BLOG: Speaking of WhichSpeech-language pathologists provide their perspective on the challenges and joys of helping children and adults with communication challenges, and raising the bar for professional practice.
REBECCA SIOMRA is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is dedicated to working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Her passion is to guide parents and caregivers in developing new strategies, as well as to become aware of the ones they already have, to help their child’s communication skills progress. Rebecca’s current goal of becoming a certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (AVT) has certainly opened up new opportunities to build skills in this area.
Rebecca’s journey into the world of communication began with her sights on working with adults, but she found an unexpected energy during her initial clinical experiences with preschoolers. For her, working with children and their families in her professional practice reminds her to embrace both the joys and challenges that we face each day. Rebecca currently works for the provincial Infant-Hearing and Preschool Speech and Language programs out of York Region in Ontario. She has recently been involved with a research study in that province focused on developing an evidence-based treatment protocol for preschoolers with motor speech disorders, an area of special interest for her.
Networking with other professionals such as audiologists, teachers, occupational therapists, physicians and early childhood educators guides Rebecca in helping the children she works with to reach their communication potential. She thrives on learning from both the families, and the interdisciplinary teams, that she has the opportunity to work with.
In addition to her current AVT pursuits, she is Hanen-certified in several programs (It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More Than Words, Learning Language and Loving It), which also focus on parent and caregiver coaching. Rebecca has received training in Physically Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).