Brenton Black is a former pediatric nurse who began a career in healthcare in 2012. Since that time he has transitioned to the field of Speech and Language Pathology. Since that transition he has continued to expand his knowledge and interest in treating the pediatric population, and plans to pursue a career in the public schools. He also plans to pursue a doctorate. Throughout his time working in the health sciences, he has had a passion for research. He hopes to combine his passion for children’s learning processes with his interest in research to further advance the best known practices available to encourage positive speech and language outcomes in all children from an early age.
Jennie Bjorem, MA, CCC-SLP, received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University and graduated from Truman State University with her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 1999. She has a great understanding from a parent perspective as she has a young child with special needs. She is the owner of Children’s Therapy Services in Leawood, Kansas. At the clinic, they provide a wide range of pediatric services and run the only private peer model preschool for 2-4 year olds in the Kansas City area. Prior to establishing Children’s Therapy Services in 2002, Jennie worked as a school-based speech pathologist with children ages 3-12. She has been working with the birth to three population through state programs and private practice since 2001. Jennie’s area of expertise is in early intervention birth through 5 and childhood apraxia of speech. She is listed in the Apraxia Kids provider directory for treating children with apraxia of speech. She enjoys working with parents providing education to help encourage their children in all areas of development. Jennie has presented to parent groups and speech therapists on topics of early speech-language development, the power of play, apraxia, picky eating and parenting influence on behavior in young children. Jennie is the creator of the Bjorem Speech Sound Cues for acquisition of speech and literacy. With her growing caseload of children with apraxia, she saw a need for visual cueing that young children could understand. Jennie designed, produced and self-published the cue set.
Sarah Carmody Remy, MS, CCC-SLP, has several years of experience providing multilingual speech and language services. She practices at the Nemours / Alfred I du Pont Hospital for Children in their Deptford, New Jersey outpatient satellite center. She was previously affiliated with the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center in the Bronx, has contracted local school New Jersey school districts and provides services through a small private practice. Her therapeutic focus is with children age birth to 21, with communication challenges that include speech and language impairment, social pragmatic difficulties, voice disorders, feeding impairment, apraxia and other motor speech impairments. Sarah obtained her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus in multilingualism and multiculturalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Boston College. Sarah is fluent in French and Spanish, having spent time providing volunteer speech and language services in a Children’s Hospital in Bolivia and working as an English Teaching Assistant in France.
Julie Case, MA, MA, CCC-SLP, Julie Case is a speech language pathologist and doctoral candidate in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University. Ms. Case has been working under the advisement of Dr. Maria Grigos and is currently completing her dissertation, which is supported by a doctoral student research grant provided by Apraxia Kids Her research interests include speech motor development and motor speech disorders in children, with a particular interest in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Sue Caspari, MA, CCC-SLP, is nationally recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Sue has published scholarly articles on CAS, and is regularly invited to conduct workshops around the country on CAS. Sue has recently joined the faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Temple University, where she is an instructor and clinical supervisor of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Treatment, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE) Center. Sue is the owner of Caspari and Colleagues, LLC, a group of SLPs dedicated to providing services to children with CAS; and the director of an intensive 5-week summer program for children with CAS.
Amy Clark, MS, CCC-SLP, is a treatment clinician and CARES representative at Children’s Minnesota. She has 20 years of extensive experience working with children with developmental delays, motor speech disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and language disorders. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency and is licensed in Minnesota. She has been responsible for providing supervision for other speech-language pathologists and graduate students. She became a Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) Instructor in 2008 and presents regularly throughout the US and Canada. Amy has a special interest in motor speech disorders and PROMPT. She is driven and thankful to share what she has learned throughout her years in practice to help other SLPs grow clinically and most importantly help patients reach their full potential.
Carrie Don MS, CCC-SLP, is the owner and sole service provider of the Speech, Language and Wellness Center LLC and is the Director of the AAC Camp sponsored by Mission Voice. Carrie Don received her Master of Science degree from the School of Graduate Medical Education, Speech-Language Pathology program at Seton Hall University in 2001, and has 17 years of clinical experience with children through Early Intervention, Public School, Pediatric Rehabilitation and Private Practice. Carrie Don maintains her ASHA and NJ state credentials through ongoing continuing education and has acquired advanced levels of training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Apraxia Kids Intensive 2014, Wilson Language Based Reading System – Level 1 and PROMPT Level 1. Ms. Don’s areas of interest and expertise are in the areas of Childhood Apraxia Speech (CAS), Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Dyslexia, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and Language Development and Disorders.
Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice. She received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her M.S. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has found her niche working in early intervention, providing family-centered services in the child’s natural learning environment. Cari is a therapist, a consultant and a nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most…TALK! She has an energetic personality and this translates to a high-energy speaking style. She also has a son with autism and apraxia and can therefore discuss relevant issues both as a professional and as a parent. Cari recently co-authored a book with Dave Hammer titled “The SLP’s Guide to Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech.”
Jill Eversmann, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience and a Signing Time Academy instructor. She owns SPEECH SIGNS, LLC, in Columbia, SC, is an adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor at Columbia College, SC, and a local, state and national presenter. She loves working with young children and their families and sharing the many benefits signing can offer to children with speech and language delays and disorders as well as to typically developing children. Jill received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University, VA and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University, MD. She is ASHA certified and licensed in SC.
Margaret Fish, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Northbrook, Illinois, with 35 years’ experience as a pediatric SLP. Her primary professional interests are in the areas of children’s speech sound disorders, language disorders, and social language development. Margaret is the author of the book, “Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech,” now in its Second Edition. She is a frequently invited speaker at local, state, and national workshops. Her workshops and writing focus on providing practical, evidence-based ideas to support clinicians working with children with CAS. Margaret serves on the Professional Advisory Council for Apraxia Kids and is a topic area advisor for the SpeechPathology.com Advisory Board.
Kay J. Giesecke, MS, CCC-SLP, received a BFA from Southern Methodist University (1971) and a MS from University of Texas in Dallas (1996) -‐ both in communication disorders. She worked for twelve years (1971-‐1983) as a public school speech-‐language pathologist and has been in private practice in speech-‐ language pathology since 1992. She has specialized in treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) since 1996, founding two private practices in Texas that specialize in the treatment of children diagnosed with CAS, Apraxia Dallas and Apraxia Austin. Currently, 70% of the caseload at the initial private practice, Apraxia Dallas, has a diagnosis of CAS, which includes clients from all over Texas. Ms. Giesecke has both her Texas state license to practice speech-‐language pathology and her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and shearing Association. She has been presenting workshops about CAS at conventions, regional educational service centers, and school districts since 2005.
Carla C. Hall, MA CCC-SLP, serves as a Clinical Specialist at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric Rehabilitation in Winter Park, FL and is a graduate of the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute on CAS. She has worked extensively with young children and families in a variety of settings including: public schools, home health services, hospitals and universities. Carla has conducted workshops focusing on early intervention and parent education for local school districts and state conferences, as well as educating SLP’s in the area of CAS She gains immense satisfaction in working with young children which offers her the greatest opportunity to work with families directly.
Heather Hamilton, MS CCC-SLP, is Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She operates her private practice, Keystone Pediatric Therapy, in Northampton, PA. Heather also contracts with early intervention and 2 other practices to provide services to children with CAS. Along with apraxia, Heather specializes in augmentative and alternative communication. She organizes the Greater Allentown Walk for Apraxia as well as the Lehigh Valley Apraxia Network, a support group for parents and professionals. Heather is married and has 3 children ages 10, 8 and 6.
Dave Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Vice President of Programming for Apraxia Kids. Prior to this position, Dave had 35 years of pediatric clinical experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech, speech sound disorders, and childhood/adolescent stuttering. He has been invited to present over 150 workshops on childhood apraxia, speech sound disorders and stuttering throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. Dave was a member of the ASHA AdHoc committee on childhood apraxia of speech. He has been involved in the production of a number of apraxia-related DVD’s and an innovative children’s CD. Dave was instrumental in the development of a unique preventative stuttering treatment approach using a wireless microphone feedback system to teach critical parental strategies. Dave is known for his practical and therapy-rich presentations.
Kenda Hammer, MEd, is a University of Pittsburgh graduate of Child Development and Early Childhood Education with a strong background in literacy. Through the school district where she worked, first as a kindergarten teacher for 25 years, she founded and directed a family literacy center in an underserved section outside of Pittsburgh for the remaining10 years of her career. That experience further enhanced her deep connection to the philosophy and work practices of Fred Rogers, himself an earlier graduate of the same foundational program. As an active participant since Apraxia Kids’ inaugural national conference in 2004, when chosen to co-present the “Literacy” breakout sessions, Kenda has worked with families and their children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In this vein, Kenda seeks to deepen teaching/learning and caring/sharing. She has contributed from many roles that include: Wife – Mother –Traveler – Early Literacy/Child Development Specialist and Consultant – Early Childhood/Parent Educator – Kindergarten Teacher/Researcher – University Adjunct Faculty/Student Teaching Supervisor – Play/Technology/Collaboration Coach – Professional Development Coordinator – Innovator – Program Founder – Speaker. Kenda encourages us to lead children to think, talk, read, play, engage, and create through meaningful explorations. As an advocate for these experiences with children of all abilities within their respective families, schools, and communities, Kenda promotes collaboration among parents, professionals, administrators, and decision-makers to support students’ achievement and maintenance of gains, important to carryover from one setting to another.
Marleah Herman-Umpleby, MS, has been a clinical content specialist with Tobii Dynavox for 9 years, most currently as Manager of Clinical Outcomes, with focus to cultivate connections with customers and users and bring their experiences and voices to the product development process. Her background with individuals with complex communication needs led to interest in collaborating with teams on effective interventions and supporting positive outcomes in AAC. She obtained her M.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
Elaine Hitchcock, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State University and Director of the MSU-Clinical Biofeedback Laboratory. Dr. Hitchcock’s primary research interests involve the subcategory of phonology, specifically in the area of visual biofeedback treatment for speech sound disorders as well as exploring developmental phonology using acoustic analysis (i.e., voicing acquisition). In an effort to explore the role of biofeedback for the treatment of speech sound errors, Dr. Hitchcock, in collaboration with other researchers, have completed a number of single subject multiple baseline research studies. One goal of Dr. Hitchcock’s research is to evaluate the efficacy of visual biofeedback as an intervention method for persistent speech sound errors, specifically targeting the remediation of /r/ from establishment through generalization. These studies have included the use of ultrasound, acoustic/spectral and electropalatography as forms of biofeedback. In sum, the findings from these studies provide increasingly strong evidence that visual biofeedback intervention can succeed in eliciting correct productions from children whose speech errors have not responded to other forms of treatment; a finding which is well supported in the current literature. However, many of the recent biofeedback research has identified a limitation of biofeedback treatment: generalization of gains made in treatment is not automatic. Thus, generalization and maintenance of newly acquired phonemes has since become an additional focus in her research via exploration of the challenge point framework as adapted for speech intervention.
Sharron Holland, a native of Watkins Glen, NY, has spent the last 17 years in an art room sharing her passion and love for art with her high school students. Though becoming a teacher later in her life, she has always felt it is her true calling, as far as a career goes. At the same time, holding the role as “Mom” has been the most inspiring and joyful to date. She feels that 25+ years of being a Mom has really helped her as a teacher of children. Her passion for learning, travel and healthy living help to inspire her in all aspects of her life. Sharron holds a Master’s Degree in Art Education, teaches in an International Baccalaureate School in Corning, NY, and is involved with a variety of church, community and school organizations. She is the mother of 3 children, Casey, Aran and Sean who abound in creativity and enthusiasm and always keep her smiling!
Aran Holland, a native of Watkins Glen, NY, is a young aspiring artist who has a unique perspective on the world, which she beautifully illustrates through a lens. She attributes her “Interesting Eye” for seeing things and capturing a different point of view in part to being diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech when she was a young child. Difficulty with communication helped her to look at things differently and express herself visually. She has taken these challenges and molded them into opportunities. In the summer of 2017, Aran launched her photography business, PURE ELEMENTS, Photography by Aran, specializing in notecards featuring her images. Aran received her High school diploma from Corning Painted Post High School in 2017 and just completed her 1st year at Corning Community College. Her studies include Photography and Early Childhood. She works summers at the local 4-H camp as a counselor. Aran lives at home with her mother and 2 brothers, Casey and Sean, her 2 cats, Izzy and Sam and her old yellow lab, Bella.
Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist, renowned expert in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), and the owner/director of the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, & Social Connections, Inc. in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Since 1979, she has dedicated herself to establishing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), a treatment approach to help children become vocal communicators. Families from around the country and the world travel to the KCC to participate in intensive and specialized therapy programs. Nancy presents nationally and internationally on the subject of CAS and other speech-sound disorders. She has been recognized by the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as received outstanding alumni awards from Michigan State and Wayne State Universities.
