At Let’s Talk Guelph, we are a team of devoted and highly trained health care professionals, including Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists and Support Care Professionals. We deliver a multidisciplinary approach to providing assessments and treatment for adults & children of all ages, with a wide variety of needs, including:

  • Speech/Phonological delays
  • Receptive and Expressive Language delays (“understanding” and “output”)
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Dysfluency (“stuttering”)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Sensory processing – Fine/Gross Motor delays; Self Care
  • Handwriting/Written Output
  • Reading/Writing delays in school aged children


All of our therapists are licensed professionals.

We offer services at a variety of times convenient for families.

Services are usually covered by private extended health care plans.

We provide structured therapy and a child-friendly environment in “theme-based” therapy rooms.

Our mission is to help your child improve their speech and language skills and academic functioning to the best of their potential.

We are here to help. We will take good care of you.

Deb McKelvey Briggs - M.Sc. M.H.Sc. (C) CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO
Founder of Let's Talk Guelph Clinic
Deb has great experience treating children of all ages, with a variety of communication delays. As the founder of Let's Talk Guelph (formerly Briggs Speech and Language clinic), she has been in full time private practice for over 20 years, helping families and their children reach their communicative potential. She received her first Masters of Science degree in Neuroanatomy from the University of Guelph in conjunction with the Playfair Neuroscience Unit, Toronto Western Hospital, in 1987. Deb holds a Clinical Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She continues to treat children with phonological delays, articulation, receptive and expressive language delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder, using a structured Verbal Behavior approach to therapy. As the creator of the "I Just Want To Read!" reading remediation programme, she continues to change lives and help children achieve academic success.

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Brittany Valeriote - B.A., M.H.Sc. (SLP)

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO
Brittany is a CASLPO registered speech-language pathologist who has been a part of the Briggs Speech and Language Clinic and now, Let's Talk Guelph, since 2012. Brittany performs assessments and delivers individualized therapy to pre-school and school-age children in a variety of areas including articulation, language, voice, fluency, and social communication. As well, Brittany is trained to provide literacy intervention that follows the "I Just Want To Read!" programme offered at Let's Talk Guelph to children of all ages. Brittany also has gained experience assessing and managing speech, language, and voice difficulties in adult populations. Brittany received her Master of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in health and psychology from Queen’s University.

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Carol Peachey-Hill - B. H.Sc., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Occupational Therapist
Carol received her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University in 1990. Carol has experience working with children with motor, sensory processing, regulation, handwriting and written output, perceptual, visual motor integration, self care and learning difficulties. Carol has worked in public and private school classrooms, a children's treatment centre, client's homes, and private occupational therapy clinics. Currently, Carol works at Let's Talk Guelph as a private paediatric occupational therapist. Carol collaborates with Deb McKelvey Briggs (Speech-Language Pathologist) to promote developmentally appropriate writing programs, as well as with Dr. Patrick Quaid (Optometrist) to treat children with visual perceptual difficulties. She is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists, the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. As a breast cancer survivor of nearly nine years, Carol has had the privilege to support other cancer survivors and to speak publically about her personal journey. Other interests include Yoga, reading, playing the piano, walking her dog and watching a good movie with her husband and two daughters.

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Kate Bilyea - B.A., M.S. (SLP) Reg CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO
Kate received her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Queen's University. Kate has provided exceptional services to preschool and elementary aged children and their families to facilitate successful communication in their homes, at school, and in the community. She has practice in the aural rehabilitation of both children and adults with hearing loss and cochlear implants as well as experience providing accent training services to professionals. Kate is a trained provider of the "I Just Want To Read!" literacy intervention programme offered at Let's Talk! Guelph. Kate is committed to continuing education in the form of further specialized training in order to provide the most comprehensive quality of care at a superior level.

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Anthony Wood - M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO
Anthony comes to Let’s Talk Guelph with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University and over 19 years’ experience providing assessment and treatment to the adult population. He has worked primarily in the healthcare/hospital setting, and has a special interest in the areas of voice, swallowing, and the impact of head and neck cancers on swallowing and communication. In addition, Anthony has extensive experience working with professional voice users (e.g., teachers, singers, actors and broadcasters) and has given regular presentations to area school boards on “Vocal Management for the Classroom Teacher.”

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Jo Adlington

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist
Jo brings 22 years of clinical experience to Let's Talk Guelph, having practiced as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Jo has completed the post-graduate study for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy from the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. She is excited to work as part of an expanded multidisciplinary team, ensuring the best possible care for you and your child. Jo received an Associate degree in Health Sciences from Howard College.

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Chris Dunphy - MCISc

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO
Chris received his Master of Clinical Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. He has also pursued study in biological and developmental psychology with an emphasis on the brain and its function in learning and memory. Chris supports clients of all ages in the areas of speech, voice, accent, fluency and child language. His clinical interest is focused on the application of new technologies in Speech-Language Pathology, including ultrasound visual feedback. In his free time, Chris enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his wife, daughter and their dog Olive.

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Laura Booth - BSc., MHSc., S-LP(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO
Laura received her Masters of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Toronto in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph. While she still has strong roots in Toronto, Laura made the move to Guelph in 2013 to pursue her career as an SLP. Her experience working with preschool children with a variety of speech, language, social communication, and pre-literacy needs, provides a great background to support children into their school-aged years. Laura is trained to provide literacy intervention that follows the “I Just Want To Read!” programme offered at Let’s Talk Guelph.

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Ash Burke - BSc.MSc.(C) CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO
With multinational experience working as a SLP in Ireland, the UK and now in Canada, Ash offers a unique perspective on the assessment and intervention of children of all ages with speech, language, communication and learning needs. Ash has extensive experience working with children with speech and language delay/disorder and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also trained to provide literacy intervention that follows the "I Just Want To Read!" programme offered at Let's Talk Guelph to children of all ages. Ash received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and her Master of Science in Language Sciences at University College London, Uk.

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Cassandra McCaig - M.Cl.Sc. Reg. CASLPO

Cassandra received her Master of Clinical Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Western University in London, ON. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Cassandra has experience with a wide range of adult and paediatric clients. She provides speech, language and voice assessment and intervention to adults. She also provides preschool speech and language services through caregiver consultation and direct assessment and intervention. Cassandra is passionate about working with clients and their families to develop functional goals and achieve best possible outcomes!

Cassandra is a registered Individual Authorizer for the Assistive Devices Program and is Hanen Certified in "It Takes Two to Talk" and "Learning Language and Loving It”. She has received specialized training in “The Essential Pause” program for clients who stutter, and in the “Picture Exchange Communication System” (PECS) for clients with AAC needs.

Cassandra is registered with CASLPO, and is a member of SAC.

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Jon Crawford

Clinic Director
Jon brings a varied background to the clinic, including sales management and mediation (the latter of which he has, thankfully, yet to draw upon at Let’s Talk Guelph). He obtained his B.A. in English from the University of Guelph and still loves to read, although with two young children it’s more likely to be Mo Willems than Mark Twain these days.

Jon is happy to help with anything and everything. Contact him here: