About Us
The Speech-Language Network offers professional, personalized speech-language pathology services to help children and adults overcome communication challenges. Working closely with clients and families, we help build the skills and confidence needed to let their true voice shine.

 

The SLN’s speech language professionals are high level experts trained to recognize the challenges you face, suggest treatment options tailored to your situation, and carefully guide you and your family through communication building processes and solutions – all in a comfortable, welcoming environment.

 

We believe everyone should have the chance to let their true voice shine.

Kara Broks

Reg. Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of the Speech Language Network, Ltd.

B.Sc., M.Sc., (C), S-LP, (CCC)

Kara’s passion for educating people on speech language and learning skills is topped only by her caring nature and commitment to helping those with communication difficulties. She is known for developing strong working relationships with her clients and families and is skilled at inspiring, building confidence and skill sets to enable them be the best communicators they can be. With a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, Kara has been helping children, teens and adults improve their communication skills and confidence for more than a decade. In her spare time, Kara enjoys being at the lake, water skiing, visiting the mountains, swimming, reading, campfires and spending time with her family.

Areas of Focus
  • Adolescent, teen and adult speech-language, auditory processing and social language therapy
  • Speech therapy for articulation and enunciation of speech sounds
  • Auditory Rehabilitation (Hearing Loss) 
  • Fluency / Stuttering Therapy
  • Voice Modification Therapy
  • Accent Reduction Therapy
  • Cognitive Communication Therapy (Acquired Brain Injury)
  • Tongue Thrust Therapy
  • Social Language training
  • Learning disabilities and behavioural difficulties
Training
  • Cognitive Communication Disorders Level 1 – Treatment & Assessment after Acquired Brain Injury
  • Master Class: Advanced Implementation of Executive Function Interventions – Sarah Ward
  • Estill Voice Training Level 2 – Figure Combinations & Voice Qualities
  • Estill Voice Training Level 1 – Figures of Voice Control, Evidence Based Treatment for Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MDT), Accessible Methods for Voice Assessment
  • PROMPT – Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (P.R.O.M.P.T.) –Introduction Level One
  • Compton P-ESL Accent Modification – Certified
  • ISTAR – Assessment & Treatment for Stutters
  • Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing for Phonemic Awareness, Reading & Spelling Training (LiPS)
  • Lindamood Seeing Stars for Phonemic Awareness, Reading and Spelling Training (SI)
  • Lindamood Visualizing Verbalizing for Language Comprehension & Thinking Training (V/V)
  • The Conversation – The Conversation: A Comprehensive Social Skills Training Program – Curriculum Based
  • Social Thinking -The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies – Teens & Adults
  • Social Thinking – Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary – All Ages
  • Social Thinking – The Spectrum of Social Functioning: Getting Started with Treatment Planning –Age 5+
  • Social Thinking – Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning -Age 5-14
  • Hanen Certified – It Takes Two To Talk, Learning Language and Loving It & More than Words
  • Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in the Classroom (Master’s in Ed Psych & Special Education Course – U of S)
  • Supporting Students with Behaviour and Special Needs in the Classroom (Master’s in Ed Psych & Special Education Course – U of S)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices -Pat Mirenda
  • Pamella Marshalla – Developing Intelligibility in Children with Limited Expressions: Apraxia, Dysarthria and Low Cognitive Skills
  • Kauffman Speech Praxis Assessment & Therapy for Apraxia of Speech
  • Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust: An Introduction with Assessment Applications
Professional Associations
  • Professional Member of ASHA (American Speech –Language Hearing Association) 2003-Present
  • Professional Member of SAC (Speech-Language & Audiology Canada) 2007-Present
  • Professional Member of SASLPA (Sk. Ass. of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology) 2007-Present
  • Saskatchewan Registered Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Provider
  • Member of the Saskatchewan Private Practice Committee 2008 – present
  • Chairpersonship of the Discipline Committee for SASLPA 2014 – present

Heather Tremblay

Reg. Speech-Language Pathologist

B.A, M. H. SC. (C)

Heather brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the team. Fully bilingual, she is able to offer therapy in both English and French. With a Bachelor of Linguistics and Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology, Heather has worked extensively with children and youth of all ages, including those with disabilities such as autism, Down Syndrome and others.

When she’s not working, Heather loves reading, singing and curling, as well as caring for her husband and five growing children.

