Allison Baird

Senior Therapist

Allison Baird’s career spans almost 4 decades and includes hospital based care, research, teaching, training and private practice. Throughout her career, Allison has been focused on training and mentoring the next generation of speech therapists while ensuring she’s at the forefront of a rapidly changing field.

Allison has been a mentor to almost 40 young Speech-Language Pathologists. With her continued drive to improve her quality of care, she feels a strong responsibility to pass on her acquired knowledge to the next generation of speech therapists. At the same time she is exposed constantly to the newest ideas and technological advances that are happening in the university research settings.

Allison has worked extensively with children with severe disabilities, people of all ages who stutter, and adults who have had neurological changes related to stroke, dementia, or movement disorders. Under the most difficult circumstances, Allison creates an environment where people thrive, have hope, and look forward to their next meeting.

Over the years Allison’s professional and personal experience with dementia have given her a deep understanding of the grief journey. She has channeled this experience to help her clients and their families overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

She has a spent half a decade pioneering telehealth, a service that allows people to receive speech therapy over the internet, on camera in the privacy of their own home. Allison has presented her work and research nationally and internationally and has received recognition for her work and research on the effectiveness of telehealth for people who have had a stroke.

Career History

Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)

from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Therapist and Director

Speech-Language Pathology Services
St. Amant Centre, Winnipeg, MB

Director and Senior Therapist

Communication Disorders Department
St. Boniface General Hospital , Winnipeg, MB

Owner and Senior Therapist

SpeechWorks Inc.
Winnipeg, MB

Therapist

Communication Disorders Department
Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, England

Therapist

Lingraphica
Princeton, NJ

Owner and Senior Therapist

Hello Speech Therapy

Professional Affiliations

Health and Care Professions Council - Great Britain

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Manitoba

Grants and Publications

Meltzer JA, Baird A, Steele RD, and Harvey SJ. (2017) Computer-based treatment of post-stroke language disorders: A non-inferiority study of telerehabilitation compared to in-person service delivery. Aphasiology July 2017.

With Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba, Winnipeg Foundation grant, $15,000.00.

Steele RD, Baird A, McCall D, and Haynes L. (2015). Combining Teletherapy and On Line Exercises in the Treatment of Chronic Aphasia: An Outcome Study. International Journal of Telerehabilitation.

With Baycrest Centre, Toronto. Research Grant funded by Heart and Stroke Canada and Canadian Stroke Network examining efficacy of Telehealth for 120,00.00.

With Northern Regional Health Authority. Manitoba Patient Access Network grant for 150,000.00.

With Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba, Winnipeg Foundation grant, 20,000.00.

With the Manitoba Brain Injury Association, Workers Compensation Board, Manitoba for 65,000.00.

With Stroke Recovery Association Manitoba, Winnipeg Foundation grant $8,000.00.

With Parkinson Society Manitoba, Winnipeg Foundation grant

Grant from Workers Compensation $27,000.00.

With St.Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg Foundation grant $37,000.00

Stein, M., Baird, A., and Walker, J. “Social Phobia in Adults with Stuttering”. - American Journal of Psychiatry 153:2

Served on thesis committee for student of Special Education at University of Manitoba.

Peer reviewed research submitted for publication to Human Communication Canada.

Reviewed textbook, “Communication Assessment and Intervention for Adults with Mental Retardation” for Human Communication Canada, (official journal of Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists).

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