Hello! I'm excited to be on the Chatty Therapy team! My name is Marissa and I am a registered speech-language pathologist in the Edmonton area. I graduated with a Masters of Science from the University of Alberta and have been working as a pediatric speech-language pathologist mainly in the area of early language and autism. I love being a speech-language pathologist! I have experience working in home, school, and clinic settings and supporting clients and their families in areas such as speech sounds, language, motor planning, social communication, and executive functioning.
I am always committed to learning and growing with your family and frequently seeking out new research and professional development opportunities to do so. I have completed professional development in parent coaching, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Gestalt language processing, executive functioning, and feeding therapy and am Trained in Hanen's More Than Words and the SCERTS framework.
I believe therapy should be holistic and strength-based and I have a strong focus on child-led, play-based therapy. I strive to create a positive, trusting therapy environment with all my clients. My ultimate goal as a speech-language pathologist is to support my clients to find their voice so they can be their most confident, authentic selves in their daily lives.
I am also passionate about engaging with the adult population. I have experience working with adult clients in acute care and clinical rehabilitation settings. I have worked with adults with a variety of communication challenges (e.g., Parkinson's, stroke, brain injury) in a variety of areas (e.g., social communication, language rehabilitation, reading, writing, executive functioning). Adult communication is very close to my heart as I also have experience working hand-ons with clients in long-term care and home care settings.
In my free time, you'll find me walking my dog or playing pretend with my nieces and nephews!
• Hanen More Than Words
• SCERTS Framework
• Safe Management Trained
• Hanen Coaching Parents in How to Play
• SAC Webinar: Bilingualism in Children with ASD: What do we know...What can we do...
• SAC Webinar: Play in Children with ASD
• SAC Webinar: Pediatric Dysphagia: Guiding Clinical Practice (Holland Bloorview)
• SAC Webcast: Criteria and Crucial Conversations About DLD
• Augmentative and Alternative Summer Symposium Sessions (Alberta CCN PLC)
• Speech and Language Development of Toddlers with a History of Feeding Difficulties (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)