About me...My Philosophy, Experience and Credentials
I serve families on the North Shore (North Vancouver, West Vancouver), and I do house calls!
I typically conduct therapy sessions in a child's home, as this is a familiar, comfortable, and natural setting for your child which fosters generalization of skills. It also allows me to provide strategies to empower you, the parent, to facilitate your child's communication skills during their everyday activities and routines. At times I see children in their preschool or daycare. Toys, games, crafts, and books (which promote both early literacy and speech/language skills) are used for play-based therapy; after all, children learn through play! I believe that each child is unique, can learn and have fun while doing it. Let me motivate your child, bring out their best and help them to feel proud about their accomplishments!
Well, in-person house calls was pre-COVID-19 times, but currently - with my new model of teletherapy - I will still be essentially coming to you, except now through the screen on your laptop, iPad or other device (please see also my video). Unlike previously, this allows me to work with families on LANGUAGE DELAY specifically independent of your location and no matter where you are located in BC.
Please keep reading to learn more about me and how I anticipate returning to my prior in-person therapy model once it is safe to do so. The good news is that - no matter how the pandemic develops - I will also maintain teletherapy for language delay, using both models in the future.
My experience over the years includes working on early intervention teams (centre-based and home-based service delivery models), specialized preschool classrooms, elementary schools, private practice, clinical director of a private practice, tutoring foster children, and teaching and supervising graduate students in a University clinical setting. I have also had the opportunity to work with an under-served community in northern BC, with preschoolers and their families. I currently participate as a volunteer in a mentorship program with SAC, sharing information and offering support to new graduates in the field of speech language pathology. I feel that it’s important to give back to my profession this way and it’s also an excellent way to keep learning. Past experience volunteering in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a baby cuddler (with premature infants) at BC Children’s Hospital was a bucket list item for me: it gave me the opportunity to learn from other disciplines as well as impart my knowledge of how important communication is in its many forms: through singing, reading, talking, and touch.
I carry and maintain Certification from both Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) in the U.S. I am registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC)and am a member of my provincial organization (Speech and Hearing BC). You may see me around the community, along with my colleagues, in libraries or wellness fairs, volunteering to promote the importance of literacy, speech, language and hearing.