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Marion Alexander 
 

Registered Speech Language Pathologist

"I strive to provide the most up-to-date and evidence-based therapy for each child I meet!"

About Marion

In 2012, I graduated from the bilingual Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology/Orthophonie at the University of Ottawa.  My first job, as an SLP, was with Firefly Children’s Services in Kenora, Ontario, where I worked with preschool, school-aged and adult populations. In this role, I provided direct and consultative speech and language services to residents of Kenora and also to residents of remote communities in northwestern Ontario. I then moved to the big city of Winnipeg, where I worked as a pediatric SLP for the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities.  I provided services, in English and French languages, to families in downtown Winnipeg as well as in the town of Selkirk, Manitoba. In 2015, I moved to the community of Behchokǫ̀, NWT, where I developed and ran a community-based Speech and Language Program for infants and children, based out of the Community Health Centre in Behchokǫ̀.  While working in Behchokǫ̀, I developed and ran programs at the local daycares and at the Aboriginal Head Start preschool, and I provided annual preschool speech and language screenings at the Health Centre. In 2019, I moved to Edmonton and I worked for the ABC Head Start Program, where I supervised Speech-Language Assistants in supporting the implementation of classroom-based intervention services. I started with Simon Says Inc. in July 2021, and I am thrilled to be working with such a caring, dynamic team of SLPs! 

 

My diverse employment and training opportunities have helped me develop interests specific to  motor-speech disorders (including phonological delays and disorders, apraxia and fluency of speech), orofacial myofunctional disorders, feeding, and providing neurodiverse-affirming practices in speech and language therapy.  I strive to provide the most up-to-date and evidence-based therapy for each child I meet!

I am a speech-language pathologist who loves discovering what motivates my clients and using this information to create fun and engaging sessions. For example, what themes or topics peak this child’s interest? What activities does he or she love to engage in? What does the child consider to be important aspects of his or her developing identity? I also love collaborating with parents and caregivers to develop unique, tailored intervention plans that are realistic, easy to implement, and fun!

 

I grew up in northwestern Ontario and moved to southern Ontario to complete my Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo. I was drawn to the fields of education and rehabilitation sciences, and, after graduating, I worked as an English as a Second Language teacher in Beijing, China.  During my year in China, I helped undergraduate and graduate students improve and gain confidence in their oral English skills. I also ran weekly English Corner meet-up sessions, where students practiced developing their oral English skills outside of the classroom. It was in this role that I began developing a keen interest in Speech-Language Pathology and returned to Canada to further my studies. 

 


Education: 

 

  • Masters of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology / Maîtrise ès sciences de la santé en orthophonieUniversity of Ottawa - Ottawa, Ontario

  • Honours Bachelor of Health Science in Health Studies and Gerontology. University of Waterloo - Waterloo, Ontario 

 

Training    

  • It Takes Two to Talk -- Hanen Program

  • Moe the Mouse Speech and Language Development Program – BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

  • Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT)– PROMPT Institute 

  • Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation – International Association of Orofacial Myology 

  • Oral Placement Therapy, Level One – TalkTools Continuing Education

  • SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, Basic Provider (Level 1) – SOS Approach to Feeding

  • DIRFloortime – Basic Level – Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning, Inc.