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Amy Svensson M.A., CCC-SLP (Owner)

a.svensson@susancohnandassociates.com

Amy earned her Master’s degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences at Washington State University in 2000.  She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998.  Prior to becoming the owner of Susan L. Cohn & Associates in 2010, Amy worked in public schools, private practice, and as building coordinator for special education services. In 2014, Amy had the prestigious honor to serve as a co-presenter at the ASHA National Convention in Orlando, FL.  In 2018, she co-presented (with Amber and Toddie) a Poster Session at the ASHA National Convention in Boston, MA. In addition to managing operations of the practice, Amy provides diagnostic and treatment of speech and language disorders for children and adolescents with special interest working with children diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum, those children who present with articulation disorders, & those who have deficits in language acquisition. She is licensed by the state of Washington and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  On a more personal level, Amy is a recent breast cancer warrior! She was diagnosed March, 2018 and has found a new passion for advocating for early detection.

“I love being a speech-language pathologist because it is such an honor to play a role in a child’s communication journey assisting them in becoming effective communicators.  I love working as a collaborative team with parents, caregivers, and other professionals to ensure carryover of learned skills to other communication settings outside of the treatment room.  As the owner of the practice, I have the privilege to witness so much growth and progress amongst all of the children we serve.” ~ Amy

 

 

Toddie Downs

Toddie Downs M.A., CCC-SLP

t.downs@susancohnandassociates.com

Toddie earned her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from Kent State University in 1998. Her career began in Ohio, where she worked at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, first as a rehabilitation SLP for inpatients and outpatients, and then as a feeding specialist, where she was part of an interdisciplinary feeding team working with children with pediatric feeding disorders of all types. She also worked in the Shaker Heights school district in Shaker Heights, Ohio as the designated SLP in the middle school’s classroom for children with multiple disabilities. Upon moving to Washington in 2004, she has worked in the private practice sector with Susan L. Cohn & Associates. Toddie specializes in AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), reading disorders, word retrieval difficulties and other expressive language issues, and Apraxia of Speech; she is  trained in Level 1 of the PROMPT system. During her time, with Susan Cohn and Associates, she has been an amazing Supervisor and Mentor to Graduate Student clinicians sharing her skills and expertise as well as continuing to learn from our wonderful students. In 2018, Toddie co-presented (with Amber and Amy Svensson) a Poster Session at the ASHA National Convention in Boston. MA. She holds a Washington state license and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Toddie loves travel, technology, reading, writing, and knitting.

“I love being a speech-language pathologist because there’s nothing better than a child’s smile when he/she can communicate effectively!” ~ Toddie

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Danielle NelsonDanielle Barber, M.S., CCC-SLP

d.barber@susancohnandassociates.com

Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Hearing Sciences at Washington State University in 2009 (Go Cougs!), then earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders & Sciences at the University of Redlands in Southern California in 2011. She has gained invaluable experience by working simultaneously for the Issaquah School District in preschool and elementary settings, as well as at Susan Cohn and Associates since 2012. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Danielle spent her summers working as a clinician with Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes in Bellevue; she is trained in their programs Seeing Stars and Visualizing & Verbalizing. In addition, Danielle has Level 1 and Level 2 Certification for PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). While she loves all things communication related, Danielle has particular interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, early/nonverbal communicators, language learning delays, Childhood Apraxia of Speech and fluency disorders. Danielle maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as a Washington state license. When she’s not at the clinic or school, she enjoys spending time hanging out with her husband, son and their two pugs.

