Communicate to Connect
Our story started with a seed and a global pandemic. The pandemic was the context in which this seed grew. It was a time when people longed for social interaction and opportunity for communication more than ever before. Coupled with this context, the seed of helping people strengthen their relationships became more important to us than ever before. And from this was born Playground Connections. An organization that helps people communicate to connect. The playground is one of the earliest places of gathering and connection in a person’s life and that was the inspiration for the name.
Who We Are
We’re two Speech Language Pathologists who love what we do and want to share it with the world! We’re also moms to young children and really good friends.
What We Do
At Playground Connections we walk the talk. Communication is at our core and we seek to strengthen relationships through improving communication skills. After all, we Communicate to Connect!
How We Do It
At Playground Connections we offer Parent workshops, Staff Training, Curriculum Development, and Private Speech Language Pathology Services by experienced, registered Speech Language Pathologists who think outside the sandbox. Much of what we do can be done virtually or in person.
Playground Connections is a team of highly qualified Speech-Language Pathologists. All of our Speech-Language Pathologists are registered with the College of Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Each of our Speech and Language Pathologists bring unique expertise and techniques as well as training in specialized courses in a variety of speech and language areas to serve the needs of our valued clients.
Our team is proud of our valuable collaboration with medical professionals and community daycares and schools. We work closely with community partners to help our clients reach their communication goals as well as for parent and staff education purposes.
To build stronger relationships and strengthen our human bonds
At Playground Connections, we strive to:
Why is communication so important?
Build Social Connections
Facilitate Academic Achievement
Managing Director, Speech-Language Pathologist
Farrah Rahim thinks with her heart. This has catapulted her to a successful career in pediatric and adult speech language pathology. Farrah was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. She has 2 young children and a husband with whom she loves to spend time. Farrah completed her B.Sc. in Biopsychology at Western University and her M.Sc. in Speech Language Pathology at Dalhousie University. She started her career working in an outpatient program for people with Traumatic Brain Injuries as well as across various inpatient areas of a local hospital, dealing with both swallowing and communication disorders. She also worked for several years in private practice primarily with the pediatric population. Since 2009, Farrah has been working in the school board setting, supporting students with language and communication difficulties and their teaching staff to ensure that students can be as successful as possible in their academic setting. Farrah also has a passion for giving back to the world and she feels that this is the way to true happiness. She does this through connecting people with resources and helping people see their potential so that they can be changemakers in their own lives. She has mentored many young girls and new immigrants both informally and through a girl’s mentorship program. In the near future Farrah would like to pursue playing the piano and writing a children’s book.
Managing Director, Speech-Language Pathologist
Andrea Rizzuto is a woman of energy and action! She is a mom of two young boys and has a passion for all things speech-language pathology. Andrea was born and raised in the GTA and completed her Master's of Health Sciences in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. Andrea has worked in multi-disciplinary clinics and a Toronto-based school board giving her a wide variety of experience in all areas of pediatric speech language pathology. She has hosted a variety of teacher and parent training workshops on a range of topics related to speech and language issues. Andrea has also served as a Health Guest Editor in CityLife Magazine. Andrea takes great pleasure in working collaboratively with children and their families, and in working towards helping children become effective communicators. She believes that early intervention is effective intervention. When Andrea is not at work, she can be found enjoying her time with her husband and two young boys, watching movies, baking up a storm in the kitchen, and playing on the playground.