Shanna is the founder of Kid Connections. She is a certified Speech Language Pathologist specializing in assessment and treatment with the pediatric population.
Shanna has been practicing since 2007 in both the public school and private practice settings and has a strong background in the treatment of children with a variety of speech and language disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech, articulation and phonological delays, language delays, and language disorders. She has worked with children diagnosed with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and Autism spectrum disorders. Shanna is certified to provide the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program for parents. She is also Bridging trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets).
Shanna lives in Annapolis with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, cooking, and exploring the outdoors by hiking, paddle boarding, or boating.
Courtney is a certified Speech Language Pathologist specializing in the treatment of children with speech and language needs. Courtney has been practicing since 2015 in a variety of school-based and private practice settings. She has gained valuable experience in parent education and coaching. Courtney is PROMPT trained and enjoys using multiple intervention techniques to assist clients with their specific needs. Courtney believes in targeting whole communication and ensuring that children excel in functional communication and intelligibility.
Courtney grew up in New England, but currently lives in Baltimore with her husband. In her free time, Courtney enjoys running long distance and training for road races.
Erica is a certified Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in early intervention, parent coaching, and social skills intervention including higher-level skills such as abstract thinking, perspective taking, relationship building, and executive functioning. She has significant experience working with a variety of children with complex needs. Erica is trained in PROMPT and the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding, and she implements a play-based therapeutic approach with an emphasis on parent counseling and education through a teletherapy model. Erica takes a whole child approach and is very mindful of the social-emotional, sensory-motor, and cognitive-linguistic factors that affect a child's day to day communication.
Erica lives in California and provides services via teletherapy. She is currently licensed in Maryland, Michigan, and California. She enjoys going on adventures, playing outside, cooking, painting, writing, and exploring the world.
Sarah is a certified Speech Language Pathologist specializing in the treatment of children with speech and language needs. Sarah has been practicing since 2014 in private practice and subacute rehabilitation settings. She has gained valuable experience specific to oral motor, feeding, and play development. She has received training in treating orofacial myofunctional disorders, meaning that she is knowledgeable regarding techniques to promote optimal oral coordination and control needed for adequate feeding and speech skills. She also believes in utilizing play based interventions to develop speech and language skills.
Sarah grew up in Towson, Maryland and currently lives in Baltimore. She enjoys spending time outside, traveling, and exploring local restaurants.
Jessica is a certified Speech Language Pathologist with experience working with children of all ages, and specializing in the treatment of early childhood speech and language disorders. She has been practicing since 2007 in various settings, including public schools, the Infants and Toddlers Program of Prince George's County, and private practice. Jessica enjoys taking an individualized "whole child" approach, using a child's strengths in other developmental areas to support growth in communication skills, and incorporating a child's family into treatment. She has treated children with a variety of diagnosed conditions, such as Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Jessica lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son. She enjoys knitting, traveling the world, and spending time with friends and family.
Rachel is a Speech Language Pathologist and recent graduate of Loyola University in Maryland. She has worked with a variety of populations within the private practice, school-based, outpatient, and inpatient settings. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication, feeding and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. Rachel is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) - an evidence-based treatment that focuses on improving overall verbal communication in everyday activities. Her primary areas of interest are working with the early intervention population, specifically assessing and treating feeding disorders, orofacial myofunctional disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. She is passionate about providing services that will equip children with the necessary tools to be heard and understood by the word around them.
Rachel lives in Baltimore with her husband and their rescue dog. Prior to beginning her graduate program, she had the opportunity to teach in Yorkshire, England and travel around Europe. She enjoys learning to cook traditional cuisines from around the world, going on hikes, and exploring new places.
Amira is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in the treatment of children with a variety of speech and language needs. Amira has been practicing since 2015 and obtained most of her experience in the Montgomery County Public School system where she gained valuable experience working with children with severe to profound developmental and language delays. Amira has significant experience treating children who are minimally verbal and nonverbal using a multi-modal communication approach. She has also worked with children using a variety of different low and high-tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems, teaching core vocabulary. In addition to her strong background in AAC, Amira has treated many children with articulation and phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Stuttering.
Amira lives in Annapolis with her husband. She enjoys going to the beach, exercising, trying new restaurants, and singing karaoke.
Micailah is our Health Administrative Specialist. She has 5 years of administrative experience, particularly in international development and health. She has experience in project and office management through implementing Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Projects targeting mothers and children under 5 years in the Philippines and Myanmar. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Environmental Science, and has a Masters in Public Health. In South Africa, she worked at a rural school teaching mathematics and English, and more recently, has worked as an online English teacher. The combination of her experience in both health and education has given her the desire to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology.
Micailah grew up in South Africa but is now living with her American husband (whom she met in South Africa) in Annapolis. In her free time, Micailah loves to be active by running, hiking, playing squash and field hockey, or kayaking. She also loves learning about different cultures, particularly through cuisine.
Rhianna is our Medical Office Coordinator. She joins us after taking a hiatus to concentrate on family and volunteer work. Her work experience is varied and includes doing background checks for the medical community and property management. Her favorite volunteer position so far was with an organization that raises funds for scholarships for military dependents. All of Rhianna's work experience has helped her build exemplary customer service skills.
Rhianna is originally from New Mexico, but has lived in many places across the U.S. from Hawaii to the DMV. She enjoys reading, museums, and exploring all of the hidden gems that this area has to offer.