Communication is complicated, with many possible causes of a breakdown, but I find fun ways for patients to build their skills and confidence.
Sara Toogood is a speech-language pathologist who evaluates and provides short-term individualized therapy for children with communication disorders and delays. Her culturally and linguistically diverse patient population ranges in age from newborn to 21 years old. Her expertise includes developmental speech-language delay, articulation and phonological disorders, motor-speech disorders and acquired cognitive-communication impairment. She is also experienced in managing complex airway issues in patients with tracheostomies (speaking valves).
Toogood has conducted and presented research on childhood apraxia of speech, a motor-linguistic speech disorder. Prior to her career in speech-language pathology, she worked at a university research facility coordinating studies on language acquisition.
Toogood earned a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders at Case Western Reserve University. She is the mother of two boys.
Case Western Reserve University, MA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2008