializes in accent modification therapy for adults, working with clients with a variety of home languages to help them develop new speech patterns in English. She has experience in the following areas of speech-language pathology: articulation/phonology, language, literacy, developmental delay, social language, fluency, and voice. Erin strives to keep all sessions fun, while at the same time progressing closer to her clients’ goals.
Rachael Turza, M. SLP
Rachael received her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Brock University. Rachael started her career working with children with Autism and has developed a keen interest in this area of speech-language pathology. Her focus when working with children on the Autism Spectrum is on improving their social and functional communication skills, which are unique to each individual client. Rachael is certified for Lidcombe Fluency therapy, an extremely effective therapy approach for children who stutter.
Rachael has experience in a variety of communication difficulties including: articulation, stuttering, language delay and voice. In addition to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Rachael’s other main area of interest is early language. She enjoys helping our youngest of clients develop their speech and language skills through using fun and creative therapy techniques.
Julia Vogel-Allen, M.Sc. SLP (C)
Julia received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is Hanen certified for “It Takes Two to Talk”, a family-focused early language intervention, “Learning Language and Loving It”, supporting communication development in early school settings, and “More Than Words”, involving parents of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in their child’s intervention. Julia is trained in Phoneme Touch and Say as well as the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol; techniques she uses to assist children who are struggling with speech development. Julia is also certified in the Lidcombe Program, a preschool fluency intervention program aimed to highlight the role of parents in stuttering therapy.
Julia has a special interest in supporting preschool and school-age children and their families. She has worked for several years providing assessment and therapy in many areas of childhood communication development, including: early language development, articulation/phonology, oral motor speech difficulties, literacy, fluency, social communication and play skill development, and voice. Julia is truly invested in working together with her clients and their families, through fun and creative sessions, to achieve their communication goals.
Sherry Peter, M.Cl.Sc. SLP (C)
Sherry received her Master of Clinical Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. She provides assessment and treatment to children who work on a range of communication goals including functional communication, receptive and expressive language, articulation, resonance, fluency, and literacy.
Sherry actively pursues additional training to enhance the communication skills of each client. She is trained in using Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk” Program, the Lidcombe Program, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), the Phoneme Touch and Say system and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol.
Sherry also completes specialized courses to support clients who have specific learning needs. She has completed the Basic Language Orton Gillingham course based on an approach designed to help individuals with dyslexia. She has also received the Autism Intervener Certificate from the Geneva Centre for Autism and holds Level 1 certification in Pivotal Response Treatment.
It is Sherry’s pleasure to help children discover their full communication potential and to encourage a love of learning.
Hayley Abraham, M.A. SLP
Hayley received her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology from the University At Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. Hayley has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings. She holds Hanen certification for “It Takes Two to Talk”: a program designed to teach parents how to build their child’s language skills during everyday activities and “Target Word”: a program designed to show parents how to build their child’s expressive vocabulary. Hayley has experience designing and implementing augmentative and alternative communication tools for clients who need additional aids for communication, including: visual aids (e.g., Boardmaker, sign language), programmed devices and computer programs (e.g., Proloquo2go).
Before joining Speech Pathways, Hayley worked for several years at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre where she gained valuable experience on their Preschool Communication Service team treating children with multiple speech and language disorders.
Hayley has experience in the following areas: early language development, articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language, oral motor speech difficulties, literacy, alternative and augmentative communication, and social communication development with children diagnosed with ASD. Hayley’s commitment to helping those with communication challenges, paired with her enthusiasm and creativity, support an environment where clients can learn while having fun.
Ashley Nichols, M. SLP
Ashley received her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Ashley is Hanen certified for “It takes two to talk”, a family focused early language intervention to assist toddlers who are language delayed and has also received certification for the Lidcombe Program, a behavioural treatment for children who stutter. Ashley has experience in childhood speech and language development for all age ranges (infants to adolescents). She has several years of work experience at a private practice where she managed a caseload of children with the following speech and language disorders: articulation, oral motor, receptive and expressive language delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders, dysfluency, and reading/writing delays. Ashley is passionate about continuing education and has attended numerous workshops to further increase her knowledge and skills in communication disorders. She is an advocate of community support and has offered presentations to local preschool teachers and families regarding speech, language and reading disorders. She has also volunteered her expertise to an Early Intervention Centre to demonstrate play-based speech therapy for children with developmental delays and disabilities.
