About Jessica Danforth, RSLP, M.Sc.A.
Jessica Danforth is a part-time clinician at the Buchel Speech & Language Group. For a number of years, she has split her time between providing private services with the other clinicians at the group, and treating patients in the public health care system. Her private practice focuses on pediatric fluency treatment. Over her time with the Buchel Speech & Language Group she has seen many children facing a variety of communication difficulties related to fluency.
Before starting her work with the Buchel Speech & Language Group, Jessica completed various clinical placements. One of these involved work with InteRACT: Intensive Residential Aphasia Communication Therapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Here, she worked with clients on speech, reading and writing, and functional language skills in both a one-on-one setting and through conversation groups. She also completed a placement at the McKay Rehabilitation Centre in Montréal, Québec where she worked with children dealing with language impairments and apraxia of speech.
During a further clinical placement, Jessica worked at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Veterans Hospital where she treated patients with speech and language disorders resulting from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), stroke, and dementia. A fourth clinical placement took place at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board where she assessed a variety of language and articulation disorders among students.
Education and credentials
Jessica holds an Honours degree in Linguistics with a minor in Psychology from Carleton University. While studying at Carleton, she worked as a research assistant in the University’s Language and Brain Lab. She later went on to complete her Applied Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University, in Montréal Québec.
Jessica is regularly involved in continuing education activities, and professional development. Most recently, she participated in a workshop on voice disorders, in celebration of World Voice Day. At the 2016 College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM) Conference she participated in Dr. Luc De Nil and Dr. Robert Kroll’s session on Bridging Science And Clinical Practice: How Research And Treatment Of Developmental Stuttering Can Inform Each Other.