Helping Communication Skills

Founded in 2000 by Mary H. Preston, Halifax Speech & Language Services provides comprehensive assessments and individualized intervention plans for children and adults who are experiencing speech and language complications.

Meet Your Speech-Language Pathologists
Mary Preston BN., MSc., S-LP ( C ) is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist (SAC) with over 25 years combined clinical experience working in public schools (Nova Scotia and Vancouver), preschool developmental clinics, large adult hospitals, and private practice (over 15 years). She has extensive experience in the area of phonological awareness and literacy development with school-aged children, who have auditory processing difficulties or diagnosed learning disabilities. Mary also has past experience in the area of aphasia (language impairment secondary to stroke) and with motor speech difficulties (verbal apraxia and dysarthria) in both children and adults. Mary is a Hanen Certified S-LP for coaching parents on early language development in their young child. She has also received training in the Lidcombe program for early stuttering intervention with young children, The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (the LiPS program), and Visualizing and Verbalizing therapy. Mary has been a clinical supervisor for speech pathology students at Dalhousie University and UBC. Her current professional interests include language learning difficulties in children, reading/spelling/writing difficulties in school-aged children and adults, speech disorders among all age groups and aphasia. Mary holds an undergraduate degree in Nursing Science and past experience in neonatal intensive care and adult intensive care nursing. She is a mother of 4 grown children and an avid runner.

Tanya Wight BA., MSc., S-LP ( C ) is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist (SAC) with over 14 years of clinical experience. She has worked in the public school system in Ontario and in private practice in Halifax, NS. This experience has allowed her to work with children from many different cultural backgrounds. Tanya’s current professional interests include articulation difficulties, preschool speech and language development, language difficulties among school-aged children, voice dysfunction, and stuttering. Tanya is the mother of one school-aged daughter. She has been working at Halifax Speech & Language Services since 2009.