Tutoring Session


Communicative Disorders Assistant

What is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)?

Our tutor can help with the following:

  • Help with homework

  • Reviewing class material and lessons

  • Adapt lessons to your child's needs and learning style

  • Hands-on learning

  • Executive Functioning Skills

  • Organization

  • Reading and Writing Skills

  • Projects

  • Building your child's confidence

  • Using a variety of teaching techniques including modeling, observing, questioning, and reinforcing

  • Discussing lessons and progress of students with parents and teachers

  • Provide ressources for parents and their child

  • ...and much more!


Karen Potter

Karen grew up in Montreal and has lived in Ottawa since 1992. She began her career as a Dental Hygienist working alongside oral and maxillofacial surgeons at the Montreal General Hospital for McGill University. Following that, she spent five years working at the Ontario Public Health Unit as the supervisor to the Dental Department in Timmins, Ontario. Karen provided hygiene services to schools, daycares, geriatric homes, media releases, teaching pre-natal courses and setting up information booths across North Eastern Ontario. Karen became highly involved volunteering at her children's schools in Orleans and eventually worked in a school board for 15 years. Karen worked with hearing impaired students and then alongside the speech therapy team to assist verbal & non-verbal children with communication disorders, delays and behavioral disorders. She has received training in Selective Mutism, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intervention for Reading and Writing, and participated in many workshops regarding children's behavior. 

As a bilingual tutor with Key to Speech, Karen strives to provide a positive, fun and motivating learning environment to help children reach their full potential. A session in tutoring would be an hour long, that way there is ample time to converse with the child and have them more relaxed and engaged. It gives us time to get to know each other in a fun learning environment. Karen has a passion to helping children achieve their academic growth, whether it is naming letters, their sounds, comprehension of texts and writing.


In her spare time, Karen enjoys doing a variety of outdoor sports and activities with family and friends and walking in the woods with her dogs Mille & Mya.