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)
Sara is a certified member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC). Sara has lived in Calgary since 2005. She has over 14 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, sh can be found singing, reading, crafting or at the rink for her kid’s many hockey practices and games.
Joy Noble, M.A., R.SLP, SLP(C), CCC-SLP
Joy has over 25 years experience working with children in a variety of settings. She is a certified member of The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Joy is a strong believer in incorporating the family in therapy, and always considers the well-being of the child and family as a whole. When not at work, Joy can be found traveling, going to concerts, and enjoying new food.
Elizabeth Wotherspoon, MS, R.SLP
Elizabeth is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Elizabeth was raised in Saskatchewan, and recently moved to Calgary after attending Minot State University for her education. She finds great value in helping children reach their communication potential through play. In her free time Elizabeth loves to travel, draw, and paint.
Elizabeth Beaugrand, M.Sc.OT, R.OT
Elizabeth has a wide variety of skills and over 10 years of experience and expertise working with children and young adults. She has lived in Calgary since 2011. Elizabeth has a passion for physical activity and spends her free time in the garden, on the ski hill or at the dog park.
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!
Christine Walker, M.Sc.OT, R.OT
Christine moved to Calgary in 2013. She has over 7 years of experience working with individuals with Autism and other developmental challenges. Christine spends her free time with her family and her dog Dexter. She enjoys snowboarding, crafting, working out and spending time with 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.
Claudia Ng, M.C., Registered Provisional Psychologist
Claudia lived in Hong Kong as a child and moved to Calgary in 1993. As such, she is fluent in three languages (English, Cantonese and Mandarin). Claudia has over 10 years of experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental challenges. She loves to volunteer and voyage around the globe to expand her perspective and to self-reflect. She strives to be a culturally aware and sensitive Therapist.
Alshaba Billawala, M.A., RPsych
Alshaba has experience working with individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents and adults. Alshaba has a passion for working with children with developmental disabilities and their families, and thrives to create a warm, caring and supportive environment for her clients. When she is not working, Alshaba is likely trying new foods, sipping an iced cappuccino or planning her next getaway.
Stephany Huynh, M.Sc., Registered Provisional Psychologist
Stephany was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB and came to Calgary in 2013 to pursue her Master’s in School & Applied Child Psychology. Stephany first started with Connecting Dots as a DBA and is the newest Psychologist to join the team. She has a background in assessments and in behaviour therapy, providing in home consultation to families and children with autism and other developmental challenges. Stephany can be found running, hiking, swimming or watching Netflix in her free time.
Carolina Scatolon, M.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist
Carolina is originally from Argentina. She practiced Psychology for seven years in her home country and in Mexico City. 10 years ago she moved to Calgary and has had the fortune to work with a wide variety of children and families from different backgrounds. Carolina is passionate about supporting children to develop their potential through play. She has almost 20 years experience working and researching in her field. Carolina enjoys arts and culture, family life and the astounding Alberta outdoors.
Taryn Cornelssen, M.C., Registered Provisional Psychologist
Taryn has many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families as a teacher and a learning leader with the Calgary Board of Education. She has spent most of her time working at specialized settings within the CBE supporting students with emotional, social, behavioral, and learning challenges. Taryn has a passion for working with youth and families and believes that it is essential to create a warm and caring environment where youth can feel supported and understood. When she is not working, she enjoys taking her dog to the dog park, doing anything active, or relaxing with family and friends.
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.