Speech & Language

First Words

If you have questions about your child's speech and language development in Junior Kindergarten, reach out to First Words Online or call 613-732-7007 ext 5905

Meet Our Speech and Language Pathologists

Nicola Innes

Nicola Innes is the Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) employed by the RCDSB and has been part of our itinerant staff and Special Education Department team since September 2007. As part of our Special Education team, Nicola covers school based evaluations, consultations, supervision of treatment and goal/program setting, for students with communication issues related to language, mild to moderate speech delays/disorders and specific disorders grades SK-12.. Prior to her time with the RCDSB, Nicola worked for the Champlain LHINs for an extensive period covering pediatric and adult community speech and language needs and feeding and swallowing issues in close liaison with other health professionals in a variety of settings. With over 22 years experience as an SLP and time spent in the UK working with adults with learning disabilities, school based therapy and outreach clinics Nicola brings a wealth of experience to the Special Education Team.

Ann Matthews

Ann joined the Special Education Department team as a Speech and Language Pathologist in January 2021. As a new member of the itinerant staff and special education team, she is involved in the school-based assessment, consultations, supervision of treatment and program setting for students, in Grade SK-12, with communication difficulties relating to language, mild to moderate speech delay and specific speech disorders.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Ann has many years of experience in the field of paediatric speech and language therapy. Her work experience has been within schools for children with special educational needs as well as private practice within mainstream schools. Her own love and enjoyment of language and reading followed her to the Reading and Language Gym, a centre in Cape Town for school-aged children who have challenges with language, reading and spelling. She worked closely with a team of speech pathologists and gained valuable insight and experience in this field. Ann is excited about the new journey ahead with the RCDSB, and hopes to add value to the team.