Speech Language TherapyOur Speech Language Pathologists have dedicated their careers to treating children on the spectrum.
A Speech Language Pathologist can help with:
- Pragmatics/Social Language/Functional Communication
- Augmentative Communication Needs (high-tech and low-tech)
- Articulation (speech sounds)
- Dysphagia (feeding and swallowing difficulties)
- Syntax (how words are put together)
- Morphology (smallest units of language)
- Phonology (sounds of a particular language)
- Motor Speech Disorders (Apraxia/Dyspraxia)
- Voice Disorders
How We’re Different
Dr. Tracy Crowe – Speech Language Pathologist & Manager of Center-based Clinical Operations
Tracy is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with 14 years of experience supporting children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. She completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Iowa, a Master’s of Special Education in Autism/ABA at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in Communication Science and Disorders also at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Before coming to AHSS, Tracy worked collaboratively with a variety of professionals in home, school, and clinical environments. At the Thompson Center for Autism in Columbia, MO, she served on multidisciplinary diagnostic and intensive behavior intervention teams. On these teams, she worked closely with BCBAs to design intervention protocols focused on increasing expected means of communication. Tracy also worked as a District-Wide Autism Support Specialist in a large public school system where she helped design behavioral programming for mainstreamed students as well as directly supported five Autism-specific classrooms utilizing ABA techniques.
Colleen Horan – Speech Language Pathologist
Colleen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2011, majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Speech Language Pathology and minoring in Psychology. She went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has extensive clinical experience working one-on-one with students in group and individual settings. As a graduate student intern, she co-lead students with various physical and medical needs at Park School in Evanston/Skokie District #65, a Special Education School. She also evaluated and treated patients with difficulties related to swallowing, cognition, and language, acquiring the skills necessary to evaluate and treat dysphagia at Lexington, Sub-Acute Rehab Facility in LaGrange, IL. Her older sister, who is diagnosed with autism, has been a blessing in her and her family’s lives and she proudly adds, “I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.” Colleen’s exceptional ability to create and maintain a safe, fun, and encouraging environment for both children and parents has made her a welcome and integral addition to the AHSS team.