Welcome to our sister practices! We offer a wide range of services for children, youth and families rooted in shared values and goals.

Personalized Service

We love getting to know children and families and finding ways to incorporate specific interests, preferences and strengths into the therapy process.

Caregivers as Leaders

We partner with caregivers to determine service priorities as well as the pace and type of supports needed.

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Authentic & Meaningful Progress

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With parent input to establish achievable and meaningful goals, we aim to support functional capacities and wellbeing in ways that that support the child in all settings and across the lifespan.

Collaboration

We seek and welcome collaboration with other professionals when it’s deemed valuable by the family. We work with educators and other professionals to meet the needs of the child.

Elizabeth Neish

Welcome to Open Minds! We are so glad you’re here. I look forward to working with your family to access the supports and services you need.


As Office Administrator and Service Coordinator, I work behind the scenes to help things run smoothly at the Center. I assist with many tasks, including taking referrals, connecting new families with our services, and scheduling. I'm also excited to be coordinating webinars, workshops and conferences. I graduated from Algoma University in 2022 with a Batchelor of Arts, double majoring in Law & Justice and Political Science. My role at the centre is an excellent fit for my past experience in office and health care administration, along with my passion for making a difference in the lives of children and families. I

Elizabeth Neish

Office Administrator & Service Coordinator

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Privacy Policy

Your privacy matters to us.

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Privacy is a fundamental human right that underpins freedom of association, thought and expression, as well as freedom from discrimination. Click below for more information about how we collect and respect your personal health information.

Speech- language

pathology



  • Articulation, phonology, motor speech - pronunciation of sounds and words
  • Speech fluency - stuttering; cluttering
  • Receptive language - understanding of spoken and written language
  • Expressive language - communicating with words or other means
  • Social language and interaction skills - non-verbal aspects of communication; relationship capacities
  • Phonological & phonemic awareness - identifying and manipulating individual sounds in words
  • Literacy skills - reading, writing and spelling


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literacy

We offer in-depth assessment and structured literacy intervention tailored to your child’s learning style and needs. Specific foundational skills that may be targeted include:



  • Phonological and phonemic awareness skills
  • Phonics or sound-symbol correspondence
  • Decoding & Reading fluency
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary development
  • Oral language and reading comprehension


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Robin Walker


I am a pediatric S-LP who has been practising in Sault Ste. Marie since 2000. I started The Speech Path in 2009 with the goal of connecting children and youth with customized supports to address their unique speech, language, literacy and social interaction needs. I'm excited to collaborate with a growing team of like-minded professionals at Open Minds, and for families to have access to a wider range of supports and services at our shared location.


I am a passionate provider of respectful and meaningful interventions that empower the key people in the child’s life to guide their development. I am committed to helping young people and their families build on their strengths so that relationships and skills can flourish. I continue to pursue education in the area of neurodiversity and approaches that support foundational growth and wellbeing for our most vulnerable learners.


I am also committed to supporting students who struggle to access school curriculum due to challenges with reading and writing, using customized instruction that is aligned with the Science of Reading. Ongoing collaboration with educators has expanded my role, including the development of workshops for daycares, schools and other community organizations.


I look forward to knowing and working with you and your child!



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M.Sc. Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

RDIⓇ Consultant


Professional

  • Membership with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (Dalhousie University, 2000)
  • Relationship Development Intervention® Program Certification (2019)
  • Hanen Certified Program Leader: It Takes Two to Talk; Target Word; Learning Language & Loving It; More Than Words
  • Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) - Level 1
  • Professional Training in Auditory-Verbal Studies & Practice (Level 1, 2 & 3)
  • Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering Intervention
  • Advanced Literacy Practices: Making it Happen! (University of Toronto, 2022)
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Perri Nantais

Retired since June 2019, I now have the privilege of working one to one with young children in a wonderful , nurturing setting. As a special education teacher for 32 years, I was afforded many opportunities to learn the most effective ways to help children learn to read and write.


I helped parents and students navigate the school system, that at times can be overwhelming with its numerous program options and pathways. The latter half of my career focus was literacy which became a true passion for me! In 2012, I wrote a children's book titled, The Lonely Sock Box. You can contact me directly to purchase at nantaisper@gmail.com.


I have had the opportunity to train in three different reading and writing intervention programs. Using a systematic, structured literacy approach, I am able to customize sessions and supports to meet the needs of each individual child. It is rewarding to bring my professional training and experience in education to my current role as an SLP Therapy Assistant. I look forward to the opportunity to work with your child and witness their success.


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T. Corelli OT Consulting

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occupational therapy

Services at T. Corelli OT Consulting are focused on helping children meet their daily needs and ‘jobs’ including but not exclusive to, being a playmate, being a child, being a friend, being a student, and beyond. There are many visible and invisible factors that can impact a child’s ability to participate in the roles outlined above. Below are some of the concerns we address.