Areas of Focus
  • Infant, toddler and child speech-language therapy
  • Tongue Thrust Therapy
  • Speech-language therapy for adults (post stroke)
  • Late talkers
  • Parent education
  • Small group language therapy
  • Children with disabilities (Autism, Down Syndrome, and others)
  • Learning disabilities and behavioural issues
  • Articulation and phonology (speech production)
  • Fluency/stuttering
Training
  • SCERTS trained
  • Pamella Marshalla – Developing Intelligibility in Children with Limited Expressions: Apraxia, Dysarthria and Low Cognitive Skills
  • Tongue Tie 101 For SLPs: What Is Our Role?
  • Will It Hurt? Frenotomy Aftercare Strategies to Optimize Healing Outcomes for the Newborn and Tethered Oral Tissues: beyond breastfeeding
  • Bilingualism, strategies for working with bilingual children and their families
  • Best Practices in Bilingual Speech, Language and Literacy Assessment and Intervention for S-LPs
  • Stopping The Stuttering Trajectory In The Preschool Years
  • R: Techniques And Interventions To Correct Seven Steps, From Basics To Habituation
  • Hanen Certified: It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, Target Word, ABC & Beyond
  • Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust: An Introduction with Assessment Applications
Professional Associations
  • Professional Member of SAC (Speech-Language & Audiology Canada)
  • Professional Member of SASLPA (Sk. Ass. of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology)
  • Member of the Saskatchewan Private Practice Committee 2008-2018
  • Saskatchewan Registered Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Provider

Danae Burke

Reg. Speech-Language Pathologist

B.Sc., M.Sc., S-LP

With a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders (Minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing), and a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, Danae’s strength lies within her creativity in designing programs for her clients to be fun, engaging and functional. She has a wide range of experience working with children and adults and has a special interest in proving support to those with speech, voice and stuttering difficulties as well as providing direct and group programming for individuals with cognitive communication and social language delays.

 In her free time, Danae enjoys embroidery, reading, hiking in the mountains and cooking. She is also famous at the Speech Language Network for her delicious home-made cookies she bakes for the staff and for her group sessions.

Areas of Focus
  • Tongue Thrust Therapy
  • Children and youth speech-language therapy
  • Articulation and phonology (speech production)
  • Developmental language disorders
  • Social communications disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Fluency/stuttering
Training
  • Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust: An Introduction with Assessment Applications
  • Treatment of Early & Late Developing Sounds – Ken Bleile, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • School-Age Stuttering Therapy Conference – Nina Reeves MS, CCC-SLP BCS-FD
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Childhood Apraxia of Speech Conferenc – Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Connecting to Communicate: A Telepractice Series
  • 11th Annual Children’s Autism Conference – Edmonton
    • Research Trends in Autism – Lonnie Zwaigenbaum & Stelios Georgiades
    • Neurodiversity – Steve Silberman
  • Parkinson’s Symposium
    • How does Parkinson’s Disease affect the 5 senses – Rose Wichmann – Struthers Parkinson’s Center
    • Medial Management of Parkinson’s Disease – Joan Gardner  – Struthers Parkinson’s Center
  • SPEAK OUT!®and The LOUD Crowd® Training for Parkinson’s Disease  – Seminar
Professional Associations
  • Professional Member of ASHA (American Speech –Language Hearing Association) 2019-Present
  • Professional Member of SAC (Speech-Language & Audiology Canada) 2020-Present
  • Professional Member of SASLPA (Sk. Ass. of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology) 2019-Present

Hailey Richards

Provisional Reg. Speech Language Pathologist

B.Sc., M.Sc., CF-SLP

With a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Graduate Certificate in Autism, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, Hailey is a natural born front runner and committed to providing her clients with meaningful and effective evidence based therapy. Always the internal optimist-encourager, Hailey is able to bring out the best in her clients as she inspires and coaches them to achieve their greatest learning and communication potential. Hailey brings a wealth of experience working with children and adults in both individual and group settings, and has a special interest in supporting those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, cognitive communication difficulties, early language development, social language impairments, and auditory processing disorders.

 When she is not at work, Hailey enjoys playing sports, going to the lake, bargain shopping and a solid game of YAHTZEE!

Areas of Focus
  • Infant, toddler and child speech-language therapy
  • Articulation and phonology (speech production) therapy
  • Pre-literacy, phonological awareness, and reading therapy
  • Developmental language disorders
  • Social communications disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Cognitive Communication Therapy (Acquired Brain Injury)
  • Tongue Thrust Therapy
Training
  • Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust: An Introduction with Assessment Applications
  • A Language-Based Approach to Managing Echolalia- Lillian Stiegler, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Using SCERTS to Identify Evidence-Based Practices for Children With Autism- Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Building and Expanding Your CAS Toolkit- Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Treatment of Early & Late Developing Sounds – Ken Bleile, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • School-Age Stuttering Therapy Conference – Nina Reeves MS, CCC-SLP BCS-FD
  • Maximizing Intelligibility in Children and Adolescents With Down Syndrome- Libby Kumin, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Evidence-Based Interventions for Dementia: An Overview of Spaced Retrieval & Montessori – Megan L. Malone, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Dyslexia 101: Breaking Down the “D” Word –  Heather Caska, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Assessing and Treating Dyslexia: What SLPs need to know – Heather Caska, MS, CCC-SLP
Professional Associations
  • Professional Member of ASHA (American Speech –Language Hearing Association) 2020-Present
  • Professional Member of SAC (Speech-Language & Audiology Canada) 2020-Present
  • Professional Member of SASLPA (Saskatchewan Association of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology) 2020-Present
  • Saskatchewan Registered Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Provider

