History

Khan Communication Services Inc. is an agency that started in Edmonton, Alberta in 2001.  Nausheen Khan, President and Executive Director,  launched the first expanded outreach telepractice service for schools located in remote areas that had great difficulty accessing services.  Together with Sandy Paddick and Treena Anand, she develped the language enrichment program for First Nation and Metis students. The purpose of the program was to ensure that children of Aborignal backgrounds have early literacy and language skills required for classroom success. The program is currently implemented in kindergarten and Grade 1 classes in Northern Gateway School Division.  

In addition to rural services, the clincians have developed a range of programs for children and teens diagnosed with autism, and other severe disabilities. The Chatter program was developed in 2004 to help adolescent aged children learn social communication skills in a supportive environment .  Currently Chatter is an integrated community program that allows peers an opportunity to mentor children diagnosed with autism. The program is located at the Terwilliger Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.  Students from high school IB programs volunteer to be a mentor, and learn to make a difference in the life of a young person with autism.  

Khan Communication Services was nominated for the Premier's Choice award in 2008 by a group of parents. In 2009 Nausheen Khan was awarded the Innovative Practice award in Rehabilitation Services by the Alberta Rehab Council. In 2010, Karen Manchur, speech language pathologist, won the Horizon award by ACSLPA, for outstanding practices and services developed under Khan Communication Services.