About

AAC AND LITERACY OTTAWA

A private speech-language pathology practice dedicated to providing high-quality intervention in order to help children, youth and young adults with special needs achieve their literacy and communication potential.

 

AAC

Refers to “augmentative and alternative communication” which encompasses a variety of techniques and tools (ie. picture communication boards, line drawings, speech-generating devices/SGDs, tangible objects, manual signs, gestures, and finger spelling) to help individuals with little or no verbal speech express thoughts, wants and needs, feelings, and ideas. (Asha Practice Portal)


JOCELYN BARDEN-UNDERHILL, M.S. CCC
SPEECH-LANGAUGE PATHOLOGIST, REG. CASLPO

Jocelyn is a speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of clinical experience in a variety of practice settings (health and education sectors). She has worked extensively in the field of AAC for many years at the Clinic for Augmentative Communication/CHEO (formerly OCTC), collaborating with clients, families, and school/therapy teams to implement evidence based practices and achieve individual goals. She has worked with a wide variety of clients, including those with complex communication needs (ie. physical and/or developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and others). Jocelyn is knowledgeable about a  broad range of AAC strategies, light/low tech options, and high tech speech generating devices (including ipad/apps). She has a deep appreciation of the need for change and flexibility of systems across time, along with practical solutions for communication in everyday life.

Passionate about literacy, Jocelyn derives great pleasure from helping clients of ALL abilities move towards their literacy and communication potential. She has collaborated in literacy related clinical research, presented at conferences, and has attending numerous workshops, courses, and webinars on the topic of literacy. In recent years, her interest has extended to adolescents who struggle with written language (reading and writing), and intervention strategies to assist students at the intermediate and secondary levels.

Jocelyn is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO); a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC); a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA); and an Indivdual Authorizer (IA) with the Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP).


APPROACH

Based on need, Jocelyn can tailor intervention to address functional use of a range of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools, techniques, and strategies for a variety of communicative and social purposes. Family/caregiver collaboration is a key component of intervention. The overall goal is to support the individual and their family, while developing communicative competence for greater participation in life.

Jocelyn offers comprehensive literacy instruction that is interactive, engaging, and focused on meaning. Emergent and/or conventional literacy skill development may address areas such as: alphabet and phonological awareness, sound-letter correspondence, word study or making words, reading comprehension, fluency and writing. Adaptations are made to accommodate  learners’ abilities and needs. Motivation, and experience with success with are recognized as essential for making progress, and are given high priority in the development of treatment plans.

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