Parents across Ontario have so many additional demands on their time and resources in our current reality and for many it is increasingly challenging to find additional moments during the day to devote to building communication, play and interaction.  

Whether you are waiting for your current communication supports to move to a virtual platform, or supporting your child or teen yourself, join the conversation with speech-language pathologists Cindy Harrison and Lanni Zinberg-Swartz as they help you find quick and easy ways to weave communication and connection opportunities into daily routines.

On Wednesday May 13th at 10:00am, Cindy and Lanni will answer your questions and share their own low-stress tips and tricks to keep communication moving in this unprecedented time. 

Cynthia (Cindy) Harrison, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO – Speech Language Pathologist

Cindy Harrison

Cindy Harrison is a Speech Language Pathologist and President and CEO of CommuniCare Therapy and ACT Learning Centre. Cindy’s area of clinical focus is the provision of assessment and treatment
of children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder, disorders of relating and communicating, intellectual disabilities, global developmental delays. Cindy holds a post graduate certificate in DIR/Floortime.

Cindy is also Senior Faculty for Profectum, a not for profit, New Jersey based international training facility that specializes in offering post graduate training in the Developmental Individual Difference (DIR/Floortime) model for clinicians wishing to work with children, youth and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities. Cindy is currently teaching in Profectum’s Training Program educating occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, educators and physicians in the use of the DIR model in their practice settings. Cindy is a well-known public speaker who trains and educates clinicians and parents in North America and abroad.
Cindy believes that it is essential to make parents an integral part of intervention and that together with the therapists, parents should be seen as “co-quarterbacks” in the treatment process.

Cindy holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Vermont. She is very active in her community and serves on a number of Boards and community associations. Cindy lives in Ottawa with her husband, Don, and her two children (her youngest, now 23 years old is on the autism spectrum).

Lanni Zinberg-Swartz, M.Sc.(A), Reg. CASLPO – Speech Language Pathologist

Lanni Zinberg-Swartz

Lanni Zinberg-Swartz, is passionate about working with children and teens with social communication challenges and has done so for over 20 years.  She is the Autism mentor for staff of the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program and leads the development of innovative services for children with social communication challenges and their families.  She has facilitated More than Words® and TalkAbility â„¢ programs for hundreds of families in her role with YRPSLP.  Lanni is also a long-time member of the Developmental Assessment and Consultation Services team for Children’s Treatment Network, one of the five Diagnostic Hubs in Ontario.  

Within both the public system and in private practice, she has collaborated with educators, ABA teams, early interventionists, occupational therapists, and other communication professionals.   Lanni is a frequently invited speaker on topics in Autism, and is a consultant for The Hanen Centre.  She is one of 4 instructors internationally for TalkAbility â„¢ training workshops for SLPs.  Lanni also developed and instructs Hanen’s Connecting the Dots and Creating Conversations workshops/webinars for supportive personnel.  She is currently the SLP member of the Implementation Working Group for the Ontario Autism Program.


This panel was recorded, and will be available soon.

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