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 pediatric 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays. She has immediate 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, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She is accepting new referrals for ongoing in-person therapy

Tess Fairburn, SLP

Tess Fairburn completed her Bachelor's degree in Speech Sciences and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia. Tess has worked with children with a variety of speech and language delays or disorders, including children with autism. She has experience implementing therapy plans for a variety of communication needs, including low tech and high tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), speech sound disorders, social communication disorders, as well as receptive and expressive language disorders.

In her clinical practice, she recognizes the importance of a family-centred approach and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Tess encourages families to participate in sessions in order to create goals collaboratively and to maximize carryover of communication skills to all areas of her client's life.

Tess is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) supervision list and is a Community Brain Injury Provider (CBIP) service provider with CFA-BC. She works full-time in the clinic Monday through Friday. She is accepting new referrals based on specific criteria for either zoom or in-person sessions.

Alex Tham, OT

Alex completed his Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2020. He has always had a strong interest in working with children and their families. Alex strives to use a family-centred approach and works hard to ensure that his practices are client-centred, evidence-based and up-to-date. He has been trained in various courses including the Handwriting Without Tears program, the ALERT Program, the Zones of Regulation, the basics of CO-OP, iLs (Focus System), and SOS Approach to Feeding Conference.

Prior to joining the team, Alex had the opportunity to complete a fieldwork placement at the Sunny Hill Health Centre, where he gained experience working with the Positioning & Mobility and the Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions teams. Furthermore, he has recently volunteered with two programs in the Lower Mainland with children who have ASD, DCD, and other developmental disabilities. Alex is also a trained Power Soccer Referee — he officiated at the BC Power Soccer Provincials in 2019.

Being a recent immigrant, Alex is familiar and has explored through research some of the issues that migrant families may face. During his free time, Alex enjoys activities such as watching comedies, playing video games, and building Lego

Alex is accepting new clients in November and will be working weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

Jennifer Marshall, Behaviour Consultant

Jennifer graduated with a Master’s of Special Education with a focus in Autism from UBC and am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has worked for 20 years with children diagnosed with Autism and other disabilities. She has worked primarily as a Behaviour Consultant for the last decade but also had the pleasure of working as a Play Guide for a year and a half in a local non-profit society called Friend2Friend helping to support children in developing play and friendships. She uses Applied Behavior Analysis to teach children new skills in the areas of communication, play, academics, life skills, pay skills and social skills. She has experience developing and running social skills development groups. She also offers Positive Behavior Support services to help parents and other team members manage challenging behavior and teach functional appropriate replacement behaviours. Her focus is to support children and families in ways that are meaningful for the families and playful and engaging for the children. 

Jennifer works closely with Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists and other professionals. She will advocate for children in schools and when invited offer suggestions of support to classroom teachers, preschool teachers and teaching support staff. 

Jennifer is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list. Her caseload is currently full and she has a long waitlist for consultation.

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 Mondays. 

Melina Jahanshahi, RA

Melina works in the clinic on Monday, Friday and Saturday. She is also available for home visits other days of the week. She has been working as a therapy assistant with us now for over 2 years. She is also studying at UBC to get her Psychology degree. She hopes to apply for Occupational Therapy program in the future. She is taking on new clients, that are supervised by an OT and/or SLP. She does clinic sessions, home visits, and assists with groups. She is available Mondays through Fridays, and Saturdays.

212 - 3369 Fraser St. Vancouver BC


Zoe Raffard, 


Marta Canaan, OT

Alex Tham, 


Tess Fairburn, SLP

Jennifer Marshall, BC

Melina Jahanshahi, therapy/admin assistant