Ashley has developed a special interest in working with children with reading difficulties and has attended several conferences/workshops to continue her education in this area. Preschool aged children with receptive and expressive language difficulties are also a main area of interest for Ashley. For all clients, she strives to maintain a fun and creative environment to support each child in achieving their therapy goals.
Mary Krupicz M.Cl.Sc.SLP (C)
Mary received her Master of Clinical Science degree from University of Western Ontario and is certified through Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). She is passionate about helping children and adults meet their communication goals. Mary has experience working with children and adults with articulation delays, phonological delays, swallowing difficulty, motor speech disorders, voice disorders/differences, social pragmatic differences, language delay and comprehension difficulty.
Mary has completed training in the Essential Pause program (fluency), the Supported Conversation Approach for aphasia therapy, and “It Takes Two To Talk” (a family centered therapy program that targets early language skills). She has also completed training for Phoneme Touch and Say TM and the Kaufman Method TM for Apraxia therapy.
Mary has special interests in voice disorders and early language difficulties. Her experience with voice disorders includes voice feminization and masculinization, alaryngeal speech, and voice problems related to over-use or abuse. She has experience working with transfeminine individuals and children with voice difficulties. Her background in music has served her well when working with this population.
Jordana Steinberg M.Sc. SLP
Jordana received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Jordana’s clinical experience includes working with paediatrics from infancy through adolescence, administering assessments and providing treatment for children in private practice, school setting as well as the preschool speech and language programs. Jordana has experience working with clients with articulation and phonological disorders, acquired and developmental language disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders and motor speech disorders, specifically Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Jordana is certified in Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” and has completed “Introduction to PROMPT: Technique” from The PROMPT Institute. She works with her clients and their families, providing strategies to enhance and encourage communication.
Kamalpreet Kainth M.A. CCC-SLP
Kamalpreet (Preet) obtained her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She possesses clinical experience assessing and treating preschool and school-aged speech and language needs, such as: dysfluency (stuttering), articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, dysarthria, expressive language, receptive language, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and literacy. Preet also has experience working with adults who have expressive and receptive language difficulties as a result of a stroke (aphasia), motor speech disorders, cognitive-linguistic deficits, and swallowing disorders. Her graduate research focused on the treatment of bilingual speakers with aphasia.
Preet is certified in It Takes Two to Talk. She is also trained in the Kauffman Speech to Language Protocol and Phoneme Touch and Say Program. Preet is passionate about creating positive and functional therapy environments for clients. She enjoys incorporating her clients’ interests and involving family and caregivers throughout the therapy process. In addition, Preet is able to provide therapy in English and Punjabi.
Cassandra Groot M.Sc.A. SLP
Cassandra (Cassie) received her Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from McGill University. She has experience in assessment and intervention of both paediatric and adult clients in hospital, clinic, school and daycare settings.
Cassie has provided treatment for pre-schoolers and school aged children with articulation and phonological disorders, early language delay, receptive and/or expressive language delays, fluency disorders, voice disorders and motor speech disorders. She has experience with children that have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, 22q Deletion Syndrome and Down Syndrome. She has also worked with adults with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, voice and swallowing disorders.
Cassie is certified in the Lidcombe fluency program, an effective approach for pre-schoolers who stutter, Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia and the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile. She has specific training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for working with apraxia.
Cassie is passionate about creating a family-centred approach while helping each client reach their goals through creative and functional activities!
Alessia Tenaglia M.S. Ed. SLP
Alessia received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Alessia’s experiences in early language intervention, the school setting, and outpatient practice have contributed to her unique skill set and have provided her with a solid understanding of clients’ needs at various stages of rehabilitation. Using a client-centered approach, she delights in creating therapy programs that focus on developing the appropriate skills needed for clients’ independence and optimal functioning in everyday activities.
Alessia’s passion is working with children, ranging from preschool to school age. Prior to joining Speech Pathways, Alessia worked at an early intervention clinic, utilizing a play-based approach and language based strategies to treat young children with severe language delays. She has experience providing educational sessions on baby sign language, helping to bridge the gap between the desire to communicate and the ability to do so.
Alessia has additional certifications including: Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) which she uses while treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol – a treatment method for children with childhood apraxia of speech. She has completed her training in the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy approach and has experience in delivering the Synergistic Fluency Approach, a holistic method of stuttering therapy, which combines Stuttering Modification and Fluency Shaping techniques. She’s also completed the workshop Teach Me To Talk, which focuses on helping children understand and use language in their early years of development.
