Our Therapists

Jill McDermid

M.S., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner & Clinical Director

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Jill obtained a Bachelor of Health Science degree (double major: Health Science and Linguistics) at the University of Western Ontario before completing the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program at Georgian College.  After working as a CDA for several years, Jill moved to Chicago, Illinois to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech Language and Learning (concentration: Speech-Language Pathology) from Northwestern University.  While in Chicago, Jill developed clinical skills providing SLP services to infants and preschool-aged children at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, school-aged children within the Evanston, Illinois school district, and adults at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

 

Jill has experience evaluating and facilitating the development of a wide range of speech and language skills including speech sounds, receptive and expressive language, literacy, social communication, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, feeding/swallowing, and accent modification. She has additional training in PROMPT (Introduction to PROMPT: Technique) and is certified in Hanen's More Than WordsIt Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, and Talkability.

 

Jill is excited to live and work in her home community of Aurora.  In addition to practicing Speech-Language Pathology at Aurora Speech Clinic, Jill also provides communication and swallowing assessment and treatment at hospitals in York Region.  Jill is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Stephanie Zawalicz

MHSc., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner & Clinical Director

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Stephanie obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at McMaster University before completing her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.  After graduating from U of T, Stephanie provided cognitive-communication intervention in the community to clients with acquired brain injuries before working in a private pediatric practice and with the Durham Preschool Speech and Language Program.

 

After working in Ontario for several years, Stephanie moved to the US, first to San Francisco, California and then Austin, Texas, where she continued to develop her clinical skills in several pediatric speech-language clinics. Stephanie moved back to the GTA to be closer to her family and is excited to blend the therapy approaches she has learned in Canada and the US to make a difference in the community where she grew up!

 

 Stephanie is passionate about continuing education; her additional training includes: Introduction to PROMPT, PROMPT Bridging, Hanen’s More Than Words, Talkability, It Takes Two to Talk, Introduction to PECS, Lidcombe Program for Early Intervention of Stuttering, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), The Orofacial Rest Posture Program (ORPP) Screening and Preliminary Intervention for Pediatric SLPs, and Cognitive-Communication Disorders: Level 1 and 2. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Zohra Roshanali
M.S., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Zohra is a bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist with a career that stretches to both sides of the Atlantic. Zohra obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Westminster and a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from City University in London (UK).  

After completing her Master’s degree, Zohra worked for the British National Health System providing assessment and therapy to preschool and school aged children. Zohra has experience working with children of all ages and abilities. These include but are not limited to Speech-Language Delay, Learning Disabilities, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Zohra moved to Toronto in 2015 and has worked across various paediatric settings in the GTA. She speaks several languages including French, Gujarati, Urdu and Swahili and loves working with children from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Zohra knows that every child has their unique character, and she enjoys the challenge of finding new ways of engaging with them so that they enjoy the sessions.

Zohra’s continuing education pursuits include Introduction to PROMPT, More Than Words, Evaluation and Intervention Practices for Children who Stutter, Lidcombe Program, Fluency Plus: A Comprehensive Program for School Age Children and Teens Who StutterIntroduction to the Early Start Denver Model and Oral Placement Therapy. She is Registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Sarah Watson
MClSc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Sarah attended the University of Western Ontario to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree (honours specialization in Psychology) followed by her Master of Clinical Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, Sarah ventured approximately 20 hours north of Toronto to gain work experience in Sioux Lookout Ontario. There, she was able to expand her cultural and clinical experiences seeing both inpatients and outpatients at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (a hospital that provides service to Sioux Lookout and surrounding areas, including the communities north of Sioux Lookout). Sarah also gained work experience in long term care and at the local schools.

 

Sarah has experience evaluating and facilitating the development of a wide range of speech and language skills including speech sounds in children with cleft lip and palate, receptive and expressive language, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, augmentative and alternative communication, adult swallowing disorders, and accent modification. She has additional training in Lee Silverman Voice Treatments (LSVT LOUD), Best Practice in the Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Oropharyngeal Dsyphagia, the Assistive Devices Program, Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk, and Hanen's More Than Words. Sarah is also a musician who is keen to incorporate music into her therapy sessions whenever suitable!

 

Sarah is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Jessica Bristol
MHSc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Jessica graduated with a Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto in 2008 after completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree at McMaster University, where she also minored in Psychology. 

