Communicative Disorders Assistant,
First Words Preschool Speech and Language Program
Gillian Purdy completed her BA at the University of Ottawa with a double concentration in French Language and Literature and Public Policy. After a number of years working in sales and administrative positions, she decided to pursue a career in communication disorders. After completing a number of university-level courses in psychology and linguistics, she completed her Communicative Disorders Assistant certificate at St. Lawrence College.
Gillian currently works as a communication disorders assistant (CDA) for the First Words program, which is a preschool speech and language program in Ottawa. As a CDA, she provides intervention to clients and their families with a variety of speech and language disorders, including motor speech, social/pragmatic delays, receptive and expressive language delays and articulation/phonological disorders.