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Child Language Clinic

Diane Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, Program Director

Lori Marra, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor

This Clinic is designed for children and young adults who have difficulty understanding what is said to them, use limited spoken words or incomplete sentences, have difficulty putting their thoughts into words (frequently saying "I don't know"), use a limited number of names for things, and/or experience difficulty with developing reading and writing skills. Children with autism and other developmental disabilities are highly appropriate for this clinic. In some cases, services may be provided through Telepractice.

Program Goals
• Provide comprehensive therapy for children having difficulty learning to communicate, learning to use language or using language to learn
• Promote communication and language skills through creative, individualized approaches
• Develop parent and caregiver understanding and involvement in the therapeutic process
• Research the effectiveness of specific therapy approaches.

Treatment Approaches/Therapeutic Strategies
• Strategy instruction approaches
• Dynamic assessment and functional communication approaches
• Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies

Treatment Tools
• iPad applications-Proloquo2Go©
• Computer based software programs


Diane Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Program Director for the Child Language Clinic and an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She is an ASHA Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders. Dr. Williams earned her Bachelor's degree from Auburn University her Master's degree from the University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. from Bowling Green University. Her areas of interest are linguistic processing in autism and the development of communication in children with severe/multiple handicaps.

Lori Marra, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Clinical Instructor for the Child Language Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and her Master's degree from Kent State University. Ms. Marra's interests are in autism and language disorders in children and adults. She is certified in using the Strategy Instruction Model© for reading and writing instruction.