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, Director of Therapy Services
As the Director of Therapy Services at Bridgeway Academy, Lindsey coordinates, manages and advocates for collaboration between Speech, Music, Physical and Occupational therapy departments to ensure optimal continuity and quality of care for students and clients.
In her twelve years at Bridgeway Academy, Lindsey has focused her clinical development and continuing education in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Lindsey is a member of a researcher-clinician collaborative partnership with The Ohio State University’s Autism & Child Language Learning Laboratory on multiple research studies and professional papers about using AAC with children with autism.
Lindsey has extensive presenting experience having presented at a variety of national and international conferences including the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 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 Groups for AAC and Administration & Supervision.
Samantha Lyle, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Therapy Department Supervisor
Sam has been with Bridgeway Academy since June 2010 and is the speech department manager. She 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 ASHA, ATIA, OCALI, Milestones, Arts and Autism, and various music therapy conferences on the topics of collaboration, social skills and augmentative and alternative communication. She is excited to continue doing research with The Ohio State University on the topic of AAC implementation. Sam is also eager to learn more this year about the topics of leadership, successful collaboration and community based instruction. 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.
Rachel Harmon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistant Speech Department Supervisor
Rachel joined Bridgeway Academy as a Speech-Language Pathologist in June 2015. In 2018, Rachel began a new role as speech department assistant supervisor. In addition, Rachel coordinates volunteers and observations for the speech department. She is level one PROMPT trained and a LAMP Certified Professional. During her undergraduate and graduate career, Rachel was an ABA Therapy team member. Rachel has experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, literacy, 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.
Sarah Wagner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Therapy Mentor
Sarah has been working at Bridgeway Academy as a Speech-Language Pathologist since June 2013. In 2018, Sarah began her new role as Therapy Mentor. Sarah is LAMP certified and level two trained in PROMPT. She has experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, articulation/phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, social language disorders and fluency disorders. During her undergraduate career, Sarah was an ABA Therapy team member. 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
Alexa has been happily employed at Bridgeway Academy since she graduated with her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University in August 2013. During this time, she has attended multiple trainings and conferences, covering subjects such as social skills for young people with autism, improving language and literacy skills for adolescents, and use of Shakespeare-based theater games to target student goals. She has completed training in PROMPT treatment for articulation and is a LAMP Certified Professional. Around Bridgeway, she is an advisor for the Yearbook Club and supports student recognition programs. Prior to becoming a SLP, Alexa earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English, and she spent 17 years managing bookstores around Columbus for Barnes & Noble. When she’s not at Bridgeway Academy, she can be found reading, cooking, or hanging out with her husband Dave and her son Owen, whose autism inspired Alexa’s decision to become a speech-language pathologist.
Laura Gilbert, M.A., CCC-SLP
Taylor Rickman, M.S., CCC-SLP
Taylor joined the Bridgeway Academy speech therapy department in June of 2017. She has experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and various other developmental disabilities targeting expressive, receptive, and social language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, speech generating devices, and feeding and oral motor disorders. Currently, she is on the Staff Scholarship Committee at Bridgeway Academy and is passionate about raising funds for our students to have access to all the services they need. During her graduate program, she collaborated with the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and analyzed and reviewed the available research to determine the recommended strategies to best support the learning of functional communication systems with children who have little to no verbal communication. Taylor has also completed applied behavior analysis (ABA) training and has experience implementing ABA with children on the autism spectrum. Taylor enjoys working in the school setting where she can easily collaborate with the child’s other therapies, their educators and families to achieve their goals. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Miami University and she plans to become LAMP and PROMPT certified.
Janette Ozoa, M.S., CCC-SLP
Janette joined Bridgeway Academy in August 2017. She has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities (including, but not limited to, Autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy), speech sound disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, and hearing loss. She is one of the speech therapists collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team in Bridgeway Academy’s Theater Groups. Janette received her Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University and her Master’s degree from Gallaudet University.
Emily Husney, M.A., CCC-SLP
Emily joined Bridgeway Academy as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Fall of 2017. She has a variety of experiences working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. During her graduate studies, Emily completed a concentration in augmentative and alternative communication. She has an interest in facilitating the use of speech generating devices across environments and enjoys attending community outings with the students of Bridgeway Academy. Emily also has an interest in different access methods of AAC users with varying motor skills. Emily is LAMP trained. She has experience working with articulation, social language, expressive and receptive language, fluency, cognition, and literacy. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The Ohio State University and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Akron.
Abbey Thiemann, M.A., CF-SLP
Abbey joined the Bridgeway Academy therapy team in June 2018. She has experience evaluating and treating individuals of all ages with a variety of speech and language impairments including receptive, expressive, and social language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, articulation and phonological disorders, hearing loss, feeding, and Augmentative Alternative Communication. Abbey received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University in 2016 and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University in 2018.
Erin Napier, M.S., CCC-SLP
Erin joined the Bridgeway Academy staff in June 2018. She has experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, language disorders, and articulation and phonological disorders. Prior to working at Bridgeway, Erin worked in a sensory integration clinic providing early intervention services. She is dedicated to completing various continuing education in her field, specifically in the areas of augmentative alternative communication (AAC), social language disorders, and pediatric feeding disorders. Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders from Western Kentucky University and received her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Louisville.
Hannah Gillespie, M.S., CF-SLP
Hannah joined Bridgeway Academy in August 2018 as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Hannah has experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, articulation/phonology, expressive and receptive language, cognition, hearing loss, and sensory-based feeding disorders. Hannah completed her undergraduate from The Ohio State University with a major in Speech and Hearing Science and minors in Dance, Disability Studies, and Linguistics. Hannah worked as an ABA therapist for 2 years during her undergrad. She then completed her Master’s degree from Miami University where she had the opportunity to teach beginning and intermediate American Sign Language courses. She plans to become LAMP and PROMPT certified.
Maggie Myers, M.A., CCC-SLP
Maggie joined Bridgeway Academy as a speech-language pathologist in August 2018. She has experience working with autism, speech generating devices, social and language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Prior to joining Bridgeway Academy, Maggie worked in a public school setting addressing a variety of communication needs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Truman State University. Maggie plans to become LAMP and PROMPT certified, and is passionate about continuing training and education in the field of speech-language pathology.
Monica Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Monica joined the Bridgeway Academy team in August of 2018. She has a specific interest and experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental differences. Areas of clinical experience include receptive and expressive language, social communication, vocational skill building, speech generating devices, hearing, fluency disorders, and articulation and phonological disorders. Monica received her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University and served in settings advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. She realized the importance of communication as an integral tool for self-advocacy and decided to transition her career into one that assists others in building communication skills. She received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Akron in 2018.
Katherine Ratino, M.A., CCC-SLP
Katherine joined Bridgeway Academy in August of 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science and her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the Ohio State University. She has experience working with Autism Spectrum, articulation/phonological, language, expressive, receptive, and fluency disorders. During graduate school, Katherine was a clinical fellow in the LEND (Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental Disability) program where she developed specialized skills in therapy, advocacy and research involving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.