OUR TEAM

At Elite Kids Therapy (formerly Cincinnati Therapy Connections), we strive to have a profound impact in your child’s life from the start…during our first connection. Our SLP’s, OT’s and Intervention Specialists are professionals who are highly experienced. Each team member holds multiple licenses of national certification, state licensure, and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) licensures along with additional trainings in their area of expertise.

Exceptional skills. Exceptional quality. Best practices. This is what defines Elite Kids Therapy!

TANYA WESCOTT, M.A., CCC-SLP/L
Speech Language Pathologist & Founder

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Tanya is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). She is licensed to practice as a SLP in the State of Ohio (CCC-SLP/L), and she also holds an Ohio Department of Education school license. Tanya has over 15 years of experience working with children (ages 1-22) in multiple states, schools, early intervention, and private practice. By completing undergraduate requirements for an elementary education minor, she is able teach general education classes K-5. As an Assistive Technology Specialist, she was a grant recipient who earned additional licensure for persons with severe and profound disabilities and autism. Tanya also passed the praxis exam for teaching students with severe and profound disabilities, where she could be a special education teacher. These classes and work experiences enabled Tanya to be a special education director, but she chose to following her passion as a SLP. She continues to learn and be a well-rounded and diversified SLP hiring only those who are like minded. Additional trainings include Assistive Technology & AAC, Autism, ABA Trained, Floortime Experience, PECS, PROMPT Trained, and TEACCH.

DEBBIE COLSON-MCCARTHY, M.S. ED., CCC-SLP/L, LSLS CERT. AVED
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST, LISTENING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE EDUCATOR, HEARING INTERVENTION SPECIALIST, READING SPECIALIST

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Debbie is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). She is licensed to practice as a SLP in the State of Ohio (CCC-SLP/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education license as a SLP. Debbie has additional certifications as an Intervention Specialist, Reading K-12 Specialist, Hearing Intervention PreK-12 Specialist, and Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs Specialist (EEH). In addition, she is also a Certified Auditory Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd) and Early Intervention Specialist (birth to 3). Debbie has 30 years of experience working in homes, schools, private practice with infants, children, and teenagers. Additional trainings include Auditory Verbal Educator, Hearing Impairment, Autism/ABA training, TEACCH, Early Intervention Coaching with infants/toddlers/families, and presenting workshops for preschool educators.

DEE EDWARDS, OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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Dee is an Occupational Therapist (OT) holding a national certification in Occupational Therapy (OTR). Dee is licensed to practice as an OT in the State of Ohio (OTR/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education (ODE) school license. She has over 20 years of experience in pediatrics both in private practice and school settings. Additional trainings include: sensory, zones of regulation, hand writing without tears, andbehavior.

EMILY BUCKLEY, MS, CCC-SLP/L
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

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Emily is Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). She is licensed to practice as a SLP in the State of Ohio (CCC-SLP/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education school license. Emily has 19 years of experience working in pediatric hospitals and schools.Additional trainings include treatment of oral motor/feeding disorders, augmentative and alternative communication systems for children with autism and evaluation of preschool speech and language disorders.

EMILY SCHIELE, MS,OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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Emily is an Occupational Therapist (OT) holding a national certification in Occupational Therapy (OTR). Emily is licensed to practice as an OT in the State of Ohio (OTR/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education school license. She has over 5 years of experience in public schools both in Dayton and Cincinnati. Additional trainings include Zones of Regulation, Handwriting Without Tears, and Therapeutic Listening.

JENNIFER STENGER, MA, CCC-SLP/L
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

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Jennifer is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). She is licensed to practice as a SLP in the State of Ohio (CCC-SLP/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education school license. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience working as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, SLP in schools, private practice, and rehab facilities with children and adults. Additional trainings include AAC, Autism, and Childhood Language Disorders.

Julie Shaw
INTERVENTION SPECIALIST

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Julie is an Intervention Specialist. She is licensed to practice in the State of Ohio and holds an Ohio Department of Education K-12 IS school license. Julie has 9 years of experience working in schools and 8 years working as an Independent Provider for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Additional trainings include: Trauma-informed Practices, Postsecondary Transition and she is a Resident Educator Mentor for new teachers looking to obtain a professional license.

KAREN STEVENS, BS, OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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Karen is an Occupational Therapist (OT), holding a National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (OTR). Karen is licensed to practice as an OT in the State of Ohio (OTR/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education school license. She has over 35 total years of experience in OT with the last 25 being in education with students of various ages and needs. Additional trainings include fine motor development, visual perception, handwriting, keyboarding, autism, sensory processing, self-regulation, executive function, mental health, and fieldwork education.

LAQUITA SCHWARTZ, MS, CCC-SLP/L
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

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LaQuita is Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). She is licensed to practice as a SLP in the State of Ohio (CCC-SLP/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education school license. LaQuita has over 18 years of pediatric experience working in schools, early childhood intervention, and private practice.  Additional trainings include AAC, Autism, PROMPT and S.O.S. feeding therapy.  LaQuita has also been a Presenter at the Ocalicon Conference, teaching communication strategies to parents and professionals working with individuals who have autism and other disabilities.

LAURA SCHEFFER, MS, CCC-SLP/L
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

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Laura is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). She is licensed to practice as a SLP in the State of Ohio (CCC-SLP/l) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education license. Laura has over 10 years of experience working as a SLP in schools and private practice with children having multiple disabilities, articulation and language disorders, autism, and hearing loss. Additional trainings include fluency in Signed Exact English and Picture Exchange Communication.

LAUREEN BINGHAM, M.ED, CAS
INTERVENTION SPECIALIST

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Laureen is an Intervention Specialist, licensed through the state of Ohio. She has additional certifications as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) and a member of the Association of Special Education Teachers. Before becoming an intervention specialist, she spent ten years as a clinical therapist working with children and adolescents who were multiply abused and/or had dual diagnosis. Once her eldest daughter was born, she become a stay-at-home mother. She decided to get certified as an intervention specialist when she noticed that the school district was not providing her son, who has multiple disabilities, with the necessary educational opportunities he needed. She has been an intervention specialist for over seven years, has taught in two school districts. Additional trainings include Orton Gillingham, Montessori Methods, Literacy, and Rapid Prompting Method.

LAUREN URBANIC, MS, CCC-SLP/L
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

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Lauren is Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). She is licensed to practice as a SLP in the State of Ohio (CCC-SLP/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education school license. Lauren has experience working in schools. Additional trainings include AAC and Autism.

LYNNE CRAIG, MS, CCC-SLP/L
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

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Lynne is Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). She is licensed to practice as a SLP in the State of Ohio (CCC-SLP/L) and also holds an Ohio Department of Education school license. Lynne has over 30 years of experience working in schools, private practice, and residential facilities with children and adults. Additional trainings include AAC, Autism, ABA, and TEACCH Trained.

MARY ANN MEYER, OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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Mary Ann is an Occupational Therapist (OT) holding a national certification in Occupational Therapy (OTR). Mary Ann is licensed to practice as an OT in the State of Ohio (OTR/L) also holds an Ohio Department of Education (ODE) school license. She has over 19 years of experience in hospitals, home care, and outpatient services with children and adults and has additional trainings in the areas of: SOS Feeding Approach, Beckman Oral Motor, and Rhythmic Movement Training.