About Sheila Rowe

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sheila began her professional life as a teacher and received her B.A.(Education) from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1984. During her first 5 years of teaching in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario, Sheila encountered many children presenting with severe difficulty in language, reading and writing development. Sheila then made the decision to switch careers and to specialize in Speech-Language Pathology. In 1991 she graduated from University of Toronto with a M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Pathology, and achieved awards for Academic Excellence (1990) Academic Excellence-Outstanding Graduate (1991), Clinical Excellence (1991) and Student Research (1991 and 1992). Sheila’s desire to improve the reading and writing skills of her students lead her to write an instructional book for teachers entitled “Phonological Awareness Success: A Step-By-Step Activity Guide (Eau Claire, WI, Thinking Publications, 2002). This publication for teachers focuses on strategies for successful early reading instruction for children at risk for difficulty.

Sheila has worked for over 24 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the school system in the western region of Newfoundland and Labrador. During that time she has also provided some private Speech-Language Pathology services to preschool children and adults. Sheila has a special interest in language development and disorders for both children and adults, and has extensive experience with articulation, motor speech, and stuttering disorders. Sheila specializes in reading, writing and spelling difficulties/disorders and is continuing studies in this field through training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to intervention for dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

Sheila has served on the executive of the provincial Speech-Language Pathology Association and served as the provincial Conference Chairperson on three occasions. Sheila currently serves as an executive member with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sheila was born in Grand Falls, NL, and now makes her home in Rocky Harbour. She tries to keep physically active with skiing, walking, and biking and enjoys the outdoor life in Gros Morne National Park. Sheila is involved with the Gros Morne Academy School Council and the Rocky Harbour Library Board, but spends a lot of time transporting her teenage son to his various activities.