MEET THE STAFF

Who we are

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LORIN

Lorin is a graduate of The University of Akron (UA) where she earned her bachelor degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Lorin maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed by both the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board and the Ohio Department of Education.  Lorin has presented at the Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC) conference on the topic of technology supported interventions for children with autism. She has also attended and participated in several conferences hosted by various entities on topics surrounding speech/language and related fields.


Lorin has worked predominantly as a school and clinic based therapist in recent years. Her experiences in the private/clinic sector have allowed her to see many clients in their homes and across the community to work on an array of skill-sets which include but are not limited to: articulation/phonology, language, social/pragmatics, fluency, cognition, and  swallowing; these disorders have been isolated (the primary disorder) or secondary to various medical and/or educational diagnoses including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, CP, CVA, Fragile X Syndrome, and more.


Lorin’s ability to work with clients and their families across a variety of settings has allowed her the opportunity to take a very collaborative role within client teams. The generalization of skills and overall personal, positive outcomes seen across her clients (using this approach) have proved extremely motivating and inspiring to Lorin as she’s continued her SLP journey.


She sees her clients and their families as her own family and loves sharing and celebrating their victories.

Lorin also loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and dog. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, crafting and embarking on new experiences with family and friends.

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ELLEN

Ellen is a graduate of Minot State University, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology.  Ellen maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and the Ohio Department of Education. After working as a speech pathologist in the public schools for 35 years, Ellen has worked with Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarship providers. Ellen’s professional interests include linking research in brain science to treatment, social cognition, autism spectrum disorders, evidence based practice and using children’s literature to teach language and social thinking. Ellen believes that the ability to use language effectively is critical to understanding our world, developing successful relationships, interacting within the community and eventually leads to successful employment. She believes that each child is unique and looks for ways to motivate and move each child forward. As a life-long learner herself, Ellen hopes to share her joy of learning and enthusiasm for communication with each of her clients.

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RYLEE

Rylee received her bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University where she minored in English and was able to study abroad in the U.K.. While in the U.K., Rylee enjoyed hiking through the countryside and studying British authors which proved to be an educating and inspiring experience!  Rylee received her master's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 (go Bearcats!) and has spent recent years thoroughly enjoying her experiences as a school and clinic-based SLP.  

 

Prior to joining the A Way With Words team, Rylee worked with an early intervention group, following the Hanen "It Takes Two to Talk®" approach.  She has attended many speech/language related workshops; some of which have included Michelle Garcia Winner’s "Social Thinking” and articulation/phonology based strategies. Rylee has sincerely enjoyed working closely with a variety of clients and families over the years; she loves seeing the vast growth in her clients and sharing the joys of the families as her clients grow and develop. 

In addition to being a therapist, Rylee is also a mother. Rylee and her husband Daniel have a son and three daughters, who keep them very happy and busy. In her spare time, Rylee enjoys running, taking care of her garden, and doing something crafty.

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LEAH

Leah earned her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Cleveland State University with an award of Academic Excellence. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders with a Spanish minor and graduated Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s College. Leah maintains a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed by the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board and the Ohio Department of Education.

 

Leah is a school-based SLP at a K-12 school, specializing in services for students with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. Her school and clinic-based experience ranges from articulation, phonology, fluency, receptive and expressive language, pragmatic (social) language, and dialectal variations. In the acute hospital setting, Leah gained experience in the areas of voice, feeding, swallowing, and neurogenic communication disorders.

In her free time, Leah enjoys traveling, hiking, tennis, and baking. Leah is passionate about her field of practice and is a continual learner in order to help her clients achieve their goals.

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MEGAN

Megan graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University in 1999, earning her degree in Occupational Therapy. Following her studies, she obtained her licensure after completing her clinical field work at Doctors Hospital and The Ohio State University’s neuropsychiatric facility in 2000. 


Megan’s experience ranges from the acute care hospital setting, to skilled nursing facilities, and then several local facilities which specialized in the education of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Ultimately, she found her passion in working with children with autism spectrum and neurological disorders. Her career has included directorships of occupational and physical therapists, mentoring students, and working as a member of leadership teams.  Megan developed a strong foundation for using functional play, sensory integrative approaches, and behavioral approaches for therapeutic intervention. Megan has lectured on sensory integration and executive functioning. She has continued to expand her skill set through continuing education in the areas of, but not limited to, Rhythmic Movement Training, Smart but Scattered, Social Thinking, Astronaut Training, Handwriting Without Tears, and PowerPath.