Beth is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association, has her Indiana state license to practice speech pathology, and is licensed to provide speech-language services in public school. She has 30 years of experience providing speech-language evaluations and therapy for preschoolers through adults. This includes pragmatic, or social language also. Using standardized assessments, clinical observation, and parent/individual interview, Beth can determine if a speech-language disorder is present, help you develop a therapy plan, and provide the intervention.
- M.A. in Speech Pathology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (1985).
- B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (1984).
Professional Licenses and Certificates
- Assistive Technology Professional (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)
- Certificate of Clinical Competence (American Speech and Hearing Association)
- Licensed Speech Pathologist (Indiana Professional Licensing Agency)
- Speech and Hearing Clinician (IN State Teacher’s License)
- 2011 to Present: Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist, Children’s Resource Group, Indianapolis, IN. Provide independent assistive technology consultations/evaluations and speech-language evaluations for public and private school students across Indiana; work with CRG’s team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and postsecondary disability specialist to evaluate education needs of struggling students to determine potential benefit of assistive technology tools. Assist families in finding and implementing the best technology tools to help their student increase access to learning and communication. Provide customized strategy instruction sessions to increase written composition skills in children. Complete pragmatic language evaluations to determine if a social language disorder is present and develop a treatment plan with individualized therapy. Develop and lead social skills groups to enhance student communication. Beth is also a frequent presenter/trainer at conferences and is a member of the CRG Marketing Team.
- 1998 to 2015: AT Coordinator/Augmentative Communication Specialist, Hancock Madison Shelby Educational Services, Greenfield, IN
- 1994 to 1998: Course Instructor, Department of Education, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN. Developed curriculum and taught K473/573 “Communication Interventions for Persons with Severe Disabilities,” a required course for undergraduate and graduate special education majors; created lab opportunity for course students to meet and interview children and adults using augmentative communication strategies; provided hands-on training with a variety of assistive devices and strategies.
- 1985 to 1998: Augmentative Communication Specialist/Speech-Language Pathologist, Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis, IN. Developed the Augmentative Communication Program at Crossroads in 1989; coordinated transdisciplinary evaluation and treatment team consisting of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and case managers; provided approximately 75 evaluations annually; maintained large inventory of AT devices and developed proposals for securing funds for new acquisitions; successfully obtained third party funding for client equipment needs through private insurance, Medicaid, Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Vocational Rehabilitations, First Steps and Civic Organizations; provided training, consultation and in-depth presentations in the area of augmentative communication for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, group home staff, public and private school staff, medical and rehabilitation facility staff and consumers/families; supervised speech pathology college students and first year Clinical Fellows in augmentative communication practicum; guest lecturer at IUPUI School of Occupational Therapy, University of Indianapolis and Butler University.
- 1990 to 1998: Assistant Manager and Consultant, Accessing Technology Through Awareness in Indiana (ATTAIN) Project, Central Indiana Center for Assistive Technology, Indianapolis, IN. Provided technical assistance to consumers, service providers, public/private schools, medical facilities, university personnel and pre-service students regarding augmentative communication strategies, funding, and IEP development throughout Indiana; participated in local, regional and national exhibits/presentations promoting the project and services; collected data, wrote quarterly reports and developed budget for grant renewal.
Achievements and Awards
- Collaborated with high school digital electronics instructor and students to adapt traditional mouse for switch access and use of adaptive equipment
- Listed as the only Minspeak resource in Indiana on the www.minspeak.com website
- Initially implemented video modeling in 1993 and have since scripted, shot and edited numerous video modeling programs for students with Autism
- Received the first grant from Autism Advocates of Indiana for use of iPods with students with Autism in 2006
- Recipient of the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities’ Alpha Award for Direct Service Provider of the Year
- American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Indiana Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ISHA)
- Past co-chair of ISHA’s Augmentative Communication Committee
- Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
- Listed as a local resource by the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Institute