Karen Matthews

Position: PLAY Project Consultant and Communicative Disorders Assistant
Categories: PLAY Project, Speech-Language Therapy

Karen has experience working with children and individuals with various speech and language disorders. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Cognitive Science of Language, and Sociology from McMaster University, as well as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) Graduate Certificate from St. Lawrence College.

Karen has had the opportunity to work with The University Health Network in their Adult Alternative and Augmentative Communication clinic. She worked as an Educator-therapist implementing ESDM therapy for young children for three years, before transitioning to ACT. As a PLAY Consultant, she supports parents and caregivers to develop joyous, meaningful engagement with their child. She continues to expand her skill set by supporting children as an Occupational Therapist Assistant. Karen speaks English and Spanish and loves dogs. She owns a two-year-old trouble-making German Shepherd.

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ice cream

What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas

Are you a morning person or a night-owl?

Morning person

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Karen Matthews

PLAY Project Consultant and Communicative Disorders Assistant

Karen has experience working with children and individuals with various speech and language disorders. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Cognitive Science of Language, and...

Karoline Drozd, Reg. CDAAC

Position: Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)
Categories: Entry to School

Karoline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics from Western University as well as a CDA Graduate Certificate from St. Lawrence College.

Karoline loves working with children, especially fostering meaningful connections and helping them realize their own potential. Karoline has worked as an Early Childhood Educator supply for over six years, implementing Ontario’s “How Does Learning Happen” Pedagogy. She has worked in multiple Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario, as a CDA with children and youth with speech, language and/or social communication concerns, often in the context of an additional diagnosis such as ASD, Cerebral Palsy, FASD, Down Syndrome, or Rett Syndrome. More recently, she has worked in private practice, where she provided 1:1 speech therapy to clients of all ages and abilities in Ottawa. During Karoline’s career as a CDA, she has worked on client goals ranging from Early Language Development, AAC, Social Communication Strategies, Fluency Strategies, Articulation, and Literacy skills.

“I jumped at the opportunity to work in a clinical multidisciplinary setting, as well as be part of the first cohort of the ETS program! Working with clinicians and professionals in their respective fields is such a great environment for our clients, who receive the best clinical care from an amazing team that strives to meet clients at their level and help them achieve their own goals!”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Greece and Croatia

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Holiday turkey dinner

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl

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Karoline Drozd, Reg. CDAAC

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

Karoline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics from Western University as well as a CDA Graduate Certificate from St. Lawrence College. Karoline...

Kathleen Simpson

Position: PLAY Consultant
Categories: PLAY Project

Kathleen holds an Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma from Algonquin College. She has experience working with children in a variety of different environments. In her spare time, Kathleen loves baking and spending time hiking or doing something active with friends.

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Stirfry

What’s your favourite holiday?
Thanksgiving

Are you a morning person or a night-owl?
Morning person

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Kathleen Simpson

PLAY Consultant

Kathleen holds an Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma from Algonquin College. She has experience working with children in a variety of different environments....

Kathryn Paul (Kat)

Position: Behavioural Therapist
Categories: Entry to School

Kat has worked with children of all ages for over a decade and currently specializes in the field of ABA. Kat holds a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Psychology from Carleton University. She is currently working towards a Master of Special Education – Applied Behavioural Analysis from Arizona State University (online). Kat is currently working towards becoming a BCBA.

“I chose ACT because I have heard nothing but the best about them. I also see ACT and the ETS program as a great opportunity for me to expand my knowledge.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza 😊

What’s your favourite holiday?
Christmas!

Are you a morning person or a night-owl?
Morning person

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Kathryn Paul (Kat)

Behavioural Therapist

Kat has worked with children of all ages for over a decade and currently specializes in the field of ABA. Kat holds a Bachelor of...

Katie Jenkins

Position: Lead Instructor Therapist
Categories: Entry to School

Katie holds a degree from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University) and is certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, she is also looking to pursue a Master of Education in the coming years. Katie began her career working in an ABA clinic providing 1:1 therapy to children diagnosed with ASD. She went on to work as an Education Assistant with OCDSB at a special needs school in Ottawa allowing her to engage with students with different types of skills and disabilities. Katie’s dream is to open up a forest school for kids and adults on the spectrum! She sees the positive impact connecting with nature has on her clients.

“Being a part of the first cohort of the Entry to School program was an opportunity I could not pass up. Working in a multi-disciplinary setting sounded like a great chance for growing my professional skills. This program is unique as it allows me to combine my passion for behaviour intervention while in a more natural setting.”

If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, what would it be?

Chimpanzee

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Baked beans on toast

What’s your favourite holiday?

Halloween

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Katie Jenkins

Lead Instructor Therapist

Katie holds a degree from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University) and is certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, she is also looking to...

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