Natalie Armstrong (nee: Melick), M.Cl.Sc.
I am a registered Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). I am also a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). I studied my Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University, and completed my undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Psychology and Biology. I have experience in the communication disorder areas of voice, stuttering, aphasia, motor speech disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), transgender voice therapy, augmentative and alternative communication, accent reduction, articulation, preschool and school-aged language, dysphagia, and traumatic brain injury. I enjoy working with all populations of clients, and I have a special interest in working with individuals who have aphasia or motor speech disorders. I am certified in The Hanen Program’s It Takes Two to Talk (ITTTT) and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and have completed Level 1 of PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT). While completing my studies at Western, I assisted research specific to adult neurodegenerative disorders related to speech.
I aim to make assessment and therapy functional and family-centred. Like my colleagues, I have a strong passion for working with people and helping others communicate to the best of their abilities. I am thankful to be invested in a rewarding career that allows me to work with a diverse caseload and make a difference in peoples’ lives.
I currently live in Kitchener, and I am originally from the small town of Kincardine. I enjoy coffee, going for walks, playing hockey, board games, concerts, spending time with my fiancé and friends (and cat), and travelling! While completing my undergraduate degree, I had the pleasure of residing in Spain for 5 months as an International Student. I also have a great love for pets, particularly cats and dogs!