Language Disorders and Autism Clinic


Abigail Delehanty, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Program Director

Lori Marra, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor


This clinic is designed for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental language disorders and/or autism who have difficulty understanding what other people say (following directions, answering questions, or pointing to objects and pictures), have trouble expressing themselves (putting words together into sentences, asking questions, naming, and defining words), or who experience difficulty developing reading, spelling, and writing skills. Our clinic also specializes in supporting our clients' social communication skills, including keeping a conversation going, understanding nonverbal cues, and learning how to use language in a variety of ways in everyday situations.

Program Goals:

Clinicians in the Language Disorders and Autism Clinic develop individualized treatment plans and use evidence-based practices to help children, adolescents, and adults with developmental language disorders and/or autism increase their skills in the areas of:

  • Listening comprehension
  • Spoken language 
  • Pre-reading and phonological awareness 
  • Reading comprehension 
  • Writing and spelling 
  • Social communication 
  • Using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

Faculty:

Lori Marra, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Language Disorders and Autism Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She received a master's degree from Kent State University and a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University. She has been a practicing clinician for over 30 years. Her experience is in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with language disorders.

Abigail (Abby) Delehanty, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director of the Language Disorders and Autism Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She received her doctorate from Florida State University and her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Abby has over 18 years of clinical experience serving preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents with communication disorders in school settings.