Speech Hens is a dynamic duo of registered Speech-Language Pathologists who came together to help bridge a gap in services for the Norfolk and Haldimand County areas. Initially only providing speech camp in the summer, their services now extend to a variety of speech and language therapy programs, parent education sessions and workshops, and community-based events.
Why "Speech Hens"? These city-born chicks moved to the country to establish roots. Now mothers living on farms, these Hens have made it their goal to support their rural community in the best way they know how.
Laura Downey, co-owner
Laura is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and proud mother to three beautiful daughters. She obtained her Master's degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been working the last 7 years in school settings and in-home private care. As a devoted mother, she understands the emphasis on family-centered care. It has been a dream to open a private clinic in a rural setting focusing on educating families, and offering quality and unique programs to the area. She is proud to be a Speech Hen living her dream with fellow co-owner and friend, Marianne.
Sarah Major, Ontario Certified Teacher, Program lead and planner
Lori Holstein, independent contractor; pediatric speech-language pathologist
Marianne Ward, co-owner
Marianne is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and proud mother of a beautiful daughter. She obtained her Master's degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from State University of New York at Buffalo. Since then, she has been passionately working with both children and adults with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. She is excited to be part of Speech Hens and finally living her dream of owning a private clinic. Marianne lives on a farm in beautiful Norfolk County with her family. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, listening to music, playing guitar, reading, hiking, and camping.