Who We Are
Connections Speech & Feeding was founded by Laura Sawers, a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in pediatric communication, feeding, and swallowing. Laura graduated in 2010 with a M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University. She is licensed with the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and certified with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Laura has dedicated her career to working with children and families in an intervention context for the past 20 years, with over 10 years of experience as an SLP. Her passion lies in supporting connections between children, their loved ones, and the world around them. By working closely with families, Laura ensures that the interventions provided are not only child-centered but also consider the unique needs and dynamics of each family.
Throughout Laura’s career, she has had the privilege of working in early intervention and with school-aged children with speech and language needs. Laura understands the importance of addressing children’s unique communication needs in order to help them thrive. Her interventions are tailored to each child’s strengths and needs, focusing on functional communication skills.
Laura has also supported infants with feeding and swallowing difficulties in an acute care setting. Recognizing the critical role that feeding plays in a child’s overall development, she is passionate about providing caregivers with the support and research-based guidance they need. Laura’s personal experience with her own son’s premature delivery and early feeding needs intensified her dedication to helping caregivers navigate feeding challenges. In addition to her experience as a feeding therapist, Laura is currently working towards certification as a lactation consultant.
Connections Speech and Feeding is committed to targeting more than milestones. Each child is an individual with their own strengths and needs, and supporting their development means more than checking off certain benchmarks. Being able to communicate effectively and able to share positive eating/feeding experiences are both important ways that caregivers nurture and connect with their children. Laura strives to provide personalized care that considers the whole child and fosters meaningful connections beyond the therapy room.
Outside of work, Laura can be found spending time with her family, enjoying nature, trying new restaurants, and traveling to new places.