CHILDREN'S SPEECH AND HEARING SPECIALISTS
Our team has extensive experience working with children who have a variety of communication, speech and language delays and/or disorders. After meeting with each child, we determine specific, individualized speech-language goals in order to foster learning, growth and support the child in reaching his or her own maximum potential. We work closely with educators, pediatricians, audiologists and other specialists in order to deliver the most comprehensive services to each child.
ARTICULATION & PHONOLOGICAL SKILLS
RECEPTIVE/EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS
PRAGMATICS/SOCIAL LANGUAGE SKILLS
READING & WRITING SUPPORT
Owner, MS, CCC-SLP
Leann Barden holds a Master's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Worcester State College. She has been working in the field of speech-language pathology since 2005, primarily with children. Leann is co-owner of the practice and currently works as an interventionist and Clinic Coordinator. In addition to CSHS, Leann has worked for the SEEM Collaborative providing speech, language and auditory intervention to children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. She has also had previous experience with children birth to 18 years of age who present with delays/disorders of: global development; articulation/phonology; receptive/expressive language; social-language and communication. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities with her family
Owner, Office Manager
Anne Fitzler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing Management from Thomas College. She has been working in the speech and language medical field for over ten years. Anne handles all aspects of the office management, coordinates with therapists and physicians, schedules appointments, tracks insurance coverage, sends out reports and most importantly makes sure that patients’ needs are met. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, volunteering for numerous non-profit groups and running countless miles with her running club.
Marnie Weinberg earned her Master's Degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. She has over ten years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. Previously, she has worked at CASE and SEEM Collaboratives, where she provided therapy to children from preschool through middle school. Areas of focus include working with individuals with articulation/phonological delays, developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, higher level language disorders (metalinguistics), and pragmatics/social language skills, as well as auditory, language, and speech therapy for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In her free time she enjoys traveling, biking, and kayaking with her family.
Sarah Brown received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the MGH Institute for Health Professions in 2003. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, holds Massachusetts state licensure in Speech Language Pathology, and professional licensure as specialist in Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders through the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Sarah has worked with children and adolescents in the Natick Public Schools and Nashoba Learning Group. She has extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and has interest in Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC).
Alex Perry received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She has extensive practical experience working with school-aged children with a variety of communication disorders in school, hospital, and outpatient settings. Alex’s intervention and diagnostic skills include supporting children from birth to age 15 in the following specialty areas: developmental delay, articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language, social language, autism, executive functioning, and intellectual disabilities. Outside of work, Alex enjoys reading, skiing, and traveling with family and friends.
Patricia Perkins earned her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Worcester State College in 2005 and a second Master’s Degree in Special Education Administration in 2015. She has over ten years of experience as a speech-language pathologist working with children ranging in age from 3 to 22 years within the public school setting. Areas of specialty include working with children in the areas of developmental delay, articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language, and social language disorders. In her spare time she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Mary has been a speech-language pathologist in the public school setting for 25 years, as well as 2 years in the private sector. She received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Education degree from Northeastern University. Mary holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Massachusetts state licensure in Speech Language Pathology, and professional licensure as specialist in Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders through the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition to being licensed in Massachusetts, Mary was also licensed as a speech-language pathologist in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lived for 13 years while raising her two daughters. On returning to her home state of Massachusetts in 2003, Mary was excited to be hired by the North Reading Public Schools where she worked until retiring in 2019. Mary has extensive experience supporting children in the areas of articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language disorders, social/pragmatic skills, and developmental delays. Outside of work, Mary enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her two granddaughters.
Leah received her masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire. She has intervention and diagnostic experience in a variety of settings including schools, early intervention, and private practice. She has experience working with children with a wide array of diagnoses such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, hearing impairment, expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, ADHD, dyslexia, dysarthria, and intellectual disabilities. Special interest area is implementing therapy, editing, and troubleshooting for dedicated and iPad based AAC devices.
Mary Beth Hetherton
Mary Beth Hetherton, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist working in the field
for over 25 years. She completed her PhD in Communication Disorders at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 with a concentration in literacy. She is trained in several
methods of multi-sensory reading instruction. Her extensive experience includes providing
diagnostic and treatment services for a pediatric to adult population. Additionally, her
skill set lends to treatment of a myriad of communication, literacy, cognitive, and
swallowing disorders in a variety of settings. Areas of focus have included apraxia, voice,
fluency, receptive/expressive language, social cognition, cognition/memory, traumatic brain
injury, articulation/phonology and reading.
We are so grateful for CSHS's commitment to our daughter's progress; they provide families with a safe and structured environment that fosters growth and development. Their approach is without judgement and agenda but full of compassion, professionalism, dedication to the field, openness and respect.
TUFTS HEALTH PLAN (COMMERCIAL)
Prior to your initial visit, we recommend you call the Member Services Department (contact information is on the back of your insurance card) to verify eligibility and benefits for out patient speech therapy services.
Each individual plan is different and services may have a deductible, co-insurance or co-payment due at the time of services.
Please note that although we are contracted providers with the above companies, participation does not guarantee coverage of service. Some plans do not cover speech-language therapy services unless they are "medically necessary". Your insurance company can explain any restrictions/exclusions that may apply to your individual plan.
CSHS does also offer private pay rates in the event that your plan does not cover the needed services or if your plan is not one of the above listed plans. Please inquire directly with CSHS for fee schedules.
All payments are due at the time of services.
Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm
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