  • Daily Living Skills
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Fine Motor & Handwriting Skills
  • Sensory Processing, Integration, and Regulation
  • Visual Perceptual & Visual Motor Skills


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Taylor Corelli

Hello. My name is Taylor and I look forward to getting to know you and your child! I’ve worked as an Occupational Therapist with a variety of populations, but children and their families have always been my greatest passion. It is this passion that led me to start T. Corelli OT Consulting in 2021.


Following the completion of a Bachelor’s of Physical and Health Education from Laurentian University, and then the Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant diploma at Sault College, I went on to complete my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University.


I love working with children, teens, and families, and strongly believe that a caring, nurturing, and collaborative approach is essential. I am focused on maximizing independence and participation in all aspects of one’s life and I aim to ensure that all tasks and environments are suited to support and encourage children to meet their highest potential.









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M.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.), B. P. H. E


Professional

In addition to my Masters degree in Occupational Therapy, my memberships, additional training, and certifications include:


• Membership with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario


• Membership with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists


• Sensory Processing & Sensory-based Interventions for Children (Holland Bloorview)


• Solution Focused Coaching Professional Workshop


• Motivational Interviewing and Coaching Skills Workshop

(Level 1 & 2)








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counselling & psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a type of treatment that can help individuals experiencing a wide array of mental health concerns and emotional challenges. Psychotherapy can help alleviate symptoms, help identify why a person is experiencing challenges, and lead to improved function, enhanced emotional well-being, and healing. Psychotherapy can help clients to:


  • Cope with stressful life events
  • Understand and manage the impacts of trauma
  • Manage symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Regulate their emotions
  • Address or cope with issues at school
  • Cope with medical illness or loss, such as the death of a loved one
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Counselling Approach

COUNSELLING WITH CHILDREN


Counselling and psychotherapy with children often involves games and stories. Taking a playful approach with a younger client can support relationship, engagement, and overall progress. Counselling services should never feel challenging for a young person to participate and feel comfortable. The goal is a safe and engaging experience for all.



COUNSELLING WITH YOUTH AND

YOUNG ADULTS


Youth often face challenges and pressures in everyday life while still developing emotionally and physically. Teens may feel pressures at home, school, in the workplace, in social situations, and they often feel stressed about the future. My approach with youth is to offer a safe environment to sort through the stresses of being a teen, and to cope with added mental health challenges they may be experiencing.


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Counselling for Caregivers


Parents and caregivers are challenged with their own mental health and wellness while also supporting the wellbeing and growth of their young and older children. I seek to help caregivers explore their own emotions, with a focus on compassion for their experiences. Caregivers are best able to support their child’s wellbeing when they prioritize selfcare and growth. Caregiver counselling can be a stand-alone service or paired with counselling for your child and family.

Katlyn Kallonen

I have been working with children, youth and families for the last 10 years, helping them to address a variety of concerns that impact them at home, school, and in other settings. I use a client centered approach and aim to support overall improvement of the individual’s mental health and daily living. I love supporting my clients to explore the root causes of their concerns and develop a greater sense of wellbeing. I look forward to meeting you and your child, and helping you to reach your goals!


I am committed to supporting clients in the ways they feel most connected. Some clients prefer talk therapies, while others benefit from different ways of connecting. I believe that incorporating experience sharing that involve art, creative process and recreation can be helpful in exploring insight and healing.


This past year I added Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) to my practice and am currently in the supervision phase of my training. My interest in this intervention began as a personal journey and extended to my professional practice after experiencing the benefits of RDI for authentically developing relationships and opportunities for growth. Learning new ways to empower parents to be the difference makers in the lives of their children through the RDI approach is a natural fit with my role as a Psychotherapist and the therapeutic process. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how RDI might support your child and family.


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RDIⓇ Consultant in Training

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Credentials and Professional Qualifications and Development


*Registered Psychotherapist in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario


  • Currently in supervision phase of Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI®) Program Certification
  • EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) Level 1 York University (2023)
  • Supervisor 101- Inspiring Organizational Growth (2023)
  • CMHO- Autism Specialized Advanced Training for Mental Health Providers (2023)
  • Crisis Prevention Institute- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training (2023)
  • ChYMH- InterRAI Assessment Tool Training (2022)
  • ASIST- Suicide Intervention Training (2022)
  • DBT Consultation Groups Training (2021)
  • CBT For Eating Disorders in Youth - Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2022)
  • CBT for Autism in Youth - Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2022)
  • CBT For Substance Use Disorder in Youth - Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (2022)
  • LGBT2SQ Foundations- Rainbow Health Ontario (2021)
  • 3 Day Core Clinician Emotion Focused Family Therapy (2018)





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relationship development intervention®

  • RDI is a developmental, family-focused program designed to support regulation, social engagement, communication, and flexible thinking.
  • RDI teaches caregivers to guide their child to seek out and develop reciprocal relationships.
  • RDI helps the child engage and learn through shared experiences to tune in to feelings and thoughts of others; read non-verbal cues; manage uncertainty, change and challenge; and think in flexible ways for decision making and problem solving.


