Speech and Language Pathology PSG

If you are interested in this PSG, please contact Tara Chay, Chair or Margo Clinker, Vice-Chair, for more information.  What is your passion?  What is your secret to success?  How did you get into your niche in the field of communicative disorders?

SLP PSG's Mission

PSG-06's mission is to build awareness of assistive technology for communication and cognition within the therapy and engineering professions, to foster relationships among practitioners and researchers, who wish to explore this exciting and growing rehabilitation field, and encourage new ideas to improve functional outcomes for individuals with communication and cognitive disability.

SLP PSG's Objectives

  • Provide a forum for the discussion of communication disabilities and supportive technology
  • Distribute information about communication disabilities and technology to RESNA members and other interested parties
  • Inform professionals in the field about concerns expressed by both people with communication disabilities and by developers of assistive technology devices

Who We Are

Chair: Tara Chay, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP, Rehabilitation Program Coordinator and Speech-Language Pathologist, Muhammad Ali Movement Disorders Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ 
Email: tara.chay@CHW.EDU

Tara has been involved in the provision of assistive technology services for 15 years and her particular areas of interest are in the implementation of cognitive technologies, training in alternative methods of computer access, and use of alternative and augmentative communication strategies. She is a member of the Barrow Adaptive Technologies Task Force at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and has been instrumental in introducing new technologies across the continuum of care since its inception.  She provides education and mentorship to colleagues and has acted as consultant in both the school system and private rehabilitation sector for complex cases requiring the implementation of AT equipment and services.   

Vice Chair: Margo Clinker M.Cl.Sc., MBA, CCC/SLP,Speech-Language Pathologist, NeuroTrauma Rehab and Assistive Technology Enabling Possibilities (ATEP) programs, Parkwood Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare-London, Ontario
Email: margo.clinker@SJHC.LONDON.ON.CA

Margo graduated from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) with a Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology and later from Queen’s University with an MBA. Her work experience includes 15 years in general (pediatric and adult) sole practice in the isolated northern Ontario region of the District of Cochrane. She then spent 12 years in preschool and school age health and educational services (Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Muskoka Parry Sound Health Unit, Muskoka Parry Sound Speech Pathology Rehab Services). She collaborated/consulted with the Communication and Writing Aids team from Bloorview Children’s Centre. With their guidance and support, she co-lead with IT Consultant Betty Moore the Smart Board project of 2006-2008 to support inclusion of communicatively challenged students in the general classroom conversation. Her position at Parkwood Hospital focuses on serving adults with acquired injuries through the NeuroTrauma Rehab and Assistive Technology Enabling Possibilities programs. Most recently Margo led the “Engineering the Communication Environment” project funded through the President’s Innovation Grant to investigate the use of tablets (three operating systems) in supporting patient communication, patient-provider communication and clinician AT skills in patient homes, in the community and at bedside. As a seasoned clinician, Margo started her career gaining certification in Blissymbolics as the world of AAC was just opening up. She is PECS Certified. Previously a prescriber through the Special Education Allotment (SEA) funding, she continues to be an Individual Authorizer for the (Ontario) Assistive Devices Program. She is currently preparing to write the ATP exam following completion of coursework at Indianapolis in June 2014.  She has been a member of RESNA for two years.