Language Disorders and Autism Clinic

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

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


Lori Marra, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Clinical Assistant Provessor 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.