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(S)peech Language Therapy

BEFORE REFERRING:  CLICK HERE  to view our Referral Process

When you are ready:

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CLICK HERE to access the video from our Fall 2021 Symposium

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


Meet our Speech Language Pathologists:

Dallin Ellingson

Dallin worked with the Edmonton Catholic School District starting in 2018, then began working privately as an FSCD service provider prior to joining the SWCSS team. Dallin enjoys learning and collaborating with school teams and families to help share strategies across environments. Incorporating speech, language, and social strategies into play is something Dallin enjoys doing, as the best way to learn is through play. Dallin is trained in Hanen Learning Language and Loving It and More Than Words programs, which provide additional strategies and support for children that may have more complex communication needs. Outside of the classroom, Dallin enjoys fishing, camping, building, and spending time with his family.

 Serving: Livingston Range School Division and Independent Schools



Call/Text: 587.370.3843

Jenae Dunlop

Jenae has supported students in school districts and Early Learning Programs throughout Southern Alberta and Calgary since 2017. Over the past 2 years, she has also provided private speech services to families in Lethbridge and surrounding areas. Jenae is passionate about supporting students to communicate in functional ways, with confidence. She is a strong believer in the power of play-based learning to promote speech and language skills. Jenae is trained in Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk” and “Learning Language and Loving It”. She is also trained in both the SCERTS Model and Reference and Regulate for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Lidcombe, a program for young children who stutter.

Outside of work, Jenae enjoys time with family, yoga, quilting, and gardening during the warmer months.

Jenae is excited to join the SWCSS team, and looks forward to collaborating with educators and professionals to support students in the Horizon School District.


Email: jenae@swcss.a

Call/Text: 403.915.8206

Kara Prebushewski

Kara joins SWCSS after having worked with preschool and school-aged children at AHS Children’s Allied Health since 2006. She approaches her work from a functional communication perspective. This approach keeps it easy for parents/caregivers to be involved and ensures children are motivated and having fun for optimal treatment outcomes. Kara is passionate about empowering and teaching parents and school-teams how to best help children reach their goals. She prides herself on making meaningful connections with children, families, and other service providers and she thrives on working collaboratively in her role as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Outside of work hours, Kara keeps busy with a house full of boys who keep her active doing activities like biking, hiking, camping, and golfing.

 Serving: Palliser – Vulcan County



Call/Text: 403.795.7320

Kaitee Vegter

Kaitee comes to the SWCSS team after working in both rural and city schools in Southern Alberta and Montana. She holds her Certificate of Clinician Competence (CCC) through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as Certification through Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC). Kaitee enjoys supporting students and families from all different backgrounds to aid them with their communication needs. Her main passions in the field include: augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), early language learners, functional communication approaches, and play based learning. She also has experience working with multicultural and multilingual families and students within the schools, focusing on meaningful connections and collaborative approaches to assessment and intervention. In her free time she enjoys hiking, fishing, travelling and crafting! 

Serving: TBD