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!”
BA Psychology, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, 2015
MSc Speech-Language Pathology, University of Alberta, 2017
Memberships and Certifications:
Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
Basic Life Support Provider
Pre-School Aged Children Who Stutter: A Focus on Assessment and an Indirect Treatment Approach – Brooke Leiman (SpeechPathology.com)
Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Alberta Health Services
Person-Centred Practice Using HealthChange Methodology – Alberta Health Services
Developmental Language Disorders: What Exactly Are We Talking About? – Surrey School District
Bilingualism - to be, or not to be, that is NOT the question: Clinical implications for children with language delay – Surrey School District