Simone earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Victoria in Psychology, Linguistics and Slavonic studies in 1999. She then completed her Master’s degree of Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta in 2003. Since that time, Simone worked for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, a branch of the Government of Alberta serving adults with developmental disabilities; the Calgary Board of Education, providing comprehensive speech and language services for Kindergarten students; as a private SLP in a company called Achieve Better Communication Skills, Ltd. serving children of all ages in the Calgary area; Foothills Creative Beginnings preschool, providing early intervention for children receiving PUF funding; the Rockyview School Board, serving French Immersion Kindergarten classes. Simone then relocated to Edmonton in the spring of 2012. Simone has enjoyed working with a wide range of people from preschoolers to adults with diverse challenges and diagnoses including people who are non-verbal and who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Simone has a particular interest in augmentative and alternative forms of communication. To continue to provide best practice therapy, she has pursued additional training in PECS, SCERTS Model, Kaufman and many courses in AAC. Simone values collaborating with teachers, providing classroom-based intervention and educating and empowering caregivers. Simone particularly enjoyed working closely with families to help their children achieve their communication goals.