Of Central Florida
Speech Innovations is a dynamic speech and language therapy practive offering individualized and family centered services in the childs natrual environment; home school or child-care center.
Speech Innovations currently accepts Medicaid, Private pay, and select private insurances.
Please use the contact us link if you would like to discuss a specific insurance plan, communication concerns, our rate and fee schedule, or to request an appointment.
Jane is a nationally and state of florida licenced certified Speech Language Pathologist. Jane has extensive pediatric experience in the areas of speech and language development and early intervention in the home health setting. Jane has been trained in CranioSacral Therapy, and she specialiazes in children with: Autism Spectrum Disorder/ Pervasive Developmental Disorder (ASD/PDD), Developmental Delays (i.e. Down Syndrome), Language disorders, Articulation Disorders, Apraxia, Phonological Disorders, Oral Motor Development, Early Intervention for speech & language, Feeding Difficulties/ Oral Aversion , Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Jane enjoys spending time with her family and embracing all of life’s new adventures.
Alison is a state of Florida licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She was awarded her Master of Arts (2014) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She is currently in her clinical fellowship pursuing a Certificate of Clinical Competence. Alison began her clinical work in 2012 at the University of Central Florida Communication Disorders Clinic. She completed internships with Life Care Center of Orlando, Orange County Public Schools, and Florida Speech-Language Pathology, Inc. Alison specializes in the areas of: Early Intervention for speech and language delays, Language disorders, Articulation disorders, Phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (ASD/PDD), Developmental Delays (i.e. Down Syndrome), Apraxia, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Pragmatics/Social communication, and Cognitive-Communication disorders. In her spare time, Alison enjoys travel, jogging, and spending time with her family.
Stephanie is a state licensed and nationally certified Speech Language Pathologist. Stephanie graduated with a Masterʼs Degree from the University of Central Florida in 2006. Stephanie has had pediatric experience in the areas of speech and language development and early intervention in the home health setting. She specializes in children with Language Disorders, Articulation Disorders, Early Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Development Disorder and Phonological Disorders. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing lots of family fun activities with her two children and husband and relaxing by the beach.
Janene DiGesare completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University Central Florida. She is a member of ASHA and FLASHA. She has 12 years experience in working with children with speech and language disorders from infant through 15 years old. She has extended knowledge in the area of oral motor and feeding. She has experience with Talk Tools Program as well as Food Chaining Program. She has worked with children with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, genetic syndromes, and speech/language delay.
Kailey is a state of Florida licensed and nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 2015. She began her clinical work at the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic in 2013 and completed internships with Life Care Center of Orlando and Orange County Public Schools. She has pediatric experience working in the school setting. Her pediatric experience includes work in the areas of receptive-expressive language disorders, developmental delays, articulation disorders, and phonological disorders.
Libby is a state of Florida licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She was awarded her Master of Arts (2017) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She is currently in her clinical fellowship pursuing a Certificate of Clinical Competence. Libby began her clinical work in 2015 at the University of Central Florida’s Communication Disorders Clinic, Bridge Builders Academy at OCPS, and the Aphasia House. She completed medical internships at BrightStart Pediatrics PPEC and Florida Hospital in neuro acute care and in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Libby specializes in the areas of: feeding and swallowing disorders, oral motor development, speech and language delays, expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays (i.e., Down Syndrome), augmentative and alternative communication, pragmatics/social communication, and cognitive-communication disorders. In her spare time, Libby enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, playing music, and exploring the outdoors.
Abby Runda is a nationally and State of Florida licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She was awarded her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida (2013) and her Master of Arts from the University of Central Florida (2015). Abby has extensive experience working in a variety of settings including: acute care, private practice, elementary school (PreK-6th), and home health (early intervention). She is a PROMPT-trained therapist and specializes in the following areas:
Ashley is a nationally certified Speech Language Pathologist and state certified in the states of Florida and Kansas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University in 2014, and received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in 2016. Ashley began her clinical work in the beginning of 2015, and completed internships at A Meric O’Grady Speech Language Pathology, as well as Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs. Prior to her job with Speech Innovations, Ashley worked for Life Care Centers of America serving the Alzheimer’s/Dementia population in the Kansas City area and loves seeing all people put forth effort to make impactful progress from 0-99. She specializes in the areas of feeding and swallowing, oral motor strengthening, early intervention, language disorders, articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, cognitive-communicative disorders, Literacy/phonological therapy, and pragmatic disorders. Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, traveling, cooking, and running/exercising.
Jennifer is an ASHA certified and Florida licensed Speech Language Pathologist with over 12 years pediatric experience. She graduated with her BA and MA from the University of Central Florida (2006). She has previously worked within both private and public schools in addition to private practice. Jennifer has had the opportunity to serve children presenting with articulation disorders, apraxia, Down syndrome and related conditions that impact speech and language development. She specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum, and children presenting with challenges in social communication and sensory/emotional regulation. Jennifer is also a Florida certified teacher with certifications including ESE, Pre-K, and Reading Endorsement. Jennifer is a mom of four, not counting her husband, and her 100-pound Labrador.
Megan is a state licensed and nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in 2013.
Megan specializes in working with children with language delays/disorders, development of pre-literacy skills and written language, articulation and speech sound disorders, pragmatics and social skills, oral motor development, motor speech disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Megan has worked in the pediatric office, home, and school settings. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her two cats, and listening to music.
