Hello! My name is Rita, and I am so happy to be part of the Chatty Therapy team!
I graduated from the University of Alberta with my Masters in Speech Language Pathology, as well as my Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Medicine, Francophone Practice for SLP. Since then, I have experienced working in various settings, namely in acute care, tertiary rehabilitative care, clinic, community health, and in private home environments. I have enjoyed working in groups and one-on-one, in both virtual and in-person settings. My experience ranges from preschool children in areas of early language development to end-of-life care in the area of feeding and swallowing.
My favorite population is that of adults with aphasia and/or other acquired language disorders. My expertise also lies in dual language development at the preschool age, and I absolutely love working with diverse, multilingual populations!
I like to approach my work from a family-oriented perspective, as I believe it is crucial for a client and their family to be involved in their speech therapy goals. I look forward to supporting clients and their families through their personal communication goals, in a fun and effective manner!
• SAC Webcast: Comfort Feeding Only: Considerations for Feeding at End of Life (2017)
• Personal Development Reflective Summary: Online Dual-Language Program to Support Families of Linguistically Diverse Preschool Children
• Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™), Aphasia Institute, January 2021
• Early First Sounds Workshop
• Development of Play Skills Webinar. Adapted from Learn to Play: A Practical Program to Develop a Child's Imaginative Play Skills, Stagnitti, K (1998)