Samantha Houston

Reg. Speech-Language Pathologist

B.Sc., M.Sc., S-LP

Always fun and energetic, Samantha has a knack for putting her young clients at ease. With a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders (Minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing), and a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, she works primarily with school-aged children to guide and motivate them on the path to speech-language confidence.

Samantha has a soft spot for animals. And in her rare free time, she enjoys the great outdoors, playing sports, cooking/baking and restoring old furniture.

Areas of Focus
  • Children and youth speech-language therapy
  • Articulation and phonology (speech production)
  • Developmental language disorders
  • Social communications disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Fluency/stuttering
Training & Affiliations
  • Professional Member of SAC and SASLPA
  • Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust: An Introduction with Assessment Applications- Northern Speech Services
  • Ten Core Concepts of Social Thinking;
    • Thoughts & Feelings, Thinking with Your Eyes, The Group Plan, Whole Body Listening, Is Your Body in the Group?
    • Expected & Unexpected Behaviour, Smart Guess, Flexible & Stuck Thinking, Size of the Problem, and Sharing an Imagination.
  • The Social Competency Model: Teaching Social Competencies More Than Social Skill
  • AFIRM- Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules
    • Intro to ASD, Antecedent-based Intervention, Functional Communication Training, Prompting, Modeling, Reinforcement, Functional Behaviour Assessment
    • Parent Implemented Interventions, Scripting, Social Narratives, Structured Play Groups, Video Modeling, Video Supports

Lindsey Hamborg

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Having worked with multidisciplinary teams ranging from speech-language pathology to occupational and physical therapy, Lindsey brings a breadth of experience to the team. With individualized plans and goals in hand, Lindsey helps carry out treatment plans for clients of all ages, targeting both speech and language.

For fun when she’s not at work, Lindsey enjoys camping, boating, curling and spending time with family.

Areas of Focus
  • Speech-language therapy support and assistance – all ages
  • Treatment plan implementation
Training & Affiliations
  • Professional Member of SAC

Kennedy Woodcock

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Kennedy’s energy and enthusiasm for speech and language is appealing to her clients of all ages. She is passionate about her clients communication success and creates meaningful, individualized lesson plans to achieve that success. Kennedy works with a wide age range of clients including children, teens and adults and provides exceptional clinical support for a variety of challenges including cognitive communication delays, apraxia of speech, language disorders and stuttering.

In her free time, Kennedy enjoys going to the gym, dance and hanging out with family and friends.

 

Areas of Focus
  • Speech-language therapy support and assistance – all ages
  • Treatment plan implementation
Training & Affiliations
  • Professional Member of SAC and SASLPA

Amanda

Office Manager

Amanda is our Office Manager. Most days you’ll find her everywhere at once, from engaging with our clients to managing everyone’s bookings and taking care of the invoicing and payments. She’s fun and friendly, and she’ll probably be your first point of contact with us. Amanda is a true admin professional, bringing over a decade’s worth of customer service experience to The SLN. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys camping and hanging out with her family and beloved greyhounds Herbie and Brinna. She also has the best secret snacks stored in her desk and if you ask her nicely, she sometimes shares!

Amanda Thomas Office Admin SLN
Emily Hammer Art Therapist

Emily Hammer

Professional Art Therapist
B.A, D-KATI

With a Bachelor’s in Psychology (minoring in Studio Art) and a Graduate degree in Art Therapy, Emily uses the creative process to bring an element of play and experimentation to the therapeutic space. Specializing in work with children and seniors both individually and in groups, she uses the artistic process to enhance communication and bridge the gap between our feelings and conscious thought. 

When she’s not working, Emily enjoys sitting on her deck with a cup of tea and a good book, and baking different types of bread!

Professional Associations
  • Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), 2017-present
Areas of Focus
  • Seniors groups
  • Adult individuals with complex trauma
  • Children, individually and in groups, referred for behavioral issues and trauma
What is art therapy?

Art therapy combines traditional talk therapy with the artistic process that is created in the presence of a Professional Art Therapist. Art therapists provide a wide range of art materials to use in session and a non-judgmental disposition. The art is valued for what it communicates rather than for what it looks like, and no artistic talent or experience is necessary in order to benefit.

Depending on your needs, Emily may suggest art directives, prompts or themes to explore in art, or leave it up to you. The meaning of your artworks will be discussed collaboratively. Exploring your creations may evoke powerful feelings and provide new insights into your emotions or circumstances.