Marelise is a registered Occupational Therapist with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and licensed OT in the states of Illinois, Texas, and Florida. Marelise is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and received her Master of Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL in 2015. She began her career doing travel therapy around the state of Illinois and has experience working in multiple settings of acute inpatient, outpatient, pediatrics, and older adults. Along with her time spent at Speech Innovations, she currently works part time at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation clinic as the OT Neuro-Rehab Lead. In her spare time, Marelise enjoys spending time with her partner and fur babies, trying new recipes, exercising, and reviewing literature relevant to evidence-based practice.
Colby is a Brevard County native who is nationally and State of Florida licensed as a
Occupational Therapist Registered and Licensed. She was awarded her Bachelor of Science in
(2011) and Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (2014) from Florida Gulf Coast
Colby completed her level 2 field work experiences at SPOT Therapy Associates (Late Spring
2014), and Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Rehabilitation (Early Spring 2014). Colby
worked with the pediatric population since graduating in 2014. She has experience working
children with a variety of conditions such as: Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder,
Prader-Willi Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy,
Chromosomal Abnormalities, Fine motor delays, self-care delays, feeding difficulties, ADHD,
In addition, she has completed additional trainings:
Jenine Moore is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant licensed in the state of Florida. She
graduated from Keiser University in Ft Lauderdale, FL in 1999.
Jenine has over 15 years experience in pediatrics, including the public schools in California
and Florida, at clinic-based, and pediatric long term care settings. During the school year, she
works at a local sensory based private school for special needs students. She also has
experience working in a skilled nursing facility, however her true passion is in working with
Jenine was trained by Jake Greenspan on the Floortime Approach and is well versed on meeting
children where they are and building on their strengths and interests.
Jenine enjoys spending time with her 2 children and working on craft projects in her spare time.
It is our mission at Speech Innovations to provide exemplary speech and language therapy services, allowing our clients to reach their full communicative potential. We strive to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities; improving their quality of life and those who love them. We thoroughly evaluate each individual’s strengths and weaknesses, address family concerns, and together, we develop an individualized plan of care that will incorporate the most suitable therapy approaches and techniques, allowing that individual to reach their highest communicative potential.
We educate families on the techniques utilized during therapy, provide ideas for carryover through daily activities, and work collectively with the individuals’ teachers and/or other therapists to ensure optimal success. Therapy is provided through play-based, child-centered, and family-friendly approaches.
Articulation refers to the way we produce speech sounds. An articulation disorder refers to errors in our speech sounds by mispronouncing, substituting, omitting, or adding sounds. We use all of our articulators to produce speech sounds; lips, teeth, tongue, cheeks, vocal tract, jaw, soft palate, and uvula. It is in the way we utilize our articulators that affects our speech intelligibility.
Children who are unintelligible to others at age 3 or older, or are unable to correctly say sounds that the majority of their same-age peers have mastered, may have an articulation disorder. If they are unable to correctly say sounds that the majority of their same-age peers have mastered, then they may have an articulation disorder.
Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive. A receptive language disorder refers to the difficulties understanding or processing language. An expressive language disorder refers to the difficulties in putting words together, having a limited vocabulary, or an inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.
Therapy techniques and approaches vary depending upon what area(s) of language are disordered or delayed; content, form, and use.
1.Content, or semantics, refers to the meaning of words and how they are used, vocabulary comprehension, and use.
2.Form, or grammar, refers to the structure of sounds and how they are combined to make words, and sequenced to form sentences.; word order, verb use, plurals, pronouns, etc. Form is further divided into phonology, morphology, and sytanx..
3. Use, or pragmatics refers to how individuals use language in different contexts; such as eye contact, turn taking, body language, maintaining topics, initiating conversation, and greetings.
Please review our ‘ Language Milestones’ tab if you are unsure of what language skills your child should have acquired and contact us to set up a language evaluation with our speech language pathologists.
Oral motor development refers to the skills necessary for the use and function of the lips, tongue, cheeks, jaw and supporting facial muscles. The movement and coordination of these structures is very important in speech production, safe swallowing, and consuming various textures.
Oral motor therapy and exercises work to increase the physical movements and placement of the oral structures for proper speech and feeding. Activities may include sensory stimulation, visual prompts, and tactile reinforcement.
If you are uncertian of oral motor skills your child should have acquired, please contact us to set up a Oral Motor evaluation with our speech language pathologists.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is the use of different methods to enhance, support, and/or supplement speech and writing for those who are unable to effectively communicate their own wants and needs. The goal of AAC is to achieve the most effective communication possible for individuals, NOT to replace verbal language.
An AAC device may be aided or unaided. Aided refers to systems which require a piece of equipment to aid in communication; such as a piece of paper and pen, or as high-tech as a computerized program. Unaided refers to the uses of sign language, or gestures.
There are various types of AAC devices. Please contact us to have our speech language pathologists evaluate your child’s need for the use of an AAC and recommend an appropriate system.
Jane has been my sons speech and language therapist for the last 3 1/2 years. She has always considered our family's goals for [my son], teaching us valuable strategies to carryover with at home, and truly shows that she is dedicated to her job. My son loves when Jane is around; always engaged and smiling. He has made wonderful progress with his language. She is true blessing to have in our lives.
Jane has become like a part of our family. When Jane comes for therapy, our youngest child says, 'Jane's Home!'. She engages the whole family in therapy and makes the 'work' fun. My daughter loves all the games and activities they do; arts and crafts, games, puzzles, and even baking brownies! She has shown us how simple daily activities can be turned into really fun language activities for my daughter.