WELCOME TO ASPIRE SPEECH

As a speech language pathologist, my mission is to provide professional, respectful, and evidence-based speech therapy, language and swallowing services to my clients and their families in Muskoka, Parry Sound and the surrounding areas.

I will evaluate each client’s strengths and skills and recommend treatment and connections with community partners and programs to help my clients reach their highest potential and to offer their families strategies for helping them progress. To the best of my ability, I will assist each client to feel a sense of connection, empowerment and courage in dealing with their challenges.

I offer each client my extensive experience gained in working closely with occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers.

I know the importance of working collaboratively and will not hesitate to make referrals to other professionals who I believe can assist each client in achieving their goals.

My core values in all client interaction are respect, professionalism, sincerity and expertise.

- Genna Nichol, Founder and Director, Aspire Speech

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MY EXPERIENCE

Since 2009, my vision has been to provide growth and a sense of empowerment and accomplishment in the lives of my clients and their families in a supportive, positive and professional manner. Various years of academic and hands-on experience, as well as a commitment to continuing education, have given me the knowledge and skill to help you meet your speech goals. Please read below to learn about my education and experience as a speech language pathologist.

EDUCATION

Master of Clinical Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology)

University of Western Ontario, October 2009

Honours Bachelor of Arts, Speech and Language Sciences (with first-class standing)

Brock University, June 2007

MEMBERSHIPS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Aspire Speech, formerly known as Speech and Language Services of Muskoka (2001 to present)

  • Providing speech, language and swallowing services across the lifespan.


Muskoka Algonquin Health Care, Huntsville and Bracebridge sites (June 2019 to present)

  • I provide casual SLP coverage at both sites where I conduct bedside swallowing assessment and treatment, as well as language assessment and treatment of patients who have suffered a stroke and are presenting with aphasia or related disorders.


One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Center (July 2009 to October 2019)

  • I provided assessment and treatment to preschool-aged children with a wide range of speech and language difficulties, including voice, fluency, phonology, motor speech disorders, articulation and language disorders. 

  • Fluent experience working with children with down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, cleft lip and palate, various rare genetic disorders and neurological disorders.

  • I was involved in OKP’s Developmental Clinic for 2 years and the Feeding and Swallowing Clinic for 7 years.

  • I worked cooperatively with an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) speech language pathologist to implement treatment programs for children requiring AAC support, including creating aided language stimulation boards, programming and teaching of Proloque2Go and other alternative devices (switches, PECS, etc.).

  • I also provided supervision to five communicative disorders assistants in the implementation of speech and language therapy.


Closing the Gap (April to June 2017)

Contract position for the School-Based Rehabilitative Program


The Speech Clinic (October 2018 to June 2019)

Contract position for the School-Based Rehabilitative Program


  • During these contracts, I provided assessment and treatment to school-aged children with articulation/phonology difficulties, fluency (stuttering) and voice difficulties. In addition, I provided motor speech therapy to children who have a diagnosis of apraxia of speech.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Early Language:

Hanen Certified in the following Parent Training Programs:

  • It Takes Two to Talk

  • More Than Words

  • Target Words


Motor Speech Disorder:

  • Introduction to PROMPT: Technique

  • Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention

  • Digging Deeper: A practical, in-depth look at motor speech assessment and therapy (with Debra Goshulak)

  • Differentiating Oral Motor Speech Disorders and Management of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Edythe Strand)

  • Making a Difference: Best treatment practices for preschool and school-aged children with motor speech disorders (with Debra Goshulak)


Augmentative and Alternative Communication:

  • Picture Exchange Communication System Level 1 (PECS) – Basic Training

  • iPads as Communication Tools (with Alicia Garcia)


Pediatric Feeding/Swallowing Difficulties

  • Sensory Oral Sequential Approach (SOS)

  • Learning to Say Yes: Moving from Gastrointestinal Discomfort to Inner Directed Eating (Suzanne Evan Morris) – www.thelearningworkshop.ca

  • Achieving Success: Effective Intervention in Pediatric Feeding (Sherna Marcus, OT and Suzanne Breton)

  • Chewing and Biting Intervention in Pediatric Feeding Disorders

  • Lip and Cheek Intervention in Pediatric Feeding Disorders

  • What to do when you get stuck? (with Marsha Dunn Klein)

  • 5th Pediatric Feeding Conference 2017: creating order for pediatric feeding disorders (from Feeding Matters)


Auditory Verbal Therapy

Literacy:

  • Early Literacy Conference Niagara Falls. 2 day conference, September 2009.


Fluency:

  • Fluency 101 Workshop: Fluency best practice pathway presented by Robert Kroll.


Post Stroke/Aphasia and Dysphagia

  • Oropharyngeal Dysphagia (with Catriona Steele).

Other:

  • Effective Evaluation and Intervention Procedures of Frontal and Lateral Lisp Disorders

  • Teaching Children with Developmental Disabilities to Speak: Current Research and Best Practice with Martha Burns, Nancy Kaufman, Tamara Kasper, Sara Rosefeld Johnson

  • Techniques and Intervention to Correct ‘R’– 7 Steps from Basics to Habituation

 
 
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