We are very excited to announce that we've grown again over here at Grow SLP! We've now expanded our team to include our newest therapist, Brooke. Brooke has been joining in on our sessions this week and is demonstrating great connection with the kids and lots of fantastic new energy. We're very excited to have her on board.
Where did you go to school and how long have you been practicing?
I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria and my Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia. While at UBC, I had the opportunity to complete a variety of practicums with both children and adults. I completed my degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the end of August 2021 and have just begun my career as an SLP.
What made you decide to become an SLP?
Learning about child development (especially child language development) during my first degree got me very interested in the field of speech-language pathology. After graduating from my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to work with a variety of children and adults with speech and language difficulties. These experiences solidified my desire to return to school and become an SLP!
What is your favorite thing to work on in therapy?
My favourite thing to work on during therapy is anything that can be targeted through play or shared book reading activities!
What is your favorite thing about being an SLP?
My favorite thing about being an SLP is getting to work/play with so many amazing kids and their families. There is never a dull moment when you work with children!
What is an area you’d like to learn more about?
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)! am excited to learn more about the different AAC options out there and how to help children and their families find which AAC strategies/systems suit them best. I’m also keen to learn more about literacy and narrative skills – especially how best to support children that have difficulties in these areas.
What do you like to do when you aren’t helping kids improve their communication skills?
If it’s not raining too hard, you will probably find me on my bike! I love exploring the city on my bike (usually ending up at a coffee shop or the ocean) and I also love riding the awesome mountain bike trails found all over the lower mainland!
Carla Monteleone & Deborah Carter own and operate Grow Speech and Language Therapy in Vancouver, BC