About The Team
I was born and raised in rural Newfoundland. For anyone who has travelled there (and even for those who haven’t) it’s arguably the friendliest place on Earth. Additionally, I grew up with two parents who have a nack for conversation. With these two things in mind, I grew up as a “chatty” Kathy and this is where my love for communication all began. It wasn’t long before I found out that there was a whole profession dedicated to it and I made it my mission to become a Speech Language Pathologist.
After completing my masters program at Western University, I began my career in northern Ontario servicing preschool, school-aged and adult populations in rural and remote communities. I worked with professionals as part of an interdisciplinary team such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, early interventionists and therapeutic assistants with children with complex communication needs.
Kathy Simon, Owner of Simon Says Speech Inc. and RSLP, MClSc. Speech Language Pathology
We often would service remote indigenous communities around various regions of northern Ontario. This experience humbled me, helped enrich my own indigenous roots, and grounded me in a family- centered approach. It really showed me the many barriers that families face daily and it shifted my practice from: what is the best intervention possible to what is the best intervention to suit this family.
I laid roots in Edmonton in order to continue my professional growth. I worked in the education system with preschool aged children accessing Program Unit Funding and as a member of the AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) team. For children who have complex communication needs, the use of a communication device can be so powerful for them. Helping families explore this opportunity to discover their child’s voice is the most rewarding part of being a Speech Language Pathologist and what motivates me to be a strong advocate for my families.
Simon Says Speech Inc. encompasses everything that I am: fun, friendly, and family-centered. Establishing a connection with the families I work with allows me to be the best supporter possible. My mission is to provide quality intervention and be a strong advocate for your family- here in Edmonton and across Alberta!
Growing up in a busy bilingual, bicultural household shaped my perception of language and communication from an early age. Family conversations switched back and forth between English and Turkish and I learned quickly that language is more than just words--that it encompasses tone, volume, gesture, facial expression and much more.
In school, I became fascinated with studying the development of language and communication. I completed a Master's degree in Linguistics specializing in child language development with a particular focus on bilingual children. I went on to work in the area of Addiction and Mental Health research, helping to evaluate and improve delivery of frontline services across Alberta.
Yasemin Tulpar, RSLP, MSc Speech Language Pathology
I learned about supporting vulnerable populations and met wonderful people, but I missed working with children. This led me to the field of Speech Language Pathology. During my Master's degree, I worked for Edmonton Public Schools, in long term care facilities around Edmonton, and with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Australia. Upon graduating, I joined Edmonton Catholic Schools multidisciplinary team where I supported children in early learning classrooms around the city.
I have worked with children and families from a variety of backgrounds with diverse communication needs. I am passionate about helping children grow their communication skills in a fun, safe environment, while offering parents the skills and knowledge to help their children at home.
Torie Church, RSLP, MSc Speech Language Pathology
I am a passionate speech-language pathologist from Kelowna, BC, who has set down roots in Edmonton. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UBC Okanagan and obtained my Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Alberta.
Growing up with a kindergarten teacher as a mother, I had always been aware of the role of a speech-language pathologist, but it wasn’t until I began my Bachelor’s degree that I discovered my fascination with all things to do with language, culture, and the brain. I began shadowing speech pathologists in the community, and I knew it was the career for me!
Since graduating with my master’s degree, I’ve been fortunate to gain diverse clinical experiences. In my first job, I supported children from kindergarten to grade 7 in a busy school district in the Lower Mainland, BC. The children I worked with came from a huge variety of cultural backgrounds, and I grew adept at working with interpreters and teasing apart whether a child had a true communication disorder, or simply hadn’t gained much exposure to English. Due to this experience, I strongly believe in respecting and preserving communication differences.
After that, I moved to Edmonton and spent time supporting children from birth to 10 in a community health setting. In this role, I was able to work with parents, teaching them ways to support their children so their progress could continue when they left the therapy room. I was blown away by the amazing gains children can make when families are involved and communication skills are practiced consistently.
Family-centred practice is at the heart of everything I do. I strive to meet families where they’re at to provide the support they need in that moment, all while keeping sessions fun and engaging for kids. Empowered families build strong communication skills!”
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