Speech Therapy

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The speech therapy department at Bridgeway Academy is dedicated to providing evidence-based services for their clients with communication needs. The nationally- and state-licensed speech-language pathologists evaluate and provide treatment for articulation, phonology, expressive/receptive language and social/pragmatic deficits. Speech therapy sessions are conducted in the 1:1 setting, small groups or dyads, classroom-based settings and in co-treatment sessions with occupational therapy, physical therapy, music therapy and psychology. Bridgeway Academy is nationally recognized as one of seven LAMP Centers of Excellence in the country. LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) is a set of principles related to speech-device programming and therapeutic intervention. Many of Bridgeway Academy’s speech therapists are LAMP Certified Professionals. Most of Bridgeway Academy’s speech therapists are trained in the Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) method.


Meet Our Speech Therapists

Lindsey Paden Cargill, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Therapy Manager
In her ten years at Bridgeway Academy, Lindsey has focused her clinical development and continuing education in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and is level two PROMPT trained. This school year, Lindsey is working with a professor at The Ohio State University on several research studies on using AAC with children with autism.

In addition to her positions as speech-language pathologist and Therapy Manager at Bridgeway Academy, Lindsey is a trainer for the Center for AAC and Autism’s Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) program and has trained across the country and the United Kingdom. She has presented at a variety of national and international conferences including the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Communication Matters and Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) conferences.

Prior to working at Bridgeway Academy, Lindsey worked in a pediatric outpatient clinic, a craniofacial clinic and in a school for children with hearing impairments. Lindsey received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Florida and maintains membership in the ASHA Special Interest Group for AAC.

Samantha Lyle, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist and Speech Therapy Department Supervisor
Sam is the speech department supervisor and one of the speech therapists in Bridgeway Academy’s Theater Groups.  She has been with Bridgeway Academy since June 2010.  Sam is a LAMP Certified Professional; level two PROMPT trained; trained in the Hunter Heartbeat Method; and, received an Award for Continuing Education from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.  She has presented at several conferences including OCALI, Milestones and various music therapy conferences on the topics of collaboration, social skills and augmentative and alternative communication.  She is excited to present this year at the Arts & Autism conference on the topic of food exposure and acceptance as well as ASHA on the topic of AAC with children with autism.  Sam graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, both from The Ohio State University.

Jennifer Swetnam, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Jen has been working at Bridgeway Academy since June of 2012. She is level two PROMPT trained and is a LAMP Certified Professional. She has presented at the Milestones Conference in Cleveland on the topic of incorporating the LAMP approach while using the LAMP Words for life app on the iPad. In April of 2016, she attended a Social Thinking™ training by Michelle Garcia Winner. Jen received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Akron.

Cassie Wilhelm, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Cassie is a Speech-Language Pathologist for children in preschool through high school.  She has been with Bridgeway Academy since 2012.  She is a representative of the staff Continuing Education Team that arranges for speakers to present on a variety of topics throughout the year. She is level two PROMPT trained and a LAMP Certified Professional.  In April of 2016, Cassie attended a Social Thinking™ training by Michelle Garcia Winner. She has experience working with children with Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, fluency disorders, social-pragmatic deficits, language disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication needs.  In June 2015, Cassie presented at Milestones Autism Conference on social-language groups for music therapy and speech-language therapy co-treatment. Cassie coordinates undergraduate students who are interested in volunteering and observing within the speech department and hearing screenings with audiologists from The Ohio State University for Bridgeway Academy.

Sarah Wagner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Sarah has been working at Bridgeway Academy as a Speech-Language Pathologist since June 2013.  Sarah is LAMP certified and level two trained in PROMPT.  During her undergraduate career, Sarah was an ABA Therapy team member.  She has experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, articulation/phonological, language, and fluency disorders.  Sarah received her Bachelors of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University and her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Miami University.

Alexa Reck, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Alexa has been at Bridgeway Academy since August 2013. She has attended training in the Hunter Heartbeat Method for integrating Shakespeare based theater-games into work with children with autism, and she is one of the speech therapists collaborating with music therapists in Bridgeway Academy’s Theater Groups.  Alexa has completed training in PROMPT treatment for articulation and is a LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) Certified Professional. In Spring 2016, she also attended a two-day training by Michelle Garcia Winner on social skills for those with autism (https://www.socialthinking.com/). Alexa graduated with her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University in 2013. Prior to becoming a SLP, Alexa earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English, and she spent 17 years managing bookstores for Barnes and Noble. She continues to enjoy incorporating books into her work.

Laura Gilbert M.A. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Laura joined Bridgeway Academy in August 2013. She has experience working with autism, speech generating devices, receptive, expressive, and social language, articulation and phonology, and fluency disorders. She is working toward her LAMP certification and is level two PROMPT trained. In April of 2016, she attended a Social Thinking™ training by Michelle Garcia Winner. Prior to joining Bridgeway Academy, Laura worked in the public school setting. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Akron.

Kara Stull, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Kara joined the Bridgeway Academy speech team in June 2014.  Kara has experience working with individuals of all ages with a variety of speech and language impairments, including preschool language development, Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing loss, feeding, and Augmentative Alternative Communication.  She has attended trainings in early intervention, social language development, and AAC, and is currently working toward her LAMP certification.  Kara received her Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University in 2012, and her Master’s Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Akron in 2014.

Rachel Harmon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Rachel joined Bridgeway Academy as a Speech-Language Pathologist in June 2015. During her undergraduate and graduate career, Rachel was an ABA Therapy team member.  She has experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, articulation/phonological disorders, expressive, receptive and social language disorders, and fluency disorders.  Rachel received her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Bowling Green State University and her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at The Ohio State University.

Lana Dennison, M.S., CCC-SLP
Lana joined the Bridgeway Academy speech therapy department in February of 2016.  She has experience working with children who have autism and other developmental delays as well as articulation, phonological, language and fluency impairments.  She is interested in augmentative and alternative communication and has experience with a variety of speech generating devices.  Lana has completed applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for several years with children on the autism spectrum.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Miami University.  She plans to become LAMP and PROMPT certified.

Chelsey Grimes, M.A., CF-SLP
Chelsey joined Bridgeway Academy in February 2016.  She has experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, receptive, expressive, and social language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, hearing loss, speech generating devices, and feeding and oral motor disorders.  Chelsey received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University in 2012, and her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 2015.  She is also a certified autism intervention specialist through Kent State University.

Jackie Soler, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jackie joined Bridgeway Academy in September 2016. She is a LAMP certified professional and plans to become PROMPT trained. She has experience treating both children and adults who present with speech, language, and/or swallowing deficits. Prior to Bridgeway Academy, Jackie worked in an autism school as well as in skilled nursing facilities. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University and her Masters of Science degree from West Virginia University.

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