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Welcome to Our Clinic

Located in the heart of downtown Alliston, the homelike atmosphere allows client’s the comforts of home with all the clinic needs, to make assessment and treatment professional.



Meet the Team

Amy Van Leeuwen

C. Amy Van Leeuwen, C.D.A, B.A.,M.A., Reg. CASLPO – Speech Language Pathologist

Amy Van Leeuwen, is the owner of Simcoe Speech Clinic and a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Amy completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at Trent University, continued into the Post Graduate Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program at Georgian College, and worked as a CDA before returning to complete her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at Central Michigan University, in 2000. She has worked in the public sector with the Simcoe and York preschool speech programs, Adult rehabilitation programs at RVH and SLRHCC, and also the Autism behavioural team within the York School board, after combining both public and private practice for many years she made the jump to provide more effective, intensive private service to clients, serving the York and Simcoe areas. The Simcoe Speech Clinic is located downtown Alliston, which has been Amy’s hometown since childhood. Amy has been certified in Hanen early language programs, PROMPT, LOUD, ABA and most recently completing PRT certification. She studied in Michigan to be qualified in Fibroendoscopic evaluation of Swallowing (FEEs) as well as additional training in Mental Health First Aid and other crisis prevention training. Amy has strong, positive ties to the community and enjoys working in combination with local daycares, Early ON centres, school staff and Sick Kids hospital. Amy supports the CDA programs at Durham and Georgian College and was a previous faculty member at Georgian College. She is a proud supporter of the local high schools supporting volunteers and coop placements.

Jillian Lavadan

Jillian Lavadan, C.D.A.

Jillian attended Nipissing University for her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Sociology and then continued onto Georgian College for her post graduate certificate as a Communications Disorders Assistant. Jillian has recently moved back to the Simcoe County region to be closer to family. She enjoys spending time outdoors from hiking and kayaking in the warmer months, to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. She has spent most of her time servicing both child and adult populations in Northern Ontario. She has experience providing services in daycares, schools, community hubs,  First Nation Reserves and in peoples’ homes. Jillian has worked with a wide variety of populations providing therapy for articulation, language delays, literacy, ASD, social skills, voice and stuttering, stroke and acquired brain injury. Jillian continuously attends workshops, conferences and courses to stay up to date on the best practices in the field.  She spends the time getting to know her clients so she can individualize her treatment and provide functional therapy for the best results.

Volunteers

Simcoe Speech Clinic is happy to support high school volunteers as well as college and university students looking for additional experience. We provide references and character letters for all your future endeavors and always welcome hands on support with office duties, creating therapy materials, media support and more! If you would like to see first hand how our clinic operates and you are interested in working with children with speech needs, please email our clinic to get additional information – a vulnerable screen will be requested before contact can be made with clients.

What is Speech Pathology?

Also known as Speech therapy, the ability to provide focus on prevention, identification, assessment, and treatment of speech, language, voice, feeding and swallowing disorders, as well as therapy to improve social communication skills, breath support, cognitive communication skills and more.

Ability to understand spoken and written language, convey ideas verbally and in writing, and communicate in social situations

Articulation (pronunciation) and/or motor speech disorders (coordination and motor control for speech)

Ability to use language and social interaction skills appropriately

Reasoning, problem solving, memory, and organization skills required to communicate effectively

Low and high tech devices to communicate when verbal means is ineffective

To improve stuttering and cluttering

To improve vocal quality (e.g. reduce hoarseness), and breath support

Speech pathologists, are needed when students do not acquire reading and writing skills at the same time as their peers. Research has shown that students must have adequate phonological awareness skills if they are to progress with reading and spelling. They must be able to discriminate among sounds, hear the similarity among sounds, identify the first and final sounds in a word, identify short and long vowels, be able to blend sounds to make a word and break words into individual sounds and syllables for spelling and reading. Research indicates that children with a history of speech and or language problems are “at risk” for literacy difficulties.