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Beverly Montgomery,
MS CCC-SLP

Beverly earned her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University where she specialized in pragmatic and narrative language. After spending more than 9 years in the Lexington Public Schools, she founded Lex Communicate in 2011. Beverly developed a team-based model which is a collaborative, therapeutic relationship between herself, other providers, schools and, most importantly, the family.  Inspired by her opportunity to work with executive functioning expert Sarah Ward, she specializes in combining social communication and executive functioning treatment and has advanced training in these areas. Beverly is passionate about providing education, advocacy and consultations to families, school systems and other professionals. Beverly provides trainings in the areas of social communication, executive functioning and the inclusion of individuals with neurointegrative deficits to schools, parent groups and the broader community. She served as an instructor in the areas of autism and social communication in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program at Antioch University New England and in the Communication Sciences and Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate programs at Elms College.  Most recently, she completed a position as adjunct faculty at the University of Hawai’i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Alison Franco, MS CCC-SLP

Alison received her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has experience in both public and private settings, including schools, clinics, and hospitals. Alison specializes in working on social pragmatic communication, expressive/receptive language, and improving play skills with the pediatric population. She has training in executive functioning, Social Thinking®, Zones of Regulation® and expressive and receptive language programs including EET (Expanding Expression Tool) and Story Grammar Marker. Outside of work, Alison enjoys trying out new recipes, spinning, skiing, and spending time with family.

Marchella Lee, MS CCC-SLP

Marchella earned her Master’s Degree at Emerson College in Speech-Language Pathology and has practiced for nearly 20 years in both private practices and public school settings. Marchella has evaluated and treated children and young adults with speech, language, and social learning disorders. She has experience working with a wide range of communicative difficulties including social communication, executive functioning, receptive and expressive languages, articulation, phonology, and fluency. She has worked with individuals with diverse and complex diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Allagille Syndrome, Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, cerebral palsy, oral and verbal apraxia, dyspraxia, language learning disabilities, and hearing loss. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three awesome children.

Laura Mahoney, LICSW

Laura received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and her Certification in Advanced Clinical Practice from Boston College. Throughout her 20+ year career Laura has provided mental health support and education to adults, children and families in both medical and public-school settings. In her clinical practice Laura is eclectic in her approach and application of treatment. During sessions Laura will integrate a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Positive Psychology, based on the client’s needs. Laura specializes in helping her clients develop a positive sense of self and awareness, in working with clients on developing and utilizing skills/strategies to assist with emotion recognition and control, executive functioning, social/interpersonal skills, safety and self – advocacy skills. Laura’s passion is empowering her clients.

Deborah Osber, MPH

Deborah holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from Boston University and has 20 years of experience in health services research, public health policy and administration, and program management. Throughout her career, Deborah has worked in a variety of settings to expand and improve community services to those in need.

Jenna Robbins, MS CCC-SLP

Jenna received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Jenna has experience working with both pediatric and adult populations within clinics, schools, and rehabilitation hospitals. Jenna specializes in teaching children executive functioning skills, social pragmatic skills, expressive/receptive oral language skills, literacy/written language skills, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Outside of work, she has a passion for the performing arts, especially any type of dance.

Holly Steiger, MS CCC-SLP

Holly earned her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working in pediatric hospitals, early intervention, public schools, and private practices such as the Ely Center and Social Thinking Boston. Currently, she works part-time in the Arlington Public Schools where she evaluates student's needs, provides individual services and co-leads social communication groups as part of the special education team. Holly has extensive training in Social Thinking®, Zones of Regulation®, and Lindamood-Bell® Programs. Outside of work, Holly enjoys spending time with her three children and two dogs, traveling, exercising outdoors, and practicing yoga.

Kelly Stratford, MS CCC-SLP

Kelly graduated from Emerson College with a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She works as a speech pathologist for the Lexington Public Schools where she specializes in working with children with social communication disorders. In this role, she leads social pragmatic groups which includes teaching reciprocal conversation and play skills, partner and group work skills, social inferencing, perspective-taking, problem-solving, and self-regulation. Kelly has training in Social Thinking, the Zones of Regulation, mindfulness and anxiety strategies, Visualizing and Verbalizing and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS). Outside of work, Kelly loves to watch the Bruins, go to spin class, and spend time with her friends and family.

 

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