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The Ups and "Downs" of Speech Language Development in Children with Down Syndrome
About the Webinar: In this webinar you will learn about the speech and language characteristics of children with Down syndrome and how development of speech/language in children with Down syndrome differs from typically developing children ages 0-16 years. Suggestions for therapy goals and how to advocate for your child’s speech therapy will also be discussed.
About the Presenter: Mary Ann Proffitt, M.S. CCC-SLP is a state licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologist with over 21 years of professional experience working with children and adolescents. She provides therapy and evaluations for those who have deficits in the areas of: feeding/swallowing, articulation, phonology, oral motor, apraxia, comprehension/expressive language, executive function, and social communication. She most recently worked 16 years at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and is currently the owner/manager of Busy Bee Therapy, LLC in Waukesha, WI. Mary Ann is also a proud mother of 3 daughters including her oldest, Grace, who was born with Down syndrome. Grace has inspired her to educate parents and providers on learning strategies and speech/language development of children with Down syndrome. In addition to lecturing, Mary Ann (along with her middle daughter, Gabby) is the developer of Baking Buddies which was organized through her church youth group. This semi-annual program pairs a child with special needs with a peer to allow practice of communication skills, following directions and social interactions; all while making a baked item to share with their friends and family. Mary Ann continues to be committed to bringing excellence and innovation to her practice.