Kate Ross, MS, CCC-SLP

 What I do as an SLP

  • Specialize in early intervention and early childhood special educaiton (birth to eight years)
  • Diagnose & develop programming for children and families
  • Guide others to positive functional communications
  • Coach parents & caregivers
  • Work with a variety of communication challenges, including autism & English language learners
  • Use sign language, music and DIR® Floortime™ therapies
  • Adjunct professor
  • Train speech-language pathology assistants
  • Present workshops
  • Manage private practice


Integrating Speech-Language Services into the Classroom - Inclusionary Practices

Young children learn best when engaged with their peers. Though some circumstances may require a quiet, non-distractible environment, many tasks can be treated within a classroom. I'll share strategies I've successfully utilized in the classroom over the years to work with students, young and some older inclusively with their peers.

Speech & Language Development

A general overview of what happens in the first five years.  We'll investigate early sounds to babble to word combinations to sentences to reaching communicative competence. We'll briefly discuss communication differences, including cultural and linguistic diversity.

General Red Flags for Speech & Language Differences

When should teachers be worried about communication skills in young developing children? Is lisping something to be worried about in a four-year-old? Is it okay that a five-year-old sounds like Elmer Fudd? What about stuttering? We'll learn some of the warning signs within early communication efforts.

The Importance of Play in Developing Vocabulary

How is play related to communication development? Children entering kindergarten with less than adequate vocabulary will likely have difficulty accessing and learning early literacy skills. They may not be able to comprehend what they are able to decode within a book.  How can this be remedied and supported through early play experiences to give more students equal access to books in early elementary? We'll explore the many benefits of play.

The Relationships between Communication and Social-Emotional Growth

Why is it so important to gain emotional stability from supportive and interested parents and other caregivers? What are some of the initial components of gaining emotional stability? Why do these early social and emotional components lead to later communication skills development? Let's discuss the importance of our social-emotional being.

Caring for Someone with an Acquired Brain Injury

Due to a family situation, I have researched childhood brain tumors and acquired brain injury, especially assaulting the left hemisphere. Injuries in this area affect right side movement, language, memory and executive functions. I want to share information I've learned to support those finding themselves on this path in life.

To inquire about presentations please email:  Katedross22@gmail.com