Click to Call: 425.985.8515
make an appointment
MAKE A PAYMENT

susan l. cohn & associates

710 NW Juniper Street Suite 108 Issaquah WA 98027

Our Team

See What Our Clients are Saying About Amy

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 American Speech & Hearing Association National Convention in Orlando, FL.  In 2018, she co-presented (with Amber and Toddie) a Poster Session at the American Speech & Hearing Association 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 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 among all of the children we serve.” ~ Amy

Amber Zielinski, M.S., 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

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 (Go Cougs!). 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 implemented Motor Language Groups for children 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) and fluency disorders.  Amy enjoys working closely with her patients, their families, and other members of their care team to develop functional, effective, and successful communication plans.  She relies heavily on family input to best determine treatment strategies that will create patient success.  Amy bases her therapy techniques on following the child’s lead, providing them choices and control in their treatment sessions, and “meeting the child where they are at” to facilitate a strong sense of empowerment and motivation in order to increase successful communication. Amy is licensed by the Washington State Department of Health and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Amy loves “all things girly,” crafts, reading, and spending time with her three children, husband, and two dogs.

“I love being a speech-language pathologist because watching a child grow and become confident in their own voice is gratifying 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

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.

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

Jess Kaufmann, M.S., CF

jess@susancohnandassociates.com

Jess began her college career at age 16 through Washington’s Running Start program. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Seattle University and Washington State University, graduating summa cum laude with majors in English literature and philosophy and a minor in history. In 2020, Jess earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at James Madison University. (With Jess’s permission to share) While earning her Bachelor’s degree, Jess’s two sons were each diagnosed with congenital communication disorders. Years of hard work alongside her sons and their intervention teams allowed the boys to flourish as communicators, and in the midst of it, Jess found her true calling as an SLP.

Jess completed part of her Masters Clinical Externship in our practice in 2019 under the supervision of Amy Svensson MA, CCC-SLP, Amber Zielinski MS, CCC-SLP, and Cassie Callaghan, MA, CCC-SLP. We are excited to have her join our Team as a Clinical Fellow.

Jess enjoys working with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. In addition to working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), she specializes in developmental language and treating those whose communication difficulties are impacted by cognitive conditions such as traumatic injury, mood disorders, and Attention Deficit Disorders. She is trained in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment. When not in the clinic or wrangling two growing boys, she enjoys homestead living, playing chess, and the great outdoors.

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.

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

Purchase and Read Toddie’s New Book, Summer Melody

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

Susan L. Cohn and Associates