Play 2 Learn 4 Life

Children's Therapy Services Inc.

Zoe Raffard, OT

Zoe received her Masters in Occupational Therapy and my Diploma in Infant Development/Supported Child Care from UBC.  Her area of focus was studying children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental coordination disorder (DCD),  and other developmental disabilities.  For Zoe, continuing her education about sensory-processing disorders and mental health issues by attending ongoing conferences and workshops is a top priority.


Giving back to the community is something that is very important to Zoe.  Over the years she has assisted children with therapeutic horse-back riding lessons in Richmond, been a Girl Guide leader for a troop in Victoria, and volunteered with mental health organizations, crisis lines and women's shelters.  Recently, she was involved as a snowboard instructor and kayak-guide to individuals with disabilities in North Vancouver.


Zoe's approach to paediatric occupational therapy is by encouraging children to interact with their environment through a more natural, sensory-based experience combined with a playful developmental approach to learning new motor skills. Therapy should be fun and functional. Having grown up in Vancouver and experiencing firsthand the wide variety of activities available year-round, Zoe believes that BC holds many naturally-occurring resources to help our children and families better cope with our busy lives and ever changing environments.

Zoe is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list and a Community Brain Injury Provider (CBIP) service provider with CFA-BC.  Zoe works in the clinic Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. She has availability for new assessments/intakes.

Marta Canaan, OT

Marta graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006. While studying OT, she worked with children with special needs in summer and day camps, and as a home care attendant for a child. She has extensive experience working with children who have Autism, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, LD, developmental delays and other disabilities from her time working in a therapeutic preschool program and in private practice in Brooklyn, NY. Marta pursued and earned a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2011, and completed a thesis project about the effectiveness of sensory strategies used in a preschool setting. She co-owned and ran a multi-disciplinary pediatric therapy practice in Brooklyn for 6 years, where she provided private OT treatment sessions and assessments, NYC Early Intervention services, and related OT services for children in the public school system. While in Canada, Marta has worked as a student support worker for the Vancouver School Board providing support and accommodations for children with disabilities.


She has taken courses over the years to provide instruction with the Handwriting Without Tears program, Brain Gym, Social Thinking curriculum, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training Protocol, sensory diets, and most recently became an iLs trained practitioner. She also speaks Spanish fluently. Marta helps children develop ways to cope with sensory differences, self-regulate, and acquire desired functional skills through play-based interventions that are evidence-based.


Marta is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list and on the Community Brain Injury Provider (CBIP) service provider list with CFA-BC. Marta works Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. She has a waitlist for in-person therapy

Ellen Au, OT

Ellen is dedicated to her clients and has invested in the education necessary to provide the appropriate interventions to help clients and their families reach their goals. She completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2019 at the University of Sydney, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with a minor in early learning from Simon Fraser University, and a Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma. Ellen has a passion for continued learning about the Occupational Therapy field and is always reading about new evidence based client-centred therapies that she can implement to help her clients succeed.


Ellen has almost a decade of experience working with children and teens in various settings and with multidisciplinary teams. Over the years she has helped children with many different diagnoses and varying levels of learning disabilities. A few of her previous jobs include leading play therapy sessions at a respite hospital in Australia, running groups for early intervention school readiness at a private clinic, and doing 1:1 sessions. Ellen is constantly pulling from her experience to adapt or modify for new, innovative interventions. Her favourite part of the job is celebrating the small but big wins as a client works towards their goal.


When she’s not working, you will find Ellen playing Ultimate Frisbee or out with her run club. She is an active individual and enjoys spending time outdoors and experiencing nature. She also loves to hang out with friends, enjoys pastries and coffee, and traveling to new places to  experience different cultures and food.


Ellen is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), and the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC). She is also in the process of being registered with the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).


Ellen is available on Sundays and Mondays.

Tricia Lang, OT

Tricia has a Master degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.  She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. 

Tricia has advanced training in Sensory Integration evaluation and treatment techniques.  She is a Handwriting Specialist and have obtained the Level 1 Certification by Handwriting Without Tears.  She is an Integrated Listening System (iLs) Practioner.


Tricia have worked for over fifteen years as an Occupational Therapist working in clinics and schools.  She helps children develop the underlying skills necessary for learning and the performance of specific tasks.


Tricia is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list. She works in the clinic on Tuesdays. 

Eunice Tan, SLP

Eunice is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist (RSLP) licensed with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC). She is also a Clinical Educator who provides clinical supervision to SLP students from UBC.


Through more than 15 years of working in public health and private practice, Eunice has developed extensive clinical skills specific to preschool and school-age children. She is especially interested in speech sound disorders and apraxia of speech, fluency (stuttering), social communication/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).


In addition to her Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree from the University of Alberta, Eunice has also completed training in:

  • PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) Introduction Level - Intervention for children with moderate to severe speech sound disorders
  • More Than Words® - The Hanen Program® for parents of children with ASD or social communication difficulties
  • Social Thinking - Strategies for building social competencies
  • Licombe Program - Intervention for children who stutter

Delivering therapy through a play-based approach, Eunice firmly believes that children learn best through fun and play. A major part of her work is also educational, where she involves and trains parents to support their child at home. Family-centred care is fundamental in Eunice’s practice because she knows it takes a village to raise a child. She often partners with parents to collaborate with other family members, teachers, and other health professionals to provide coordinated care.


Eunice provides services in English and Chinese. She is fluent in Cantonese and speaks conversational Mandarin. Eunice expects to be listed as a Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) shortly.


Eunice works at the clinic on Fridays. She is currently accepting new clients

Ayesha Tungekar, Office Administrator 

Ayesha is available in the clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays, and via the admin email on all other weekdays for any inquiries and concerns clients may have. She seeks to provide a positive experience for all those she interacts with.


Ayesha has over a decade of professional and volunteer experience working alongside children and families from all walks of life. Her most notable experience has been working as a Teacher’s Assistant at Maywood Elementary School, a Teen Reading Buddy at the Burnaby Public Library, an Instructor’s Assistant at UBC Fencing Camps, a Youth Network Committee Member with Anxiety Canada, and as a Medical Office Assistant at a local physiotherapy clinic.

212 - 3369 Fraser St. Vancouver BC

admin@play2learn4life.com

604-568-1986

Zoe Raffard, 

OT

Marta Canaan, OT

Ellen Au, 

OT

Eunice Tan, 

SLP

Ayesha Tungekar, Office Administrator