Julia Halford

Occupational Therapist

MSc(OT), OT Reg. (SK)

 

Julia is a registered occupational therapist with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology who has been supporting children and their families for over 12 years. Julia’s compassion and energy contribute to an engaging and fun approach for supporting client’s success and participation in meaningful activities. Julia uses child and family-centered approaches and believes that focusing on the child’s strengths and collaboration with parents/caregivers is essential for helping children thrive to meet their true potential. Julia began her career in the Calgary area where she worked with a diverse population of children and youth both individually and in groups and provided services in educational and home settings. Julia has a special interest in supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and anxiety, is passionate about supporting clients in developing self-regulation skills (the ability to manage the stresses we face in our daily lives) and loves making learning new skills fun.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, their two daughters and two rescue dogs.  She also enjoys family boardgame nights, cooking and learning to grow different vegetables in the garden.

Areas of Focus
  • Children with motor, sensory function and self-regulation difficulties that interfere with functioning and independence in self-care (e.g. dressing, mealtimes), leisure activities/play and school 
  • Parent/caregiver education and capacity building
  • Building independence with life skills, and self-regulation skills in teens and young adults
Training
  • Responsive Feeding and Therapies
  • Trauma Informed Approach to Sensory Processing
  • Informal Dynamic Social Thinking ® Assessment and Core Treatment/ Implemental Social Thinking Vocabulary 
  • Is it Sensory or Behaviour?
  • How to Make Friends and Manage Feelings for those with ASD
  • Social StoriesTM and Comic Strip Conversations, Carol Gray
  • Up and Down the Worry Hill: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety in Youth
  • “The Explosive Child”
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Sensory Tool Kit
  • Sensory Processing: A Solid Foundation of Knowledge for Effective Practice
  • Autism Certification Centre Foundations of Evidence-Based Strategies: Toddler and Preschool age
Professional Associations
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), 2007-present
  • Saskatchewan Society for Occupational Therapists (SSOT), August 2019-present
  • Saskatchewan Registered Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Provider
What is Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapist (OT) is a health professional that helps enable people of all ages assume or resume the skills needed for the job of living. These day to day activities are what occupies your time such as social activities, taking care of yourself (e.g. getting dressed, brushing your teeth), and taking care of your home. Meaningful occupations vary with age, abilities, interests and responsibilities. OTs will work with you to identify barriers and achieve your occupational goals in your everyday life.

OT for Children

Children’s occupations include taking care of themselves (e.g. dressing, eating, toileting, washing hands), play (e.g. playing with toys or playing with others), and school activities (e.g. using a crayon/pencil, drawing, printing). At the SLN, a multi-sensory play-based approach is used to help children build skills and abilities. Some of the most common areas that occupational therapists support children with to enhance their independence and success with their everyday activities include:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Visual-perceptual skills: ability to make sense of what the eyes see
  • Motor Planning: how a child plans and carries out movement
  • Sensory processing:  is how the nervous system receives sensory information from our body senses and the environment and takes it to our brain to process it and tell us what it means. We have 5 familiar senses of sight, taste, smell, touch and sound. Our 3 less familiar senses are our sense of movement and balance (vestibular), body awareness (proprioception) and interoception (internal sensors that provide a sense of what our internal organs are feeling such as when we are hungry, thirsty, cold/hold or need to use the bathroom). We all have sensory preferences and what feels ‘just right’ is different for every person. For example, some people prefer things quiet, while others prefer some background noise. Our preferences at the time may depend on what we are doing. Children and youth with sensory processing issues have trouble interpreting sensory information from their senses (their brains mis-reads or distorts the information). As result, their reactions to sensations may be too strong or not strong enough. They may struggle with self-regulation and have motor problems.
  • Self-regulation: ability to manage stresses we face in our day to day lives. Children with difficulties with self-regulation often struggle to find and maintain the ‘just right’ level of alertness to match the task. Difficulties with self-regulation may be seen as excessive meltdowns, large reactions to small problems, difficulties with attention. For children with differences in sensory processing, the process for self-regulation can be much more difficult.

Julia Hafford Occupational Therapist
Brennan Sissons Admin Assistant at SLN

Brennan Sisson

Administrative Assistant

 

Brennan Sisson is the Speech Language Network’s awesome new Administrative Assistant and we love having him around. As a new graduate from Walter Murray Collegiate he brings with him a lot of energy, enthusiasm for learning new skills and a knack for keeping everything incredibly clean! Brennan is also responsible for supporting our SLP’s with specialized material preparation work, sending out emails, learning our various software programs and everything in between! When he is not at work, he enjoys working on his photography and photoshop skills, spending time with his friends or watching a good movie.