Lou LaVecchia is a parent of child with CAS who has successfully advocated for an IEP that has proven successful. He has been self-taught on the laws and rights that all parents with special needs are entitled to in the PPT I IEP process. Lou has a proven record of working with his school district to improve the appropriate services for children in need of speech services. Lou achieved a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Organization from the University of Central Connecticut. He currently is the vice president of All Seasons Landscaping Inc. (ASL) a construction company located in Connecticut. His strongest attributes are negotiating and organizational skills.
Katie Micco, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinical instructor in the Speech Production Disorder Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University where she supervises graduate students in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with speech production disorders. She has been a practicing SLP since 2007 in both the pediatric outpatient and educational settings, focusing on the treatment of children with childhood apraxia of speech, structural speech issues, voice disorders, language disorders, and pragmatic language disorders. In addition to giving frequent presentations on childhood apraxia of speech and AAC at both the local and national levels, Katie is co-author of a chapter on assessment and treatment of CAS in the Speech Pathology Casebook.
Laura L. Moorer, MA, CCC/SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist with 30+ years of experience as a clinician. She is Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and teaches the motor speech disorders graduate class at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). She has presented in local, state and national arenas on CAS. She is completing research and overseeing assessments and provision of services for children with CAS and severe speech sound disorders including an intensive motor planning camp each summer at TWU.
Angela Muis, BA, SLP-A, is a private reading instructor who works with children with speech and language difficulties, a recent SLP-A graduate, and above all the parent of a wonderful boy with resolved apraxia. She has contributed articles to OPPEN-CAS advocating for Ontario’s children with apraxia. Angela is especially passionate about paying forward all the wonderful support she has received from the apraxia community to other families on the same journey.
Megan Overby, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she teaches courses in speech sound development, assessment, and literacy and coordinates the provision of telepractice clinical services. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she worked for several decades as a speech-language pathologist in schools, hospitals, agencies, and university clinics in addition to having maintained a private practice. Megan researches the early development and consequences of CAS and other speech sound disorders and presents frequently on these topics. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. In addition to having written several journal articles, she co-authored with Katie Micco a chapter on assessing and treating CAS in the Speech Language Pathology Casebook.
Karen Pardyjak, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist, currently working for the Granite School District in Salt Lake City, Utah. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Communication Disorders and her Masters of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1996. Karen began her career as a Speech Language Pathologist in the Kyrene School District in Tempe, AZ, where she worked for four years in the preschool program. It was during this time that she became interested in Autism and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Karen then moved to New Mexico and worked for a private clinic and worked as a private consultant for a birth to three program. In 2001, Karen moved to Utah, where she worked for private clinics and completed coursework and research toward her doctorate degree with a focus on Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Karen settled into working as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Utah beginning in 2008 until 2016, when she moved to France.
Lucia Pasquel-Lefebvre, MA, CCC-SLP, is a trilingual, pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in Durham, NC, with 18 year experience in the US and internationally and is Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She has a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Temple University. Lucia specializes in working with children who have limited verbal skills, severe speech sound disorders, are bilingual, and have CAS and Sensory Processing Dysfunction. In addition to private practice, Lucia works in Early Intervention with low-income Spanish-Speaking families and in a Montessori charter school in Chapel Hill.
Kerry Peterson, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA, is the director of applied behavior analysis (ABA) autism program at the Kaufman Children’s Center. She is both a speech-language pathologist and board-certified behavior analyst with unique expertise in autism spectrum disorders. Kerry worked for over 10 years in the public school system where she evaluated and treated children of all ages with autism spectrum disorders, and has taught graduate-level courses in speech-language pathology at Eastern Michigan University as a visiting instructor. Kerry has presented multiple training conferences on autism and related topics. Kerry holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, her master’s from Michigan State University, and her BCBA certification from Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jonathan Preston, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who has been working with children with speech sound disorders for 15 years. He received his PhD from Syracuse University in 2008 and completed postdoctoral training at Haskins Laboratories, an affiliate of Yale University. He is an Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Syracuse University. His research focuses on neurolinguistically-motivated and evidence based treatments for speech sound disorders. He currently has a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study biofeedback treatments and different service delivery models for children with persisting speech sound errors associated with CAS.
