Speech-language pathologists screen, assess, and treat speech, language, communication, and feeding and swallowing problems for all age groups, as well as provide education and advocate for the prevention of these disorders.
At Vancouver Speech Therapy we believe in providing family-oriented Speech Language Pathology services for children and families - working together as a team to help children in the Vancouver area meet their potential.
Jessica has been a registered Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) for over 10 years. In 2006, she received her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Alberta, a program known for developing excellent clinical and therapy skills.
She has been providing speech and language therapy since that time in Alberta and in the Vancouver area. She worked at Alberta Children's Hospital and in private practice in Calgary, and at Sunnyhill Health Centre for Children an BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver before opening Van Speech in February of 2017.
Jessica loves working with kids and families and takes a very play based an functional approach to services. She strives to provide services that fit into families' and children's lives and to support children in using their communication skills in their daily activities with the people they interact with regularly.
When she is not working, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, participating in sports and outdoor activities, trail and road running, and photography.
Jessica has extensive expertise and additional training in working with infants, toddlers, preschool & school aged kids in the areas of:
Early communication skills
late talking, building blocks for talking and understanding, skills that come before talking, and social communication skills
including trouble pronouncing sounds, accent reduction, sound substitutions, deletions, and (articulation/phonology), Apraxia of Speech
putting words together, vocabulary, sentences, grammar, understanding, , asking and answering questions, following directions
Using pictures and technology to support communication
PECS, iPad, TouchChat, LAMP, ProloQuo2Go, tablets and eye gaze
Feeding and swallowing assessment and therapy
picky eating, chewing, drinking, coughing while eating/drinking
Children with developmental delays related to:
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy