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, 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

Rebecca Summers, Reg. CDAAC
Communicative Disorders Assistant

Emma Bornheimer,
Volunteer

Madi Carty,
Volunteer





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. After graduating, she worked for an early intervention agency and completed assessments and treatment in the 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. 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.












Rebecca is a graduate from Carleton University with a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics. She is a graduate of the Communicative Disorders Assistant Program at St. Lawrence College. Shortly after graduating Rebecca joined the Active Communication Therapy team. Rebecca has also worked for school boards, preschool programs, and as part of rehab team in a hospital. Rebecca values working with families on goals that are meaningful to them. She has experience working with preschool children in the early stages of exploring a diagnosis, social communication, play and building language. Rebecca has worked with children in the school and home on a variety of speech and language goals, AAC, literacy, and many more. Rebecca loves professional development, she has taken a variety of Hanen courses (Parent Coaching, Literacy, Social Communication in Autism, etc.) and a variety of online courses. Rebecca looks forward to continuing to grow as a CDA with staying up to date with the latest research on speech and language skills in order to assist her clients the best she can.
















Emma is a current undergraduate student at Carleton University in Linguistics, with a specialization in Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders and a minor in ASL. She is a participant in Carleton’s pilot SLP Practicum program. In the future she hopes to attend a graduate program in Speech Language Pathology. She is happy to participate in this enriching experience of being a part of the Active Communication Therapy team.
























Madi is a current undergraduate student at Carleton University in Cognitive Science, with a specialization in Linguistics. In the future she hopes to pursue a graduate program in Speech Language Pathology. She is excited to be volunteering as a member of the Active Communication Therapy team.