Stephanie Radi Klitsch, Esq, is the Assistant Director of Individual Advocacy at Council for Children’s Rights in Charlotte, NC. She manages the Special Education Advocacy for Kids (SpEAK) program. SpEAK protects and advances the educational rights of children with disabilities in Mecklenburg County through legal representation and advocacy. She conducts trainings for parents, community members, and service providers on children’s rights. Additionally, she serves on several community committees, including the Juvenile Law Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar, the Child Fatality Protection and Prevention Team, and the ParentVOICE Advisory Committee. Child advocacy has always been Stephanie’s passion. She graduated from Cornell University in 2007, where she majored in Policy Analysis and Management with a concentration in Family and Social Welfare. Upon graduating, Stephanie worked as an eighth grade science teacher with Teach for America in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for two years. She then earned her law degree from Stanford Law School in June of 2012. During her time at Stanford Law School, Stephanie focused primarily on issues affecting youth. She interned with the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, CA, Council for Children’s Rights in Charlotte, NC, and Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, CA. Stephanie was selected as a 2012 – 2013 Stanford Law School Public Interest Fellow, which allowed her to work to improve educational opportunities for foster youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities at Council for Children’s Rights. During her fellowship, she represented child clients, trained foster care agencies and service providers, and provided community education throughout Mecklenburg County.
Brooke Rea, MClSc,SLP (C), is Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (Canada) in addition to being certified with Speech-Language & Audiology of Canada. Brooke owns a private practice in Guelph, Ontario, restricted to children with Motor Speech Disorders including CAS and spends considerable time supporting professionals and parents with CAS throughout the province. When not at the Clinic, Brooke is running around after three small children with her ridiculously supportive husband.
Denise Santos Ford, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist who owns a clinic in Marin County, California. She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Previously she worked as a teacher of the deaf in Arlington, Texas. She is a graduate of the Apraxia Kids Boot Camp training. Denise has taught and supervised the diagnostic clinic at San Francisco State University.
Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Mayo Clinic. She has worked as a clinician and independent consultant in schools, private practice, private rehabilitation agency, and clinic. Dr. Stoeckel is the author of ASHA web courses on diagnosis and treatment of CAS. She is on the Board of Directors of the Apraxia Kids as liaison to the Professional Advisory Council. In addition to childhood motor speech disorders, interests include learning challenges associated with an early history of speech-language problems and speech-language development in children with low-incidence disorders such as hearing loss. Dr. Stoeckel has presented both nationally and internationally and has co-authored articles appearing in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research and Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Amy Skinder-Meredith, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Washington State University. Her primary clinical and research work is in CAS. She and her colleague, Dr. Potter, run an intensive two-week camp for children with CAS and their families. Camp focuses on motor speech, early literacy, language, parent education, and positive well-being. Dr. Skinder-Meredith has given numerous workshops for practicing SLPs across the country, in Canada and Guatemala.
Nancy Tarshis, MA, MS, CCC/SLP, is Supervisor of Speech and Language Services at Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore. She supervises seven SLPs and numerous graduate students, lectures to medical and psychology residents, participates in research, and serves as adjunct clinical instructor while maintaining a birth-21 clinical practice in diagnoses/treatment. She is an adjunct instructor at NYU and is a consultant to two New York City schools where she trains educational and clinical staff and advises administration on social-emotional learning (SEL) in the academic setting. She is a co-author of Social Thinking’s SEL curriculum, We Thinkers Volume 1 and 2 (formerly “The Incredible Flexible You.”) and their Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS). She teaches nationally and internationally on subjects related to play, social cognition and social emotional learning. Most recently she presented on the co-morbidity of Apraxia and Autism in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Breanna Waldrup, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and the current owner of Apraxia Dallas, PLLC. Breanna earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biology (with a focus on neurobiology) and communication sciences and disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Texas and the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Breanna’s primary area of expertise is motor planning disorders, especially childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), in which she has specialized since 2012. She has attended numerous continuing education courses on motor planning disorders including an invitation only intensive three day work shop with Edythe Strand, PhD, the creator of DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing). She also attended the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Apraxia Kids conferences. Breanna has presented on the diagnosis and treatment of CAS at regional, state and national conventions. She coordinated the 2017 Dallas Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech. Breanna believes strongly that every child has the right to communicate and strives to help each child she works with to find his/her voice.
Amanda Zimmerman, MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in Columbus, OH. She is a graduate of the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology at The Ohio State University. For nearly fifteen years, she has focused on the evaluation and treatment of speech disorders, with a specific interest in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.