Alessia enjoys providing a fun, creative, and energetic environment for children to reach their maximum potential!
Janine D’Souza M.Cl.Sc. SLP
Janine received her Master of Speech Pathology Studies from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is passionate about working with clients of all ages with developmental and acquired communication disorders.
Janine has provided treatment for pre-schoolers and school-aged children with: articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language delays, literacy disorders, fluency disorders, social pragmatic delays secondary to Autism Spectrum Disorders and motor speech disorders. She has also worked with adults with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, swallowing, voice, and fluency disorders.
Janine has additional training in: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Seminar – Alternative & Augmentative Communication Strategies for Individuals with Special Needs, Adult Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies, and Management of Adult Tracheostomy Patients. Janine is committed to working with clients and their families to support their communication goals through dynamic and engaging therapy.
Elena D’Onofrio M. SLP
Elena received her Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Elena has experience working in a private practice where she facilitated services with clients of all ages and with a variety of communication needs. She has experience working with adults and children with the following communication difficulties: expressive and receptive language delay, speech sound errors, motor speech difficulties, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, social/pragmatic disorders, stuttering, individuals with Intellectual Disability and those with reading and writing difficulties. Elena is trained in the Lidcombe Program, a behavioural remediation program for stuttering.
Elena values collaborative treatment, and enjoys working together with clients’ families and therapy team to achieve their communication goals.
Elena focuses on providing services that are individually tailored to each client so that they can reach their maximum potential. Her services are fun, enthusiastic and energetic!
Sabreena Dhaliwal M.S. SLP
Sabreena received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University in New York state. She has experience working with children and adults with speech, language, and swallowing disorders in a variety of settings.
Sabreena has provided assessment and treatment for pre-schoolers and school-aged children with articulation disorders, phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive-receptive language disorders, fluency, Autism Spectrum Disorder and dysphagia. She has experience in working with adults with apraxia of speech, aphasia, dysphagia, and dysarthria.
Sabreena has completed additional training in Teach Me to Talk: Steps to Building Verbal Imitation Skills in Toddlers. She has also worked alongside other professionals and has gained knowledge in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) principles, and in the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
Julia Steele M.H.Sc. SLP (C)
Julia received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated SLP with a passion for working with children of all ages. She has experience working with children in a variety of setting including in-patient rehabilitation, school board and in-home. Julia was previously working with Preschool Speech and Language Services providing early intervention to children with speech and language delays. She loves making connections with her clients and their families, taking a collaborative approach to therapy in order to keep it functional and meaningful.
Julia has experience in providing assessment and treatment in: receptive and expressive language delays, late talkers, fluency, articulation, motor speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and developmental delays. She uses a comprehensive treatment approach tailored to each individual, building on their strengths and helping them achieve their greatest potential. Julia has experience using Augmentative and Alternative Communication, including PECS and sign language, in her therapy with special pediatric populations.
Julia has additional training in: Hanen “More than Words” and PROMPT: Level 1 training. She has certification from the Geneva Centre for Autism: Taking the ASD Perspective for Success Strategies in the Early Childhood.
Julia loves making treatment fun, engaging and motivating for her clients! She can provide services in English and French.
Crystal Tso M.A. SLP
Crystal received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from State University of New York at Buffalo. Crystal has experience working with both children and adults with a variety of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders in hospital, clinic, and school settings. Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, she is able to connect with family members from different backgrounds. She specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) providing children and adults with Autism and communication difficulties an opportunity to communicate. Crystal is well versed in the Lidcombe and Camperdown programs, fluency therapy programs for children and adults. Using her creativity and enthusiasm, she conducted articulation/phonology and motor speech disorders therapy engaging the children and parents.
While working at a hospital, Crystal refined her skills in cognitive-linguistic therapy and voice therapy. Crystal enjoys working with adults, helping clients find confidence in their speech patterns and encouraging family members to continue to be their support. She has also assessed and implemented swallow therapy for clients with various diagnosis. Crystal is passionate in motivating clients and their family members reach their goals through a fun-filled journey.
