Lori received her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology/Communication Disorders from the University of North Texas in 1985. Her vast experience includes working in public schools, multi-disciplinary private practice, private school for children with language- disorders, large sensory integration clinic, private pre-school programs for children with language disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis/VB center, and private practice. Lori is licensed by the State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Because of her extensive experience with sensory processing disorders and her knowledge of applied behavior analysis (ABA), Lori applies a variety of skills and procedures to Therapeutic setting, increasing the probability that the children receiving her services will make significant progress. She has particular knowledge and interest in the areas of apraxia and the non-verbal/limited verbal child and uses a developmental approach to language as well as the principles of B.F. Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior.
Highlights of continuing education in behavior analysis include direct training with Dr. Vince Carbone, Dr. Patrick McGreevey, Kelle Wood, and Gail Wayman.
What does a typical therapy session look like?
Each child’s treatment plan is unique and is based on assessment of skills targeting those areas which are below age-level expectations. Lori combines traditional speech-language therapy with techniques from ABA including prompting, prompt fading, errorless teaching and error correction procedures while also incorporating sensory diet techniques, when appropriate (vestibular movement, proprioception, and/or forms of tactile input). In addition, tactile-kinesthetic and visual cuing are used as necessary for speech work and then faded out as quickly as possible. The use of positive reinforcement and a heavy emphasis on requesting (manding) are priorities in therapy for each child. Various behavioral interventions worked on in the home or center-based ABA program are carried over into the speech therapy session to ensure that problem behaviors are not “inadvertently” reinforced.
Sessions vary in length, but are usually 45 minutes to an hour each. Enrollment in The Wayman Center is not required to have scheduled therapy sessions with Lori, but if so, there is thorough communication between ABA therapy and speech-language therapy with back-to-back scheduling usually available.
Lori’s office is located inside The Wayman Center, where she has access to the entire 7500 square foot facility, which includes her private office, a large gym/playroom complete with trampolines, swings, and a ball pit, and a secured outdoor playground.
If you’d like to schedule a no-cost meeting to discuss your child’s needs, Lori would love to hear from you!
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am – 6pm.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Apraxia of Speech
Nonverbal/Limited Verbal Output
Severe Phonological Disorders
Language Disorders (Receptive and Expressive)
Oral Motor Dysfunction
Sensory Integration (relative to speech therapy
and treating the whole child)
-Sign Language (SEE-II)
-Picture Selection Systems
-Voice output devices
Other specialized techniques include the apraxia work of Nancy Kaufman and Tamara Kasper, oral motor techniques of Debra Beckman, and “Talk Tools” of Sara R. Johnson.
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