Speech Language TherapyOur Speech Language Pathologists have dedicated their careers to treating children on the spectrum.
The Autism Home Support Services Speech Language team brings a comprehensive, collaborative approach to ABA and Speech Language Therapy. Our expert clinical leadership specializes in treating children with autism for a more cohesive treatment plan for your child. Each therapy plan is tailored around your child’s unique needs so that they can grow in the exact areas where it’s needed.
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
Our Speech Language Pathologists have dedicated their careers to treating children on the spectrum. This means they better understand the challenges your child may be facing and how best to overcome them.
Quality therapy is our number one priority, which is why we hav people dedicated to quality assurance and setting quality standards – one of the many reasons AHSS is an industry leader in ABA therapy.
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.
A huge joy of mine is not only the expansion of our center services, but also the collaboration that is happening between ABA and SLP therapies at our centers. Coordination of care has happened via consultative emails, incidental “overlaps” while clients are being served, and during team meetings when approaches are explained to parents in a positive and constructive manner. I am so thankful to work in an environment that is so client-centered where professionals can come together to best meet the needs of our families. It takes effort, communication, and ego-check to openly and honestly discuss how best to approach one particular case from sometimes differing points of view. I’m so proud of AHSS for being this environment. Yay Team!Tracy Crowe, Speech Language Pathologist