Speech Therapy

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Cameron Toughill

Cameron Toughill

M.A., CCC-SLP Department Lead

“I love working with children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. As a speech pathologist, I have the unique ability to truly influence these children’s lives by helping them connect with their environment. I love showing children the value of communication and teaching parents and caregivers how to be the most effective communication partners possible. It is truly my passion!” 

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Colleges:
University of Florida, B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Florida, M.A. in Speech Pathology
Membership: American Speech and Hearing Association.

Cameron grew up in the Central Florida area and attended the University of Florida to pursue a degree in speech pathology. She was drawn to the field after volunteering with children who had special needs and communication disorders in high school and after working at a special needs summer camp throughout college. These experiences solidified Cameron’s desire to work exclusively with this population. It wasn’t until an internship in graduate school, that she knew that she wanted to specialize in Autism. This internship was in a state-run group home facility for adults with disabilities, most of whom had Autism. Cameron saw the need for early and intensive therapy, as most of her adult clients had not received such intervention, resulting in very limited functional communication skills and a reduced quality of life. Cameron began her professional career at this facility as a Clinical Fellow and continued to work here for 3 years. She truly enjoyed targeting functional, social, and alternative communication skills in this unique setting.
After her husband graduated from the University of Florida, the couple relocated for his career to Richmond, VA. Cameron began working for a contract company, providing therapy throughout Central and Northern Virginia. She worked at a private day school for children with Autism who also had severe behavioral concerns. This was her introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and integrated speech therapy. She also worked in the public school with the regional Autism program in an elementary school. In these school settings, Cameron really enjoyed collaborating with other therapists and teachers to ensure the communication needs of each student were being met.
This fall, Cameron’s husband will begin pursuing his PhD. at the University of Washington, which brings her to Seattle. She is so excited to be a part of the ICAN team and to work closely with families to aid in skill generalization.
In her spare time, Cameron enjoys spending time with her Bassett Hound, Dudley, playing team trivia, and watching Gator Football.

 

Mary Cusic

Mary Cusic

M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

“I love working with children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders because one day and one moment aren’t the same as the next. It’s incredibly challenging but I never get bored!”

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  • Colleges: Indiana University- Bloomington, University of Wisconsin- Madison
  • Degrees: BA in English and Political Science, MS in Communicative Disorders
  • Memberships: American Speech Language and Hearing Association

After graduating from Indiana, Mary became a live-in nanny for four boys in Arizona; the youngest boy had a repaired cleft lip and palate. She accompanied him to speech therapy at his local school and Arizona State University and provided at-home practice. Seeing the impact therapy had on his success with and joy for talking with others inspired her to pursue a career in the field. After one too many Wisconsin winters in graduate school, Mary was looking for a change of scenery. She had close friends and family in Western Washington and decided to give it a try. She loves it and plans to stay. Mary worked in the Kent School District for four years providing therapy for children with a range of developmental disabilities from ages 3 to 14. She participated as part of an interdisciplinary team providing services within a preschool classroom that specialized in programs for children with autism. She has a particular interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) ranging from low to high technology. When she’s not at work, Mary likes to see live music, bake bread, read and hang out with friends and family. She also gets a serious case of March Madness every year.

 

Kalayla Hough

Kalayla Hough

M.S., CCC-SLP

“I love working with children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders because helping individuals communicate and interact with their families and surroundings in a positive and productive manner is extremely rewarding work. Children with autism are so unique and I love being able to help them express their uniqueness to the world.”

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Colleges: University of Wyoming, B.S., Speech Language Pathology
University of Nebraska, Omaha, M.S, Speech Language Pathology

Hi, my name is Kalayla, and I am excited to join the ICAN team as a Speech Language Pathologist. My journey to becoming a Speech Language Pathologist started in Wyoming. I completed my BS in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science at the University of Wyoming in 2012. After graduating I spent a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed a Spanish intensive semester while learning about Argentine history and immersing myself in South American culture. After returning to the states, I pursued a Masters in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. While working on my masters I had the opportunity to provide speech & language services to children with autism, ranging from high functioning to low functioning and nonverbal. During my time as a graduate student, I also worked as a Behavior Therapist and provided individualized behavior therapy to children with autism in their home. As part of my Behavior Therapy job I completed 40 hours of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training. Working in the home environment and seeing children make functional gains with their families was the most rewarding work I had ever done. I really enjoyed all of my clients and this is when I truly fell in love with the autism population. When I wasn’t going to school or working, I took some time to volunteer with a transitions program that helped young adults with autism practice learned social skills in “real world” settings. Having the opportunity to work with children with autism in the clinic, in their homes, and out in the “real world” has taught me how to best provide functional therapy that will benefit clients in a variety of settings. Outside of work I like to hike, read, watch football (Go Patriots!…and Seahawks!), and spend time exploring the city with my friends. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with your family!

 

Lyndsey Aston

Lyndsey Aston

M.A., CCC-SLP

“I love working with children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders because helping a child flourish with skills that they can use for the rest of their life is priceless. Celebrating those moments and achievements when a child reaches a new milestone or does something for the first time is very rewarding for me. I love that I am constantly thinking and tailoring lessons to each child and problem solving in creative ways. I also enjoy building a relationship with each child and their family as they always leave a special place in my heart as they have positively impacted my life forever.”

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Lyndsey Aston, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Colleges: Western Washington University

Degrees:  B.A. in Communication, Sciences & Disorders and M.A. in Speech Language Pathology

Memberships: American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)

Presentations: Audio- Enhanced Video-Modeling Program: Effects on Joint Attention in Autism (WSLHA 2011 & ASHA 2011)

Lyndsey grew up in Olympia, WA.  She realized early in life that she wanted to pursue a career working with children, and later discovered that she had a passion for the field of speech-language pathology as an undergraduate at Western Washington University (WWU).

Lyndsey graduated with her B.A. in Communication, Sciences and Disorders from WWU in June of 2005, and received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from WWU in August of 2012. She gained a variety of experience working with children with autism and other speech and language disorders at WWU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic.

She completed her part-time internship in a developmental preschool and middle school setting, and had the unique opportunity to complete her full-time internship at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA.  Rancho Los Amigos is one of the highest rated rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.  She worked in the Acute Stroke Unit and Pediatric Unit.

Before graduate school, Lyndsey worked in the field of Speech-Language Pathology for several years as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant, and as a conditional SLP in the school setting.  She worked as a teaching assistant and substitute lead teacher for children with autism for the F.A.C.E.S organization in Bellingham, WA.

Upon graduating with her masters, Lyndsey came to ICAN Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (LCAN) where she completed her clinical fellowship year and continued working as a speech language pathologist for 2 years.

In July of 2014, she took a year off to be with her family.  She has relocated to Bellevue and is back at LCAN.

Lyndsey has a passion for working with children and enjoys working in a collaborative environment with the therapists, educators, children and families at LCAN. She believes in building a strong patient/family rapport and values educating and supporting the families.  She is excited to be a part of not only providing speech-language and feeding therapy individually, but also being the preschool SLP at LCAN and co-treating with other disciplines.

Lyndsey loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling to sunny destinations and out of the country, attending sporting events, cheering for her Seattle teams, staying active and being a tourist in her own city.

Genevieve DeCantis

Genevieve DeCantis

M.A. SLP-CF

Prita Kottaveetil

Prita Kottaveetil

M.A. CCC-SLP