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Speech Language Therapy

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Talk Tips are a collection of helpful resources posted by our team of SLPs.  New items are posted regularly.  Let us know if you find these useful or have a request for future items.  Click on the speech bubbles to see the SLP resources.

Meet our Speech Language Pathologists:

Rhonda Shultz-Nataucappo

Rhonda arrives to SWCSS with 25 years of experience as an SLP.  She has worked and lived in four provinces including: rural New Brunswick and a remote Northern Saskatchewan First Nations community.  She has provided support for preschool and school-age populations in a variety of settings including a private school for children with complex diagnoses and within two provincial health care systems.  Rhonda considers herself a “Jane of All Trades” in SLP and yet prides herself in her willingness to take on challenges and puzzles, interest in different cultures and language, building  programs and working with others to build multidisciplinary knowledge.   

Serving: W.A. Day, Fort MacLeod, R.I. Baker and Kate Andrews, Coaldale, Coalhurst Elementary, and Magrath Elementary.
Call/Text: coming soon

Jaelyn Belisle

Jaelyn joins the SWCSS team after working at AHS Children’s Allied Health and serving students throughout southwest Alberta since 2009. Helping children access communication and communicate to the best of their abilities is Jaelyn’s passion. Simply put, she loves her work! Jaelyn has been supporting Horizon School Division students for the past several years building strong working relationships with families, students, teachers and administrators. Outside of work, Jaelyn enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, camping and hiking.

Serving: Horizon School Division
Call/Text: 403.915.8206

Kendra Tait

Kendra also joins the SWCSS team after working with AHS Children’s Allied Health since 2015. While at AHS, Kendra supported school aged children from a variety of rural communities. In 2018, Kendra was selected as one of two local SLPs to attend intensive training for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Once trained, she in turn provided mentorship to peers and facilitated education sessions for local learning teams. Kendra seeks to blend evidence-based therapy with team collaboration to support student achievement. Students will benefit from her creativity, love for learning, inquisitive nature.

Serving: Westwind and Independent Schools
Email: kendra@swrcsd
Call/Text: 587.370.0997

Whitney (Heil) Baraniuk

Whitney worked with both pre-school and school-aged children as part of the AHS Children’s Allied Health team prior to joining SWCSS.  Whitney has connected with Speech-Language Assistants, Early Learning Educators, and Kindergarten classrooms across the southwest region in support of students on her caseload.  Through her work she has provided assessment and treatment for a variety of impairments providing her with opportunities to practice and refine her skills in assessment, problem solving, planning, goal-setting, and listening.  Whitney has implemented Hanen programs  Target Word and It Takes Two to Talk.

Serving: Palliser and Livingstone Range School Divisions
Call/Text: 587.370.0989

What is speech-language therapy?

Good communication skills lead to successful speaking, thinking, reading, writing, and learning.  Speech Language Therapists work with school children who have communication challenges that affect success in:

  • Classroom activities
  • Social Interactions
  • Literacy
  • Learning

Speech Language Therapists work with children in a variety of ways:

  • Combine communication goals with school routines and academic programming and social goals
  • Individual work on specific skills such as specific letter sounds
  • In class programming (ex. teaching social skills)
  • Group work
  • In collaboration with other team members
  • SLPs – who we are and what we do – click the link learn more about the role of Speech Language Therapists.

Some examples of when to make a referral to a Speech Language Pathologist include:

  • Difficulty saying words (ex. houth for house and wadder for ladder)
  • If your child has difficulty understanding others and following directions.
  • Difficulty expressing thoughts and ideas.
  • Difficulty communicating with others both verbally and non-verbally (poor social skills).
  • Stuttering