What Makes Us Different


The first step to providing quality services to any client is an intuitive and detailed assessment. We use a combination of standardized and non-standardized tools to best understand your needs. Prior to your first appointment, we will talk by phone to gather information that helps us plan the assessment session.


Our treatment approach is unique in its philosophy and delivery model, based on years of clinical experience. We employ a whole-brain approach to learning that combines listening, answering, generating ideas, movement and sensory experiences as appropriate for each client. Sessions are conducted by our trained professionals in the areas of speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, educational consultation, behavioural consultation, as well as by our therapy assistants. The individual(s) best suited to your needs will be selected for your team.


Informed clients are empowered clients, who able to make positive changes more quickly in all facets of their lives. Verbal feedback is provided after every session, to help you understand goals, strategies and ideas that will make a real difference. We also offer workshops that give parents, educators and other individuals the opportunity to learn away from the setting of a therapy or consultation session.


All the expertise in the world doesn’t matter if clients don’t feel supported. Our team understands that having learning challenges as well as supporting someone who has learning exceptionalities is very difficult at times. Every client at Speak Freely Therapy Services is an important member of our family. When you talk to us, you will be heard. We offer advice, referrals to other resources, and sometimes just provide the listening ear that you need.


“Joyce Hignett and her staff are knowledgeable and thorough. They know when to push and when to let up. My child gets the full undivided attention of his therapist when he is at Speak Freely and I find he learns more in his one hour session than I ever expected. My child has been with Speak Freely Therapy Services since opening.”

– parent

“There are no ulterior motives at Speak Freely Therapy Services. These are dedicated professionals who give 100% of themselves with the best interest of your child in mind. Highly expert, friendly, compassionate, with a high degree of integrity: I trust them. Our son has been a regular there for over a year and the gains are amazing. He has grown so much with their help. We’ve used both the OT and speech services and highly, highly recommend.”

– JJ, parent and teacher

“As an educational consultant who has worked with Joyce Hignett over a period of years, I have become aware of her dedication and determination to provide the most comprehensive and effective strategies possible in order to improve the speech/communication issues of her clients. I have been particularly impressed with her very direct, practical approach and that she understands the importance of providing a functional, meaningful context for communication as an integral part of her service.”

– LN, teacher and independent consultant

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149 Welham Road, Unit 19
Barrie, ON L4N 8Y3

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