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Cassie Tam

MSc., RSLP, SLP(C)

During my second year at the University of British Columbia, I began my journey to becoming an SLP when I started work as a behavioural interventionist with two children with Autism in Vancouver. With this new passion of working with children with special needs, I pursued my graduate degree in Alberta. Since then, I have worked extensively with children with a variety of complex communication needs in one-to-one and group therapy settings. I believe that children learn best when their caregivers are empowered to support their communication needs.

Experience

I have worked with children with a variety of needs: 
  • Developmental Language Delay/Disorder (i.e., expressive/receptive)

  • Speech Sound Delay/Disorder (i.e., articulation/phonology)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Alternative & Augmentative Communication

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder

  • Language-Based Learning Difficulties 

    • Reading​

    • Writing 

    • Spelling

  • Genetic Syndromes/Conditions

    • Down Syndrome

    • Genetic Mutations

  • Prelinguistic & Paralinguistic skills

  • Feeding

    • Picky Eating​

    • Chewing

    • Swallowing

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Stroke

  • Accent Modification

  • Stuttering

  • Voice

Professional Development

PROMPT trained

A tactile-kinesthetic (touch & feel) approach where a child is physically prompted so that their jaw, lips and/or tongue can be guided to correctly form speech sounds.
 

Feed the Peds: The Foundations of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

A comprehensive course that covered assessment, treatment, and issues (e.g., tethered oral tissues, myofunctional disorders, medical complications) related to feeding/swallowing.

 

Autism Navigator - JumpStart to Coaching in Everyday Activities

Interprofessional training in social communication milestones, early signs of autism, and evidence-based strategies to support families with toddlers with autism. 

The Play Project - Two Day Intensive Workshop

Play-therapy techniques to improve language, social skills, behaviour, development, and play skills of children with autism

Hanen - It Takes Two to Talk

This parent coaching program is designed for children between 0-5 years of age who have delays with expressive (talking) language. This program empowers parents to use strategies supported by science to help their children learn to communicate. 

Education

University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Arts - Speech Sciences
 

University of Alberta

Master of Science - Speech-Language Pathology

Languages

English & Cantonese