About Karen

ABOUT KAREN

Karen has more than 15 years of experience in working with individuals with communication disorders.

She received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders at Callier Center of Communication Disorders in Dallas, Texas in 2002.  She received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and B.A. in Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin.

In 2017, Karen received her Certification of Orofacial Myology®, by the International Association of Orofacial Myology.  She specializes in evaluating and treating tongue thrusts, tongue ties, correcting oral resting postures, and other oral habits that affect swallowing and speech clarity.

Karen has worked in a variety of settings to help her skills with the range of clientele she sees.  Karen has worked in Early Childhood Intervention, rehabilitation hospitals, and private practice.  The best experience in the area of speech and language is her role of mother.  Being a mom helps her relate to her clients’ parents.

Karen has many interests which include traveling, and spending time with her daughters, husband, and two Laborador Retrievers.  During her spare time, Karen likes to compete in sprint triathlons and local half marathons. Karen is a fully certified with the American Speech Hearing Association, Texas Speech and Hearing Association, and is a member of the Fort Bend Junior Service League, where her core placement is the Fort Bend Teen Service League.  In 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 she earned the ACE Award through ASHA.  She also has had several posters presented at the ASHA Convention.

IEEs

Karen has several contracts with surrounding school districts and agencies.  If you would like her to conduct an IEE for your school, please contact her at karen@sugarlandspeech.com.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Karen is committed to increasing her knowledge in the field of Speech Pathology.  She has currently attended and completed the following courses:

Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention

PROMPT Level 1 Trained

Hanen Program:  It Takes 2 to Talk

Certified in Infant Massage Instruction

Certified in Compton P-ESL

Picky Eaters versus Problem Feeders:  Sensory Oral Sequential Approach to Feeding

AEIOU: An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding

If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function – Mary Massery, PT

NDT Approach to Treatment of the Young Child

Vocal Cord Dysfunction

Adventures in Voice

Coding and Billing for Therapy and Rehab

Make the Connection:  Orofacial Myology Pre-certification

…and more!!!

Read aloud to your baby for 15 minutes!

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