I’m Laura MacGrath, a speech-language pathologist in private practice in the NDG-Westmount area and part-time in public schools just outside of Montreal, since 2009. I collaborate with families and teachers to help children with speech, language, and literacy difficulties. My speciality in private practice is in reading and writing difficulties, including dyslexia. I became deeply interested in literacy problems after observing many kids struggle with reading and writing, even into the upper elementary years and beyond. What’s the best way to help?? Luckily, decades of research can help us shape a plan to help struggling readers.
I also work with children with speech and language delays, including children with Apraxia of Speech, Autism, and children with complex communication needs, using Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC).
I graduated from McGill University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009, with a Master of Applied Science in speech-language pathology. I am licensed in Quebec by l’Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec.
In a previous lifetime, I earned a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from UPEI, in 2004. I love how music and language are related; the parallels between early literacy development and learning an instrument are very cool! Stay tuned to my blog for some thoughts on this.