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  • Your RDI Consultant will empower you to help your child or teen develop authentic meaningful relationships, navigate new and dynamic experiences, and achieve increased independence.
  • Involvement of educators and other family members is encouraged and supported.
  • Learn more about RDI® at rdiconnect.com or by calling the Centre.


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

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FEB

Open Minds presents... Behaviour: It all makes sense

Presenter: Robin Walker, SLP and RDI® Consultant

Struggling to understand and manage behaviours? Wanting to expand your parenting or teaching toolbox? Come and explore the deeper whys and how to respond to behaviours like non-compliance, refusal, fleeing, yelling, aggressive actions or words, and meltdowns.

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The Loft, Algoma Conservatory, 75 Huron Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

time: 6:30-8pm

Doors open at 6:00pm

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MAR

Open Minds presents... Sensory: It’s All about Felt Safety

Presenter: Taylor Corelli, OT

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REGISTRATION OPEN February 20, 2024

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Open Minds Privacy Statement

Each of our sister practices at Open Minds is committed to protecting your privacy and to ensuring that the personal information you provide to us is maintained securely. We will only collect and store personal information that is relevant to the provision of our services. Our privacy policy was developed in accordance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act (PIPEDA).


What is Personal Information?

Personal information includes individual-specific information such as name, address, gender, date of birth, and insurance information. Personal health information includes details about a person’s specific health conditions as well as treatment goals and outcomes.


What Personal Information Do We Collect and Why?

We collect and store information that we can use to contact you and information needed for billing purposes. This may include your name and names of family members, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. We collect and store information related to clinical services. This may include: date of birth, medical diagnoses, health history, home environment, assessment information, treatment plan / goals, response to intervention, correspondence with other professionals or with you, and recommendations. We collect information for a variety of reasons, including the following:


  • To provide services that are appropriate and individualized
  • To keep a clinical record of services that can be referred back to
  • To evaluate our services and the performance of our staff
  • For billing purposes
  • To provide information for accounting and tax purposes
  • To provide information to third party payers (e.g., Jordan’s Principle funding, private insurance)
  • To adhere to guidelines set out by our regulatory college (i.e., CASLPO; COTO)


With Whom Do We Share Personal Information?

The clinical staff of the specific service / practice you or your child is referred (The Speech Path, T. Corelli, OT Consulting or Kate Kallonen Counselling & Psychotherapy) who are directly involved in your child’s care will have full access to your personal information or your child’s personal information. Administrative staff will also have access to clinical records for the purposes of communicating regarding appointments, filing, issuing consents and reports, and to secure payment for services. All staff are required to sign and abide by an Oath of Confidentiality. Personal health information is not shared between or among our separate practices without your expressed consent.


Our practices offer clinical education for interns from time to time. An intern completing a clinical placement in Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, or Psychotherapy may, with your expressed consent, have access to personal information about you or your child for the purposes of supervised assistance with the provision of services. All interns are required to sign and abide by an Oath of Confidentiality during and indefinitely after their work term.

As regulated health professionals, each practice has assigned Peer assessors from our respective professional Colleges who may review our files, including your personal information, to ensure that professional standards are being maintained.

Our sister practices, being associated onsite, share physical space and administrative support. Any staff onsite may have limited access to your or your child’s personal information, such as names. All onsite associates are required to sign and abide by an Oath of Confidentiality. On occasion, and when appropriate, we may ask for your permission to share personal information with other professionals who are involved with the care or education of your child.


Protecting Personal Health Information The safety and security of your personal information is important to us. Below are some of the things we do to ensure your information remains secure:

  • Paper documents containing personal information are kept in locked filing cabinets and/ or restricted rooms
  • Paper information is sealed and mailed by reputable companies
  • Electronic information is password protected and stored on secure servers
  • Staff and students are trained to collect, use and disclose personal information as necessary to fulfill their duties and in accordance with our privacy policy
  • Your consent is required for communication to be conducted by email. Email communication is limited to correspondence invited and/or directed by you to share policies, forms, fee structure and to schedule or reschedule appointments. All correspondence and documents pertaining to your or your child’s personal information (e.g., recommendations, reports, invoices) will be encrypted with password protection
  • Your consent is required for virtual communication and service provision. Videoconferencing platforms used, including MS Teams and Zoom for Business, are compliant with PHIPA. Only PHIPA compliant platforms are used by staff whether they are hosting sessions or attending sessions hosted by others


Retention and Destruction of Personal Information

In keeping with our college requirements, paper and electronic files are kept for 10 years after the last time your child received service from your service provider or 10 years after the child’s 18th birthday. After this time has passed, personal information that is in a paper format will be shredded. Electronic information will be deleted and the hard drive will be destroyed.


Access to Information

With a few exceptions, you have the right to access your child’s file or other personal information that we have. If there is a mistake, you have the right to ask that it be corrected. We will ask for proof of your identity before we can grant you access to the clinical file or other personal information.


Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or concerns about the collection and use of your personal information, please contact your Open Minds service provider directly..

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