 

Jessica is an experienced medical speech-language pathologist with a special interest in acquired brain injury. She has provided assessment, treatment and consultative services for adults with communication and swallowing disorders in acute care, inpatient and outpatient neurological rehabilitation, and community settings across the GTA. She is passionate about the functional and evidence-based treatment of cognitive-communication disorders, including post-concussion, and her clients' successful return to work, school and play. 

 

Jessica has recently transitioned from hospital to Aurora Speech Clinic to provide assessment and treatment services for both children and adults with developmental or acquired communication and swallowing disorders. 

 

For many years, Jessica has provided clinical education for graduate students from U of T, McMaster University, and Western University. She previously held a status appointment as an Instructor from the University of Toronto’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology. Jessica is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and has done extensive continuing education in the fields of neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. 

 

When not with her clients, Jessica enjoys spending time with family and friends. She lives in Aurora, the community in which she grew up, with her husband and three daughters.

Debbie Leung
M.A., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Debbie obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree (double major: Psychology and Experimental Linguistics) from the University of Toronto. During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered at the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program. She then moved to Ohio where she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toledo. 

 

Debbie is passionate about working with toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. She has experience assessing and facilitating the development of a wide range of speech and language skills including speech sound disorders, receptive and expressive language, literacy, fluency, social communication, and augmentative and alternative communication. Debbie is certified in It Takes Two to Talk® - The Hanen Program® and the Lidcombe Program: A Behavioural Intervention for Stuttering in Pre-School Aged Children.

 

​With her experience working in various settings including Ohio and Ontario school systems, a pediatric outpatient clinic, and an acute care hospital, Debbie values and places a high emphasis on collaboration with families and other professionals to create individualized and functional goals to optimize client success. 

 

Debbie is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). 

Debbie speaks English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Maytal Cuperfain
MHSc., SLP-C Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Maytal is a passionate Speech-Language Pathologist who is committed to helping others achieve their communication goals. She has experience working with children ranging from preschool to grade school in a variety of capacities in the community. Maytal conducts formal and informal assessment and enjoys finding creative ways to make therapy fun and engaging.

Maytal obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (honours) at York University and completed her Master of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.Maytal is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Denise Lee
MHSc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Denise obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology Neuroscience & Behavior, specializing in Music Cognition at McMaster University. She then obtained her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).


Denise has experience providing family-centered assessment and intervention in the areas of cognitive communication disorders, articulation, developmental language, play and social skills, and motor speech disorders to children from ages 0-18. Additionally, she has worked with the adult population in both acute care and rehabilitation hospital settings, providing assessment and intervention to individuals recovering from brain injury and stroke.

Denise speaks English and conversational Cantonese.

Nichole Summerfield
M.A SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Nichole graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honours in 2007. Throughout her undergraduate, she volunteered with the Windsor-Essex County Preschool Speech and Language Program, Talk 2 Me, where she developed a passion for early language intervention. She completed a post-bachelor program at Wayne State University and graduated with a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010. After graduating, Nichole moved up to Sault Ste. Marie, ON to start her career with the Children’s Treatment Center. With this position, she provided speech and language services on a multi-disciplinary team for children and youth between the ages of birth to 18 years of age with a wide range of communicative needs. She also travelled to surrounding areas to provide speech and language services including Espanola and Elliot Lake, ON. Nichole moved back home in 2011, where she was a Speech-Language Pathologist for Children First, a local preschool program providing in-home visits to children and families with developmental and mental health needs. In 2013, Nichole was recruited by Talk 2 Me to work alongside the colleagues she had once volunteered with, now as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She supported families and children in the community with speech and language assessments, treatment, and consultation.  Nichole provided family-centered intervention with the Talk 2 Me Preschool program for almost 10 years, until recently, when an opportunity was offered to expand her clinical skills and knowledge to school based services. 

 

Nichole has a wide range of early language intervention Hanen certifications, including It Takes Two to Talk®, More Than Words®, Target Word®, TalkAbility®, 4 I’S to Socialize®, as well as Introduction and Bridging to PROMPT Technique.

Nichole is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Claire Bar
MClSc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Claire obtained a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from McMaster University, followed by a Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Western University. She has a wide range of experience working with a paediatric population, specifically in the domains of articulation, language development, fluency and motor speech. She is also passionate about dysphagia management and post-stroke care, having gained experience in this discipline through volunteer work at a community-based aphasia clinic. Claire is certified in It Takes Two to Talk® - The Hanen Program®.

