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SLP and OT Support for Autistic Children & Families

SLP and OT Support for Autistic Children & Families

An Introduction from Nurture Learning & Development

A free event for parents, caregivers, family members, community professionals, and autistic adults

Presented by Kate Chase, PhD, SLP, BCBA & Emily Lee, OT, BCBA

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 9am-11:15am Pacific Time

Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming Live

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Dr. Kate Ballem Chase’s Presentation: Dr. Kate Ballem Chase, Clinical Director and SLP at Nurture, discusses how speech-language pathologists (SLPs) support autistic children and their families. SLPs address areas such as speech, language, play, executive functioning, emotional regulation, peer relationships, and literacy. Workshop attendees will learn practical strategies for supporting children at home.

Emily Lee’s Presentation: Emily Lee, OT Clinical Practice Lead from Nurture, focuses on supporting autistic kids’ primary childhood “occupations.” Occupational Therapists (OTs) combine evidence-based support with positive, neurodiversity-affirming therapy. They address play, daily living activities, sleep, learning new skills, and social participation. Attendees will discover fun ways to support their child’s growth in these areas.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn about the areas SLPs and OTs can support autistic children and their families. 
  • Participants will learn some easy to use strategies for supporting their child’s engagement and participation. 
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Event Details

In this presentation, Dr. Kate Ballem Chase, Clinical Director and SLP at Nurture, will discuss how speech-language pathologists can support autistic children and their families to learn new ways to communicate and engage with family, friends, and community. SLPs can provide support in a wide variety of areas, including speech, language, play, executive functioning, emotional regulation, peer relationships, and literacy. Workshop attendees will learn more about the broad supports that SLPs can provide, as well as some simple, fun strategies to support children at home. 

In this presentation, Emily Lee, OT Clinical Practice Lead from Nurture, will discuss how OTs combine their support with the best evidence and positive, neurodiversity affirming therapy to help autistic kids with their primary childhood “occupations” – such as play, activities of daily living, sleep, learning new skills and participating socially in family and community life. OTs use a broad lens when looking at child development, including how children’s motor, sensory and cognitive needs and skills grow and change. Workshop attendees will learn about what areas of development OTs can support and fun ways to support their child’s occupations as they grow.

Dr. Kate Ballem Chase, Founder, Director, SLP, BCBA 

Dr. Kate Ballem Chase is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist and a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst. She is a certified therapist in both JASPER and the Early Start Denver Model. She is also the proud mom of a neurodiverse daughter. After pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria, Kate studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where she completed her doctorate in Experimental Psychology in 2004, with a focus on early language and cognitive development. After returning from Oxford, Kate completed her clinical training as a speech-language pathologist at the University of British Columbia in 2006. Kate worked briefly at the BC Centre for Ability before joining Loyst and Associates Autism Services, where she led the team in the Richmond area from 2007-2013. Kate is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Audiology and Speech Science at the University of British Columbia. When she isn’t playing with clients and their parents, Kate can be found playing outside with her husband, two children, and their dog! 

Emily Lee, Clinical Practice Lead, OT, BCBA. 

Emily Lee is a registered Occupational Therapist, and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She completed her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2002. Upon graduation Emily dove into working with children, the source of her inspiration for becoming an OT.  After moving to the west coast she worked at St. Paul’s Hospital for half a year and then joined the Early Intervention Therapy program at the BC Centre for Ability. Emily worked with children with a broad range of strengths and needs, including many children with autism. During her final year at the BC Centre for Ability she directed the occupational therapy department, supervising the provision of OT services across 5 programs. Switching gears in 2016, Emily completed her Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences through the University of British Columbia in 2017 and joined the Nurture team. Through her studies she has extensively explored research literature regarding early identification of and intervention for Developmental Coordination Disorder.  More recently, in June 2023, Emily completed her Board Certified Behaviour Analysis training. Emily has also been working on her JASPER certification alongside her Nurture colleagues and is a certified Early Start Denver Model therapist. During her family time, Emily can be found playing in the woods or at the pool with her husband and two kids.

In-Person Registration

8:15 am – 9:00 am Pacific Time

Session 1: Dr. Kate Chase

9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time

Morning Break

10:00 am – 10:15 am Pacific Time

Session 2: Emily Lee

10:15 am – 11:15 am Pacific Time

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre  
Sauder Policy Room (Room 2270)  
515 West Hastings St, Vancouver, B.C.  

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This venue is readily accessible by public transit. Visit translink.ca for directions and schedules for the West Coast Express, SkyTrain, SeaBus and bus routes. Please note that parking in downtown Vancouver is costly, but there are several parkades nearby.


ACT has negotiated preferred rates at four downtown Vancouver hotels near SFU Harbour Centre. Please visit this page for hotel details including links to directions. 

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Level: Beginner

Focus: SLP & OT Supports and Strategies

For: Parents/caregivers/family members, Autistic youth and adults

Autism Specific?: Yes

Zoom captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided