Active Communication Therapy

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About Us

TANIS FRIESEN, Reg. CASLPO 
Speech Language Pathologist

JULIE VILLENEUVE, Reg. CASLPO
Speech Language Pathologist

MARJORIE BUTTON, Reg. CASLPO
Speech Language Pathologist


Tanis is the founder of Active Communication Therapy. She received her degree in Speech Language Pathology from Minot State University and an undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Winnipeg. She has been practicing for years in a variety of settings; including hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, and private practice. Tanis has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of children with difficulties in social communication, receptive & expressive language, phonological awareness/early literacy, articulation, and selective mutism within a range of populations (i.e. Autism, Down Syndrome, A.D.H.D., Anxiety Disorder, Developmental Delay, Learning Disabilities, etc.). This includes individualized program planning, conducting individual and group therapy sessions, development and use of low-tech Augmentative Communication Systems, supervising Communicative Disorders Assistants, and providing guidance/support to the families and caregivers. Tanis has a passion for utilizing her skills to help optimize a child's communicative ability across all aspects of his/her life. 












Julie completed her degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Ottawa. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Linguistics from the same university. She joined Active Communication Therapy in 2005 and has worked in various settings offering speech-language pathology services in both French and English. She has experience working with children who present with speech (articulation/phonology, voice, fluency) and/or language (receptive and expressive language) delays, disorders, phonological awareness, social communication difficulties, and selective mutism. She is certified to provide Hanen Parent Training Programs for families (It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word), Lidcombe (fluency training program for preschool children), and "Dynamique Naturelle de la Parole" (level A and B).















Marjorie has over 35 years of experience, servicing clients in the Ottawa Valley region. She received her degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University in New York State. Since then she has worked in a variety of team settings, to support the communication needs of children and youth with a range of behavioural, learning, developmental and/or physical disabilities. She is certified to provide Hanen Parent Training Programs for families of children with developmental delays and with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also an experienced authorizer with the Assistive Devices Program in Ontario, which supports families to access augmentative communication equipment for individuals who are not able to communicate with speech. 

MELISSA REED, Reg. CASLPO
Speech Language Pathologist

         SERENE BAYONA, Reg. CDAAC
       Communicative Disorders Assistant

       CARLEY BRADLEY, Reg. CDAAC
      Communicative Disorders Assistant


KAROLINE DROZD, Reg. CDAAC
Communicative Disorders Assistant   


Melissa attended McGill University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics in 2012 and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. She has worked with early intervention completing assessment and treatment in children’s homes, preschools and at specialized playgroups. She has experience supporting children with their verbal and non-verbal language, interaction and play skills, speech (articulation), fluency (stuttering), voice, pragmatic (social), and pre-reading/ reading skills. 

Melissa also leads Conversation Groups working on social skills and building peer relationships with those who have social language deficits. She has a vast amount of experience supporting various populations, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delays. She is certified in Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk, More than Words and Target Word), Social Thinking, Reference and Regulate and Lidcombe. Melissa is rewarded in seeing so many successes through family collaboration; she listens to each families’ concerns and individualizes therapy accordingly.  Melissa’s enthusiasm for the children is abundant and her passion in helping children reach their full potential is clear. 










Serene is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. She has received her graduate certification as a Communicative Disorders Assistant at St. Lawrence and is a registered CDAAC member. She has worked with toddlers and school-aged children with a variety of speech, language and reading/literacy difficulties. As well, Serene has a background in the implementation of Applied Behaviour Analysis strategies with children diagnosed with autism. She also has experience assisting in the hearing and language rehabilitation of children with cochlear implants through Audio-Verbal therapy in close collaboration with Audiologists and AVT therapists. She values opportunities to assist children and adolescents with social communication challenges such as making and maintaining friendships and augmenting their understanding and regulation of their emotions. Serene is very passionate about continuing her education and development as a professional in the future.










Carley is a graduate of Carleton University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science, with a specialization in language and linguistic studies. She has received her graduate certification as a Communicative Disorders Assistant at St. Lawrence College and is a registered CDAAC member. She has worked with toddlers and school-aged children with a variety of speech and language needs including early language development, articulation and grammar challenges, and social language difficulties. Carley has experience working with children in both Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome populations. She is a level 1 trained provider of Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and has experience working with children who use augmented or alternative communication systems as their primary method of communication. Carley is devoted to constantly learning and growing as a clinician to provide the best possible family-centred care.










Karoline graduated with Distinction from the St. Lawrence College Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) Post-Graduate Certificate Program. Prior to that, she completed her Undergraduate degree at Western University, studying Psychology and Linguistics.During her studies, Karoline worked in the Early Childhood Education setting and has extensive experience implementing childcare programs in a warm, nurturing learning environment with a consistently positive approach.

She worked at Children’s Treatment Centres, where she collaborated with interdisciplinary teams of S-LPs, OTs, and PTs. Karoline developed high and low tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) profiles, using Proloquo2Go, Snap Plus Core, and LAMP Words for Life programs, and implemented PECS stages for pediatric clients of all ages with complex communication needs.

She provides virtual and in person therapy for clients while practicing a family-centred approach. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with clients with speech, language and/or social communication concerns, often in the context of additional diagnoses, such as ASD, Cleft Lip and Palate, Down’s Syndrome, FASD and Rett Syndrome.

Karoline creates fun and engaging virtual and in-person activities to work on articulation goals, social communication, and communication strategies for parents with their children. She is a vibrant, creative, and genuine individual driven to help her clients achieve their goals.