Sarah Dittrich M.Cl. Sc. SLP
Sarah received her Master of Clinical Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario, and has nearly 20 years of experience working with preschool and school aged children and their families. She has provided assessment, treatment and consultative services within the areas of articulation and phonology, oral-motor development, receptive and expressive language delays, early language stimulation, phonological awareness, voice and fluency. Sarah’s personal passions are to promote oral language and early literacy skills in young children. She has previously worked as an Early Literacy Specialist, supporting the development of emergent literacy skills (i.e. reading readiness) in preschoolers and their caregivers.
Sarah provides high quality speech and language programs and support to her clients and their families. She uses many of Pamela Marshalla’s oral motor techniques in her speech therapy sessions, and is certified in the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” and “Learning Language and Loving It” programs. Sarah receives a great deal of satisfaction from helping families achieve their communication and learning goals. She feels that being an SLP is the greatest job in the world because teaching children to understand – and to be understood – is so important, so rewarding, and so much fun!
Gagan Saini M.S. Ed. SLP
Gagan received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Gagan’s experiences with early intervention services, school-based intervention, and traumatic-brain injury structured day-programs have equipped her with a diverse skill-set that allow her to optimize communication potential with a variety of clients.
Prior to joining Speech Pathways, Gagan provided pre-school speech and language services to children impacted by: motor speech delays, expressive and receptive language delays, feeding difficulties, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also has experience as a behavior therapist providing intervention using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Gagan focuses on providing client and family-centered services in order to create meaningful change in the lives of her clients. Her goal is to ensure family and caregiver involvement in order to maximize the benefits of speech and language therapy. In addition, Gagan capitalizes on the strengths of her clients, incorporates their interests, and develops therapy programs that promote independence across communicative environments.
Gagan completed additional training in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 which was used to treat non-verbal children or children with no functional communication. She has provided intervention using The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for children suspected of a motor speech disorders. Gagan has also been able to effectively develop social skills using concepts derived from Social Thinking, a curriculum specifically designed to teach social skills to children and adolescents with social deficits.
Gagan loves to create programs that are fun and motivating. She can provide services in English and Punjabi.
Larissa Der M.Sc. A. SLP (C)
Larissa received her Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from McGill University and is certified through Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Having experience with children and adults in a variety of settings (preschool, specialized schools, community programs, and private practice) has contributed to her unique skill set.
Larissa has provided assessment and treatment to preschool and school-aged children in the areas of language development, articulation, phonology, apraxia/oral-motor and phonological awareness. She has experience with children that have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Selective Mutism. Larissa also has experience working with adults in the area of aphasia and accent modification.
Larissa actively pursues additional training to ensure the best quality of care for her clients. She is Hanen certified for “It Takes Two to Talk”, a family-focused early language intervention and “Learning Language and Loving It”, a program supporting communication development in early school settings. She is certified in the Lidcombe fluency program, an effective fluency program for preschoolers. She is also trained in the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImp) and holds Level 1 certification in Pivotal Response Treatment received at the Centre for Autism.
Larissa’s approach is client and family centered and she strives to provide individualized therapy that is not only effective, but fun! She looks to build on her client’s strengths to build confidence and to reach their goals. It is Larissa’s absolute pleasure to help her clients become the best communicators they can be.
Colleen Thibert M.Cl.Sc. SLP
Colleen received her Master of Clinical Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western University in London, Ontario. Colleen has experience working with clients of all ages with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. She has experience assessing and treating children with the following communication impairments: expressive and receptive language delays, early language intervention, articulation, motor speech disorders, stuttering, Autism Spectrum and Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, genetic conditions, and Down Syndrome. Colleen also has experience treating adult clients with a variety of speech and language disorders including aphasia, dysarthria, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders.
Colleen has a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and focuses her treatment on improving functional communication and play skills. She has experience with DIRFloortime programming, which focuses on social interaction and sensory issues, and is certified in Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk”, a parent-focused program for young children with early language delays.
Colleen is passionate about working with clients of all ages. She enjoys developing individualized goals and functional activities in collaboration with the client to maximize participation in daily activities.
Nathalia Das Gupta M.H.Sc. SLP (C)
Nathalia received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She has experience working with children in a wide variety of settings including outpatient hospitals, clinics, and in-home. She has provided assessment and treatment for preschool and school-aged children in the areas of expressive and receptive language, articulation, phonology, childhood apraxia of speech, reading, writing, and social communication. Nathalia also has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has received additional training to treat early language delays, as well as children and adults who stutter.