 

To ensure that best possible outcomes are achieved, Claire employs a family-centered care approach.  This involves the inclusion of family members in planning, implementation and evaluation of services, providing support for all parties involved in the therapy journey. She strives to make sessions as individualised as possible, encouraging continued interest and engagement.  Claire is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Madeline Lue Tam
MHSc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Madeline obtained a Bachelor of Health Sciences with an Honors Specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered with Family Speech Clinic, Aurora Speech Clinic, March of Dimes Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program, and worked with Autism Ontario Kids. She then went on to complete a French-English bilingual graduate program at the University of Ottawa and graduated with a Master of Health Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Madeline has experience working with children with a wide range of abilities, providing family-centered care in the areas of articulation, developmental language, pre-linguistic communication, and early intervention for feeding and swallowing. She is also passionate about dysphagia, aphasia, and cognitive communication, having worked with the adult population in acute care and rehabilitation settings. She is certified in LSVT Loud® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment). 

Madeline values taking a collaborative approach with clients and their families and is committed to providing quality treatment based on individualized functional goals. 

Madeline speaks English and French.

Kate Clower
M.Sc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Kate obtained her Bachelor of Science with focus on Communication Disorders at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree she went on to complete her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders also at Minnesota State University-Mankato. 

 

Prior to moving back to her home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kate moved to Leduc, Alberta where she worked in both the school-age and pre-school programs where she gained valuable experience working with paediatrics in both a health centre and school setting. 

 

After a year in Alberta, an opportunity at a Children’s Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay was offered to Kate and she moved back to her home town. Since that time, Kate has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist within the treatment centre in the school-age program as well as the Professional Practice Team Leader.  Most recently, Kate has been contracted to the local school board providing language and literacy services to kindergarten children. 

 

Kate has experience working with a wide range of speech and language difficulties and diagnoses including articulation, receptive and expressive language, literacy, fluency, social communication, voice, augmentative and alternative communication, and feeding/swallowing. She has additional training in: Individual Authorizer Certification- (Foundation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication), Picture Exchange Communication System certification, Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) level 1 Technique Training, Assessment and Management of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing, Social skills with Positive Behaviour Supports for students training, Sound Skills, Health Claims for Auto Insurance (HCAI) licensed, Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) licensed.

 

Kate is a registered speech language pathologist (SLP) with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPO) as well as a Lecturer with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).

Megan Van Kannel
MSc(A), SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Megan is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of Speech Pathology & Audiology Canada (SAC). Megan completed her Masters of Applied Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (S-LP) at McGill University in 2021.


Megan was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She attended Lakehead University for her undergraduate studies, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN). She started her career in healthcare as a bedside nurse, where she developed her passion for client-centered care and serving the community where she grew up.


Megan has a wide range of clinical interests, including providing pre-school and early elementary services, as well as neurological rehabilitation in the adult population. In her previous position, Megan worked with a tribal council, where she provided service to multiple fly-in remote communities. From this experience, she gained a better understanding of culturally safe care and the importance of building relationships in order to provide effective service.


Megan strives to be a life-long learner, and she takes opportunities to develop her skills and knowledge from continuing education courses, research and her clients. In her spare time, Megan is sure to enjoy the beauty NWO has to offer through hiking, camping and riding her mountain bike.

Tiffany Wong
MHSc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Tiffany obtained a Master’s of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at McGill University, where she specialized in Linguistics and Psychology.  Tiffany developed clinical skills providing SLP services to infants and pre-school aged children at The Hanen Centre, adolescents at the Hospital for Sick Children, and adults at Toronto Western Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital. 

 

Tiffany has experience in assessment and treatment of a wide range of speech and language areas, including receptive and expressive language, articulation, fluency, social communication, swallowing, voice, resonance, and accent modification.  Tiffany emphasizes a holistic approach and creates an inclusive and collaborative environment for her clients. 

 

As a life-long learner, Tiffany continually pursues post-graduate training to deliver evidence-based care.  She is certified in Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk and the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile. She has also acquired supplemental training in singing voice rehabilitation.  Tiffany is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

 

Tiffany speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and conversational French.

