Tara has been a speech-language pathologist for over 8 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and a Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Ohio University. Tara maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), where she is also a member of the AAC Special Interest Group. She has exclusively treated children with Autism Spectrum Disorders for the past 6 years in a variety of settings, including preschool, public and private schools, home-based treatment, and outpatient clinic. Her professional experience and training include evaluation, programming, and implementation of various forms of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), social skills training, SOS Approach to Feeding, and using books to support language and literacy development. Tara has a passion for utilizing technology to reach and teach children with autism. She is well versed in using iPads in speech treatment and trains TLS staff on implementing iPads in the classroom.
Carrie has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 4 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ohio University. Carrie is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and has received training in the SOS Approach to Feeding and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum. Carrie has experience working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities in private and public schools, as well as home programs. She is excited about joining the team at The Learning Spectrum.
Megan is a 1999 graduate of The Ohio State University School of Allied Medical Professions School of Occupational Therapy. An occupational therapist of nearly 13 years, she has worked for the past eleven years with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. Megan has developed a strong foundation for using functional play, sensory integrative approaches, and behavioral approaches for therapeutic intervention. Megan has been a therapy supervisor for both occupational and physical therapist as well as an OT Fieldwork Supervisor for both Level I and Level II occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students. She has presented on a variety of topics related to occupational therapy and autism and developed a screening tool to assess children who may need occupational therapy services. Her professional trainings and experience include Astronaut Training, Handwriting Without Tears, PowerPath, and a variety of in-services related to sensory processing and visual perceptual processing. Megan is the proud mother of Kayla, Evan, and Emerie. She continues to be passionate about facilitating success in children and celebrating all of their accomplishments!
Amanda is a recent graduate from Zane State College with an Associates of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is also a 2010 graduate from Denison University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Athletic Training. Amanda has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum since 2006 through direct 1:1 treatments in the home and in the classroom. She is passionate and devoted to helping children on the Autism Spectrum succeed in all aspects of their life.
Megan has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 2006 working with children, adults and seniors with special needs, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s. She also gives adapted music lessons to students seeking instruction in Voice, Piano, and Guitar. Megan attended the State University of New York College at Fredonia where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Therapy in 2005. With her instrumental focus in voice and minor in Psychology, Megan completed a music therapy internship at New Avenues to Independence in Cleveland, OH in 2006. Megan brings energy and enthusiasm to groups and individuals through music interventions unique to each individual need.