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The Staff of Speech Explorers


Krauthammer Freedman

Realizing that there was a need for more resources to help parents support their children's speech and language needs, Aviva founded Speech Explorers in September, 2013.


Since 2006, Aviva has worked as a certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Masters of Science from Northeastern University, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed in both Maryland and Washington D.C.


Aviva has worked in school settings, speech-language clinics, and summer enrichment programs. She currently consults with clinics & after-school programs in Maryland, and sees clients privately through her practice, The Language Link, LLC. Her areas of interests are: social pragmantic communication, receptive & expressive language, phonological disorders, & parent education. When not working with clients, she enjoys photography, documentary films, & singing Disney (mostly "Frozen") songs with her young daughter.





Lauren has been a research intern with Speech Explorers since May, 2014. She is currently studying speech pathology and Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut.  In her free time she likes to be active outdoors.


Suzie received her Bachelor’s in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland. She is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed by the the state of Maryland.


Suzie is a speech-language pathologist for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has experience in a variety of clinical settings, including elementary schools, skilled nursing facilities, and therapeutic summer camps. She has expertise in receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and early childhood voice and fluency disorders. Other areas of interest include the effect of bilingualism in language disorders and selective mutism. She is trained in the use of PROMPT, Visual Phonics, and Lively Letters therapeutic methods.


For Speech Explorers, Suzie's roles are multi-fold: She researches and develops content for Communication Explorations, creates Mobile Communication Quests, and edits the website.

Goldstein, B.A., Hearing & Speech Sciences

Shira is our newest intern here at Speech Explorers. She graduated in May, 2015 with her undergraduate double degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in Hearing and Speech Sciences and Psychology. Shira has focused on developing content for monthly newsletters and for the Speech Explorers website. She is currently applying to master's programs in speech language pathology for Fall 2016. In her free time, Shira likes to read romance and drama novels, and then watch their respective movies.

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