Alana-Rae Saunders

OT Reg.(Ont.), MScOT

Occupational Therapist

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Alana-Rae Saunders has over 10 years of pediatric experience across various practice settings including children’s treatment centres, schools (including preschool and daycare), community and home as a direct service provider, consultant and teacher. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University and is licensed under the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO), the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and New York State.

 

With her experience, she brings compassion, patience, and enthusiasm to the Aurora Speech Clinic community while using a holistic play-based therapeutic approach ​to learning and development. She values the importance of play and believes that every child deserves an opportunity to reach their fullest potential with parents/caregivers being an essential part of the therapeutic process.

 

Alana provides OT services to children ranging from infancy to adolescents with a variety of conditions and concerns including but not limited to developmental delays, autism, sensory processing, ADHD, developmental coordination challenges, fine and gross motor delay, prematurity, and feeding.  

Catalina Oliveros
OT Reg.(Ont.), MScOT

Occupational Therapist

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Catalina is a passionate Occupational Therapist with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University, and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario and have memberships with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. 

Catalina has experience at various children treatment centres and private clinics working with clients ages 0-21 with a variety of complex needs in areas such as fine and gross-motor skills, self-care, play and social skills, sensory difficulties, feeding/picky eating, seating and mobility, and more. She truly enjoys helping children reach their full potential and achieve their goals. 

Catalina is thrilled to bring her creativity, compassion, and use of evidence-based care, to provide effective and successful client-centred solutions to Aurora Speech Clinic. Catalina enjoys sports, meditating, crocheting, spending time in nature, and playing new board games with friends and family. 

Catalina is fluent in English and Spanish.

Melissa Bennett

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

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Melissa obtained a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Biology, from the University of Ottawa. She then went on to complete her graduate certificate as a Communicative Disorders Assistant from Georgian College. With experience at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Family Speech clinic and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, she has worked with adults as well as children of all ages. 

At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Melissa provides treatment for adults who present with communication and swallowing disorders following acquired brain injury and complex medical concerns. She is part of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team whose ultimate goal is to improve quality of life for patients in their care. 

At Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Melissa provides treatment for adults who present with speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders following acquired brain injury, specifically strokes. She is part of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team who provide therapy to inpatients and outpatients, whose goal is to maximize patients’ abilities. 

At Family Speech clinic, Melissa earned experience with therapy related to early communication, language, literacy and articulation. She was also a part of facilitating multiple Social Skills groups for children of varying ages and abilities. Melissa is thrilled to be a part of the team at Aurora Speech Clinic!

Setareh Majlesi

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

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Setareh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Studies (Honours) from Brock University. She then went on to complete a Diploma Program in Early Childhood Education (High Honours). After practicing as an Early Childhood Educator, Setareh decided to continue her studies and complete a Graduate Certificate program for Communicative Disorders at Durham College. 

 

Over the years, Setareh has had a wide range of experiences working with a variety of children from infancy to school age. Throughout her career, she also had the opportunity to educate children around the world in both London, England and Hong Kong. Through these experiences, Setareh gained practical skills working with children with a wide range of diagnoses and abilities. 

Setareh is a registered member of The College of Early Childhood Educators, Communicative Disorders Assistant Association (CDAAC), and she is also registered as a Communication Health Assistant with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC). 

 

She is fluent in both Farsi and English and is excited to join the Aurora Speech team and have the opportunity to work with all the families that are part of our clinic. 

Megan Swim

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

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Megan obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science with an Undergraduate Degree in Child Youth and Family from the University of Guelph, a Graduate Certificate in Speech and Language Sciences from Brock University, as well as her Communicative Disorders Assistant Graduate Certificate from Georgian College. 

 

Megan is well versed in working with children and adults of all skill levels in a variety of settings, including: an academic tutor, swim instructor, and piano teacher. With experience with in-home speech and language therapy, private practice, and the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, Megan has gained experience with providing therapy treatments related to early language, articulation, literacy, and language for children of varying ages and abilities. Megan is very passionate about working with children and their families to reach their individual goals. Megan also has experience providing treatment for adults with developmental disabilities through Sensory Communication Programs and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) programs. 

 

Megan is excited to be part of the team at Aurora Speech Clinic! Megan has loved the move to Aurora and looks forward to providing speech and language therapy to children and their families to support their communication goals.