A Holistic Approach to Speech-Language Pathology

Communication and speech are so integral to our day-to-day lives. We often don’t realize just how important these aspects of our lives are until we run into a challenge with them. The ability to speak and express ourselves with confidence and comfort are things we frequently take for granted. When we, or someone we know, encounter a challenge, what do we do?

Speech-Language Pathologists work with clients of all ages, though most commonly children, to help them overcome common and frustrating speech and communication disorders. At All About Speech, we strive to provide a holistic approach to therapies to help clients truly incorporate these techniques and strategies into their lives. This approach seeks to treat the whole individual, incorporating mental and social factors, rather than focusing on symptoms alone. By empowering clients with the tools they need, we help them achieve success in communication and learning.

Meet Melanie Lapensée, Speech-Language Pathologist

Over 20 Years of Experience Helping Clients Achieve Success

Melanie Lapensée, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, brings over 20 years of experience in speech-language pathology to every patient she works with. A passionate and dedicated professional, Melanie loves sharing her knowledge and experience with clients and their families. She believes in providing meaningful support to clients, educating and empowering them and positively impacting their lives. Fluently bilingual, Melanie helps clients in English and French alike, helping them integrate both languages in their home environment to support their child’s success in communication.

Melanie’s career began with her education at the University of Ottawa, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics with a concentration in Psychology. She subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from UOttawa. Her professional life began as a clinician in CHEO’s Cleft Palate Program and Voice Clinic.

Certifications and Education

  • Master’s Degree – Speech-Language Pathology (University of Ottawa)
  • Member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
  • The Lidcombe Program – Fluency Intervention for young children
  • The Hanen Centre – “It Takes Two to Talk” and “More Than Words” Parent Training Certification

  • The Hanen Centre – Learning Language and Loving It training certification for Early Childhood Educators
  • PROMPT© Technique Training – Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets
  • Oral Rest Posture Program/TalkTools
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Subsequently, Melanie worked at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, where she co-ordinated and provided various parent training workshops; developed augmentative communication materials; participated in clinical teaching and supervision of student interns; and served as a contributing member of the ABA-Autism Program to help children and youth on the Autism spectrum build stronger communication and social skills.

Melanie is a fully bilingual speech-language pathologist with experience in training and education programs for children, youth, students, and adults alike. She is continually seeking ways to help her clients discover their full potential and achieve their goals.

In addition to her experience and education as an SLP, Melanie is also a Reiki and IET Master Instructor. She compliments her services with a holistic mindset and approach. Simply put, Melanie’s passion is helping her clients achieve their goals and discover lasting success that leaves them feeling empowered.

When she’s not working with her clients, Melanie enjoys spending time with her four children at home and enjoys exploring art at galleries, practicing yoga, travelling, gardening, and taking her dog out on the trail.