Nathalia has worked with adult clients in clinics and outpatient rehabilitation settings focused on assessing and treating dysarthria, aphasia, and cognitive communication difficulties related to neurodegenerative conditions or traumatic brain injury. Nathalia enjoys helping adults who wish to reduce their second language accent, as well.
Nathalia has additional training in Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk”, PROMPT: Level 1, Lidcombe, Fluency Plus, and Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia. She provides individualized, holistic care to help each individual reach their goals. She can provide services in English and Spanish.
Ina Vuckovic M.H.Sc. SLP
Ina received her Master’s of Health Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology from Laurentian University. She is passionate about working with clients of all ages with various developmental and acquired communication disorders. Ina’s clinical experience includes the assessment and treatment of preschool and school-aged children who present with a variety of speech and/or language needs, such as articulation and phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, fluency disorders (stuttering), voice disorders, receptive and/or expressive language delays, and cognitive-communication disorders following traumatic brain injuries. She also has experience working with adults who present with swallowing impairments (dysphagia), and speech and/or language difficulties resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and various neurological disorders (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, etc.).
Prior to joining Speech Pathways, Ina worked closely with a multi-disciplinary team to assess and treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in an early autism intervention program that utilizes a naturalistic, play-based intervention approach.
Ina collaborates with clients and client families using a client/family-centered approach to create and tailor therapy programs to best suit the individual needs of each client. In addition, Ina is a multilingual therapist who has provided therapy in multiple languages, including: English, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, French, and Spanish. Her graduate research focused on the assessment of children who speak English as a second language. Her passions also include fostering bilingualism among bilingual/bicultural families.
Stephanie Peterson M.S. SLP (C)
Stephanie received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Minot State University in North Dakota. She is certified through Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Stephanie has experience with preschool and school-aged children in clinic, home, and school settings. She has provided assessment and intervention in the areas of articulation/phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language delays, social communication, fluency (stuttering), childhood apraxia of speech, oral rest posture/orofacial myofunctional disorders, and literacy skills. Stephanie strives to make therapy a fun and rewarding experience!
Stephanie has provided assessment and treatment for adults with dysarthria, apraxia of speech, and/or aphasia resulting from a stroke or traumatic brain injury. She also has experience with neurodegenerative conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, and Dementia. Stephanie has used concepts derived from Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease, and is trained in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA). She has attended additional workshops that focus on teaching others how to be better communication partners with people who have aphasia. Stephanie is passionate about making therapy functional and meaningful for her adult clients.
Leanne Secen M.H.Sc. SLP
Leanne received her Master’s of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto. Her clinical experience includes assessing and treating infants to adolescents in the areas of articulation, phonology, expressive and receptive language, literacy, social communication, executive functioning, fluency and oromyofunctional disorders. Leanne has worked with pediatric clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome and ADD/ADHD. She also has experience assessing and treating adults presenting with cognitive communication difficulties secondary to traumatic brain injury.
Leanne has completed additional training in Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk”, Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT, Level 1), Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She has attended other workshops on reading and writing difficulties, and fluency disorders, in the school-aged child.
Leanne is passionate about client/parent education during both assessment and intervention. Understanding the reasoning behind each activity, task, and/or exercise, empowers the client and provides more meaning to each therapy session. In addition, revisiting these short-term goals on a regular basis allows for the entire team – the client, client’s family, and clinician – to continue to be on the the same page in working towards the client’s functional, long-term goals of treatment.
Zaynab Taei, M.S, SLP (C)
Zaynab received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Kentucky. She has experience working with adults and with children from birth through school age, in a variety of settings. She is particularly interested in feeding and swallowing assessment and intervention for all ages.
Zaynab provides assessment and intervention for children with articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive and receptive language delays and disorders, Down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder, as well as supporting medically complex children and their families with diagnoses such Edwards Syndrome and complications of extreme prematurity. She has assessed and treated adults with developmental disabilities, aphasia, dementia, and dysarthria.
Zaynab has completed continuing education in intervention with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She has worked in interdisciplinary teams with occupational therapists, physical therapists, and Applied Behavioural Analysis providers and incorporates information and strategies from these professionals in her intervention.
Zaynab has worked with many bilingual families and is passionate about encouraging home language use with her bilingual clients. She works closely with families to provide routine-based, child and family-led intervention that is fun and functional. Additionally, she is able to incorporate French into her sessions.