Karen, M.Sc., RSLP, graduated from the U.B.C., Speech-Language Pathology program in September 2013. Prior to pursuing a career as an SLP, Karen worked as a behaviour interventionist (BI) providing multidisciplinary therapy to preschool and school aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It was her work as a BI and her connection with various clinical disciplines, including behaviour consulting, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology, that sparked her interest in becoming an SLP. Once certified and registered as an SLP, Karen accepted a position in Victoria, BC, providing direct and consultative services to children and youth with ASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other complex developmental conditions.
Karen has experience providing a wide range of therapeutic approaches to children with complex developmental disorders. Karen has also been the SLP for a therapeutic learning program developed for students whose needs cannot be met by the public school system. After her first year of practice, she became certified with the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) and is passionate about providing a team-based, multi-disciplinary approach when working with children and families. She joined the team at the Asante Centre after relocating back to the mainland.
Kristal, M.Sc., RSLP, graduated from the U.B.C. Speech-Language Pathology program in the spring of 2003 and provided speech and language services to infants, children and adults in Lillooet, B.C. for two years before moving back to the Lower Mainland. Working with a diverse group of clients from many social and cultural backgrounds was a positive learning experience and two special clients in Lillooet sparked her interested in alcohol related disorders.
Kristal joined the Asante Centre multidisciplinary diagnostic team in 2005. Working with some of the great minds in FASD, Dr. Conry and Dr. Asante, she has developed expertise in the assessment of individuals with FASD and a passion for the disability. She has consulted with parents individually and in groups to help encourage understanding and more effective communication with their children. Kristal also leads direct and group speech and language therapy for clients with FASD. She also has experience in workshop delivery for professionals working in early childhood, education, speech and language pathology and the justice system as well as at international conferences, and adoptive parents’ conferences. Kristal is also a member of the BC FAS Resource Society, and was the lead author on the curriculum for caregivers and professionals "FASD and Communication Disability: Strategies for Youth in the Legal System."
In addition to her interest in FASD, Kristal also contributes to the Autism assessment team at the Asante Centre and provides individual therapy to individuals with speech and language deficits and delays in general.