About

 

Michelle Bodo, Speech-Language Pathologist M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

Michelle Bodo,
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

I have been working with children who have communication delays and disorders for over 10 years. While completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, I worked part-time as an instructor therapist, providing Intensive Behavioural Intervention to children with Autism. I then went on to complete my training in speech-language pathology at the University of Western Ontario, where I obtained a Master’s of Science. I am registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Throughout my practice, I have had the opportunity to help a variety of children. I have worked with late talkers, children who have speech sound delays, those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and children with language and literacy difficulties. I have experience working with both preschool and school-aged children and their families. In addition, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with many different professionals.

I am passionate about communication and am dedicated to helping children communicate to the best of their abilities. This may come in the form of improving a child's articulation (speech sound) skills, helping a child say his or her first word, or teaching a child to behave appropriately in a social situation. I always include parents in my treatment sessions and my ultimate goal is always to teach parents the skills they need to help their children be better communicators. I truly love my job, and I am constantly learning new things from the children and families with whom I work.

Certifications and Courses

  • Hanen Certified for It Takes Two to Talk (May 2008), More Than Words (February 2009), and Talk Ability (February 2011)
  • Completed PROMPT level 1 (May 2008)

     

Janine Van Raay, Communicative Disorders Assistant

Janine Van Raay,
Communicative Disorders Assistant

I have been working as a Communicative Disorders Assistant since 2007. I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Calvin University College in Grand Rapids, MI. I love my job and am very passionate about helping others who have difficulty communicating become the best communicators they can be. I have 8 years of solid experience providing treatment to individuals with a wide range of communication challenges including: Autism, Global Developmental Delay, Down’s syndrome, motor speech delays (Apraxia), Aphasia, fluency, articulation and language delays, severe phonological disorders, reading and writing difficulties, Acquired Brain Injury, and Central Auditory Processing Disorder.

I have unique experience and background knowledge co-treating within an interdisciplinary team consisting of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, music therapists, behavioural therapists, and psychologists. I believe this has given me the ability to help see the individual as a “whole.” I make it my goal to figure out what motivates each child and use these highly reinforcing activities or rewards throughout my sessions to keep my kids engaged. I thoroughly enjoy training parents on using effective strategies for communication at home with their child.

I also have experience co-leading speech and music groups with a registered music therapist. So many kids are motivated by music, and I love that we can offer an alternative to traditional speech and language therapy and make it even more exciting by adding music!

In my down time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 kids. I love to be outdoors; camping, hiking, and canoeing. I also enjoy playing volleyball and soccer.

 

Sara Langford, Communicative Disorders Assistant

Sara Langford,
Communicative Disorders Assistant

Hi there! 

I have been working as a Communicative Disorders Assistant for over 8 years. I completed an Honours B.A. in Speech and Language Sciences at Brock University in 2009 and a Post-graduate CDA Certificate from Durham College in 2010.
 
Since graduating, I have worked in private practices, community programs, home care and schools, often within multidisciplinary teams.
 
I have worked with a wide variety of ages and diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down's Syndrome, Apraxia, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay,  Aphasia, and many others.
I have completed American Sign Language parts 1 and 2, as well as several social communication workshops.
 
I absolutely love my job and cherish the opportunity to help people communicate. In therapy, I stress the importance of family participation, and prioritize functional communication that matters most to your child.
 
When I'm not working, I'm spending time with my husband and daughter. We love to go to the cottage with our extended family, and going to baseball games.
 
I look forward to meeting you and helping your family meet your communication goals!