“My favorite thing about being an SLP is empowering kids to find their confidence. The kids that we see are here to work on something that is usually very hard for them, so it is incredibly important to approach them in a way that makes them feel successful. It is my hope that at the end of every session, a child can feel that they worked hard and can leave feeling good about their efforts.” ~Danielle

 

Amy Smith

Amy Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP

a.smith@susancohnandassociates.com

Amy earned her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from Washington State University in 2005. She served one year in a low-income school district with a high prevalence of English Language Learner (ELL) students. Amy then worked in local school districts for an additional three years, focusing on Early Childhood Education students, as well as programs developed solely for students on the Autism Spectrum, and students with moderate to severe delays.  Amy has developed and carried out Motor Language Groups for students with both communication and motor delays in collaboration with Occupational Therapists, and has served on the Assistive Technology team in the school district.  She has worked at Susan Cohn & Associates since 2009.  Amy specializes in early childhood expressive and receptive language delays, speech articulation and phonology, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC); she enjoys working with children with Down Syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy, and helping any child communicate more effectively. Amy holds a Washington state license, as well as a Washington state certificate as an Educational Staff Associate; she is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Amy loves “all things girly” and spending time with her family, especially her three young children.

“I love being a speech-language pathologist because watching a child grow and become confident in their own voice is so special and rewarding.” ~ Amy

Cassie Callaghan, M.A., CCC-SLP

c.callaghan@susancohnandassociates.com

Cassie earned her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at San Diego State University where she also completed her undergraduate studies (Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa).  She has 16 years of experience, 10 of which were in the public schools in California and Washington working with preschool through elementary age students with a variety of communicative disorders. While in San Diego, Cassie supervised and mentored Clinical Fellows which is the final requirement speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must fulfill in order to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in our field. More recently, Cassie worked in the Issaquah School District (WA) focusing primarily on preschool age children with receptive and expressive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders and speech production delays.  Cassie has been part of the Susan Cohn and Associates “Family” since 2014.  During this time, she has been an amazing Supervisor and Mentor to Graduate Student clinicians sharing her skills and expertise as well as continuing to learn from our wonderful students. Cassie holds a Washington state license and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She enjoys reading, traveling and being active with her two kids and husband.

“I love being a speech-language pathologist because working with children and families is what I believe I was meant to do with my life. Watching children grow, learn and become confident communicators brings me so much joy.” ~ Cassie

Tracy Sexton, M.A., CCC-SLP

t.sexton@susancohnandassociates.com

Tracy joined Susan Cohn and Associates in 2014. She earned her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Case Western Reserve University in 1999. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to coming to Susan Cohn and Associates, Tracy worked in the public schools. She is experienced providing speech/language services to children of all ages. Tracy has a special interest in working with children with hearing loss. She attended an immersion sign program to improve her sign vocabulary and has experience providing aural habilitation. Tracy also has experience working with children presenting with apraxia of speech, expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and auditory processing disorders. Also, Tracy is certified with the Hanen Approach “It Takes Two” for early intervention.  Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and children, swimming, biking, running, & camping. Tracy holds her WA State license and is certified by the American Speech Hearing Association.

“I love being a speech language pathologist because I love being able to empower children with the ability to share their thoughts, ideas, needs, wants, and love!” ~ Tracy

Darci Jones

darciDarci is our wonderful and AMAZING Billing Manager! She is the face behind all those billing statements, calls & e-mails, benefit verifications, authorizations, appeals, ON & ON! She is also the clinic’s bookkeeper. Darci has been in the field of medical billing for 30 years and has been doing bookkeeping & accounting for 32 years. In her free time Darci enjoys her dog, crafting, gardening, and spending time with her family.

amberAmber Zielinski, MS, CCC-SLP

amber@susancohnandassociates.com

Amber earned her Master of Science Degree in Communication Disorders at Boston University’s Sargent College in 1997. Amber has worked in the schools (public, private, inner-city and alternative), pediatric rehabilitation, research, hospitals and private practice. She loves working with any child with a communication disorder. Her specialties include autism, apraxia, pragmatic language impairments (social skills), and childhood articulation and language disorders.  She has been trained in a variety of therapy approaches for children with autism under Barry Prizant ~ SCERTS, Tamara Kasper ~ Verbal Shaping, Michelle Garcia Winner ~ Social Thinking, and Ross Greene ~ Collaborative Proactive Solutions. Amber has also found an interest in evaluating myofunctional disorders. In 2018, Amber co-presented (with Amy Svensson and Toddie) a Poster Session at the ASHA National Convention in Boston, MA. During her time, with Susan Cohn and Associates, she has been an amazing Supervisor and Mentor to Graduate Student clinicians sharing her skills and expertise as well as continuing to learn from our wonderful students. She holds an ASHA certification and a WA state license in speech-language pathology.

She enjoys hiking, triathlons and spending time with her husband, 2 children, 2 dogs and a guinea pig!

“I love being a speech-language pathologist because I love making a difference in the life of a child by helping them communicate more effectively!” ~ Amber

Emily Johnson M.A., CCC-SLP

e.johnson@susancohnandassociates.com

Emily graduated with her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University in 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University in 2011.

During her studies, Emily was able to obtain experience with the Hanan Programs which are programs for parents and educators to help both assume a primary role in promoting the social, language and literacy skills of young children. http://www.hanen.org/Programs.aspx. Before joining Susan Cohn and Associates in 2017, Emily spent three years in a local school district with a high prevalence of English Language Learners (ELL) and low-income families. Emily specializes in therapy for children with Autism, articulation and phonology delays, and expressive-receptive language delays. She also enjoys working with children presenting with fluency disorders. Emily holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as a Washington State License, and an Educational Staff Associate Certificate.  Emily enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with her husband, two sons, and dog.

“I love being a speech-language pathologist because I get the opportunity to help a child communicate their wants, needs, and better express themselves.” ~ Emily

Rebecca Fay

rebecca@susancohnandassociates.com
Rebecca joins our Team as our Office Administrator. She grew up in Las Vegas, NV where she attended the University of Las Vegas (UNLV). She worked in the library system for over a decade; moving on to working as a paralegal for a well-established family and domestic law firm. She later moved into the Chamber of Commerce field. Her love of small business and leadership development kept her in this career for ten years. She is a 2010 graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management and proudly served on the Regent’s Board of Directors for this program for three years. Rebecca worked for the city of Henderson (NV) Chamber of Commerce running their foundation, leadership program, economic development awards program, business education seminars and the business incubator. Rebecca relocated to WA from NV with her family in 2016. She joined Susan Cohn and Associates in 2017. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughter, and the family’s two dogs. Rebecca has taken a particular liking to the Pacific Northwest and all the beauty the area has to offer.

Isla Ann Svensson

was born on August 6, 2014. She joined Amy Svensson’s (Owner of Susan Cohn and Associates) family on 10/4/14. Her first official day in the clinic was 9/16/15. Isla was bred as a cross-breed ~ Aussiedor. Her Dad is 100% Australian Shepherd and Mom is 100% Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Papers from the breeder are available upon request. IMG_2037Vaccinations are current and posted in the waiting room. Isla has undergone formal training at River Dog Training School as well as informal training living in a family with young children surrounded by constant chaos that ensues in the home on a daily basis included but not limited to, nail painting, tutu wearing, tea parties, being read to and stuffed animal burying (“I Spy Isla”). She spent the 1st eleven months of her life as a young Jedi training under King Louie Svensson, the Svensson family’s 15-year old lab rescue (7/4/00 to 8/4/15). 1620627_10152413160334499_4752251800847867306_nIsla is not a fan of baths, rides in the car, or broccoli. She loves ham, hikes, dog parks, socks (the dirtier the better), digging holes, & lying in the warm sun. Isla finds most comfort in being surrounded by people and other dogs. If given a choice, she would be nestled up close rather than be on her own, well, unless it involves one of the above fore-mentioned favorites. She is truly loyal, loves unconditionally, and desires to be needed. It was always Amy’s goal to have a clinic dog to bring to work having first hand experience of the positive effects dogs have on people, with special needs or not. Amy was raised with dogs and has always had one in her life. The comfort and love a pet can bring to one’s soul and well-being is immeasurable. For more information on this topic, please visit: http://www.pawsforpeople.org/who-we-are/benefits-of-pet-therapy/