Our Team

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 – M.Sc. M.H.Sc.

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.

Contact Deb here.

Laura Booth – BSc., MHSc., S-LP(C) [CURRENTLY ON LEAVE]

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.

Contact Laura here.

Deveney D’Souza – MSpPathSt

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Deveney received her Master of Speech Pathology Studies degree from The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Guelph is home, and she’s excited to be back in the community she grew up in! Deveney has a wide range of experience working with children and adults, including clients with early speech and language delays, articulation, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), literacy difficulties, aphasia, and brain injury. Her interest areas include literacy, language development, AAC, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Deveney combines a creative and friendly approach, with a focus on evidence based practice, to provide quality, family centred-service that engages her clients and creates meaningful improvements in their lives.

If you have any questions, come talk to her! Deveney has experience in the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” program for early language delay, and in the “Picture Exchange Communication System” (PECS) for children with ASD.

Contact Deveney here.

Saima Latif, M.S., S-LP(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Saima Latif is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a Masters degree from Clarion University. She has been working with children with special needs ages 2-18 for over a decade.

Her specialities are in working with clients with ADHD, Down syndrome, Global Development delay, Cerebral Palsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Saima’s areas of expertise are muscle-based oral motor difficulties impacting articulation, phonology, literacy, and social language.

She follows an eclectic approach to therapy – drawing from a variety of specialized training, including Oral Placement Disorders (Level 2), Myofunctional Disorders, Hanen certified for It Takes Two to Talk®, Cued Articulation, Social Thinking®, the Lidcombe program, and Applied Behaviour Analysis to name a few. She is also trained in PROMPT (introduction and bridging) and Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for the treatment of Apraxia.

Saima uses a multi-sensory approach and adapts her therapy sessions to her clients’ unique learning style. She optimizes learning by using preferred toys/activities as reinforcement, sensory bins and movement breaks. This allows clients to be excited about learning in various contexts and has a better likelihood of achieving their goals.

Saima believes in client and family-centred therapy.  It brings her immense joy to individualize therapy as per her clients’ interests through fun and creative activities, which results in better outcomes.

Contact Saima here.

Nicole Bauman, M.Sc.

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Nicole received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from McMaster University in 2020 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster.  Nicole started volunteering at Let’s Talk Guelph a number of years ago, during her undergrad, and completed her final Speech-Language Pathology placement here, so she is very excited to officially be working here as an SLP! 

Nicole has a wide variety of experience in child and adult communication disorders, but has a particular interest in literacy, language development, and speech sound disorders.  Nicole takes an evidence-based, client-centred approach and looks forward to working with families to help their children make meaningful changes in their communication.  Nicole is trained to provide literacy intervention that follows the “I Just Want to Read!” programme and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy offered at Let’s Talk Guelph.

Contact Nicole here.

Maddy Brûlé –M.Sc., B.Sc.

Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Maddy received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from McMaster University in 2020 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Queen’s University.  She grew up in the Ottawa area but is now excited to be living and working in Guelph!   Maddy has experience working with both children and adults with communication disorders, with special interest in articulation, literacy, language development, and brain injury.

Maddy is trained to provide literacy intervention in the “I Just Want to Read!” programme.

Contact Maddy here.

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 – these days – with children, it’s more likely to be Mo Willems than Mark Twain…

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