No one person has all the answers, and at Connecting Dots we believe the key is in working together to find what works best for your family.
- Teaching and therapy happens in activities that a child would normally do
- Children feel valued when activities are focused on their interests
- We honour each individual child's natural development
- We can be flexible and develop a specific program for each child's exact needs
Parents and caregivers are valued members of any service provided by Connecting Dots. We listen to parents to find out about their values and expectations. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to be part of all therapy sessions and are asked to follow through with practice ideas between appointments. In addition, our Therapists are available to meet with just parents to discuss practical strategies for their child. We want families to do what works best for them. At Connecting Dots, we share our extensive knowledge with you. Our owners have over 30 years combined experience. All of our Therapists have extensive experience working with children and families, and we have many tools in our therapy tool boxes. As part of our services, we connect you with appropriate community resources. We also have great success collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams.
All of our Therapists are registered health care professionals with Master's level education. We provide services in accordance with the professional and ethical standards of our licensing colleges: We focus on improving the daily lives of children and their families. At Connecting Dots, we foster independence wherever possible. We look at the whole picture - the child, family, home and community. Our intervention and recommendations always match the child's developmental level so that we can work toward the best outcomes.
Meet Our Team
Speech Language Pathology
Sara Turner, M.Sc.(A), R.SLP, SLP(C), CCC-SLP
Sara is a certified member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Sara has lived in Calgary since 2005. She has over 15 years of experience, and loves to help people of all ages develop their functional communication skills. Sara represents Connecting Dots as an active member of the Autism Calgary Network. In her spare time, she can be found singing, reading, crafting or at the rink for her kid’s many hockey practices and games.
Aline Moraes, R.SLP
Aline is originally from Brazil, where she practiced for twelve years assessing, treating and helping children with speech-language and learning difficulties. As part of a multidisciplinary team, she carries a multicultural and bilingual experience, working with a thoughtful, family-centered approach. Aline is an outdoor lover with a passion for fitness, health and wellness; when she is not working, she is hiking, riding her bike, snowshoeing or paddling in the great Canadian outdoors.
Kirsten Stagg, M.Sc.(A), R.SLP, SLP(C)
Kirsten was born and raised in Calgary. She received her undergraduate degree in Linguistics from the University of Calgary, and completed her Master’s at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Kirsten is a certified member of Speech-Language Audiology Canada (SAC). She has a passion for working with kids and their families to provide support and guidance in communication through play. Kirsten grew up playing (and still enjoys playing) the sport of ringette, and can be found travelling or exploring the outdoors in her free time.
Theresa Nguyen, R. SLP
Information coming soon.
Irene Mulcahy, M.Sc.OT, R.OT
Irene moved from Ireland to Calgary in 2014. She graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Irene finds joy in working with children and their families. When not working, she can be found hiking trails in the mountains, playing the flute in a local concert band or on FaceTime with her family in Ireland!
Jenna Yang, M.Sc.OT
Jenna was born in Taiwan and moved to Calgary as a child. She attended the University of Calgary for her undergrad degree in Kinesiology and went onto the University of Alberta for her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Jenna recognizes the importance of early intervention and has found her passion in working with the pediatric population. In her free time, Jenna enjoys reading, baking, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.
Tammy Cheng, M.Sc.OT, R.OT
Tammy had several years of experience working with children and adults with developmental needs before becoming a health care professional. Through her experience, she believes early intervention is the key to setting children up for success in life. Tammy has found her passion in Occupational Therapy and she hopes to help more children and families thrive regardless of their abilities. When not working, she is busy with her hand craft business, window shopping, and spending time with her friends and family.
Information coming soon.
Jawad Hashim, R. PT, BSc (PT), Msc (Kin)
Jawad completed Physiotherapy degree in 2008 from University of Health Sciences, Lahore followed by internship in Children Hospital and Institute of Child Health. He is a community physiotherapist since then and been active in clinical practice, academia and research. He completed Masters (Kinesiology) from University of Calgary. In his free time he loves to travel, read and spend time with family.
Claudia Ng, M.C., Registered Provisional Psychologist
Claudia moved from Hong Kong to Calgary as a child and is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. She has over 10 years of experience working in medical settings in helping individuals affected by anxiety, depression, and Motor Vehicle Accidents. Claudia also has a passion for working with children because she enjoys playing just as much as the children she works with. She believes in meeting each child at where they are at, at that very moment. Claudia has over 15 years of experience providing psycho-educational assessments, treatment, and consultation to children and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental challenges in both school and in-home settings. Claudia enjoys travelling, backpack camping, building Lego car models, and playing on her Switch. She volunteers regularly for charities in Calgary and aboard.
Anissa Vandezande, MSc., Registered Provisional Psychologist
Anissa is a registered provisional psychologist with almost 10 years of experience working with children with disabilities and their families. She is passionate about mental health and wellness which led her to complete a Master’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience, 500-hours of yoga-teacher training and a holistic nutrition certificate. In Anissa’s free time you can find her running in the mountains, performing magic and hanging out with her dog, Bear.
Crystal McNaughton, MACP, Registered Psychologist
Crystal is a registered psychologist with a passion for helping children and families and have been doing so for over 17 years. She has an extensive background in counselling psychology and play therapy training and is always seeking fun and creative ways to engage with her clients. Her focus is supporting children (ages 0-18 years) with developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Crystal can also help you and your child with issues such as behavioral challenges, emotion regulation, depression, anger and aggression, developing social skills, parenting support, bullying, domestic violence exposure, trauma, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, and divorce. She works from an integrative approach and believes each child and family is unique and that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. She is currently a Mom to 2 boys and a dog named Penny. She likes to play too, and keep busy playing sports, reading, and camping with my family. She thrives on the diversity and energy of working with children, and is grateful for the opportunity to support you and your child in your journey.
Connecting Dots has a growing team of behavioural/developmental aides. Our aides have a variety of backgrounds, education and experience. What brings them together is that they all value children and play. They are skilled in being able to work at each child’s developmental level, using play and parent coaching to teach a family new ways to be successful. Our aides are valuable members of any multi-disciplinary team. When they are not working at Connecting Dots, our aides can be found doing many activities including studying, knitting, snowboarding and riding motorbikes.
Freda came to Connecting Dots with many years of office experience and great organizational skills. She is happily married and has two adult children. Freda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going for walks, baking, reading and eating dark chocolate. Freda is instrumental in keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes.