Staff

 

 

Dr. Nancy Z. Schwartz

 

 

    Clinic Director

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Dr. Schwartz has 30 years of experience working with children with language problems and in particular, with children who are on the Autistic Spectrum and/or have Speech Apraxia.  She holds a  Ph.D. in Speech, and a Masters in Communicative Disorder.  She has been certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and in Relationship Development Intervention®. Dr. Schwartz has taught at multiple universities on both the undergraduate and graduate levels in California, Connecticut and New York.  She was the director of the Scottish Rite Institute for Childhood Aphasia in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelley Cardona

 

 

   M.S., CCC-SLP (Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association in Speech and Language Pathology)

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Kelley has been a speech pathologist at the Communication Clinic of Connecticut since August 2004.  She received her Bachelor and Master's degrees from Southern Connecticut State University.  She is a certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association.  Her current clinical interests focus on the integration of thinking skills within the process of language development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley D’Ippolito

 

 

     M.S., CCC-SLP (Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association in Speech and Language Pathology),Initial TSSLD

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Ashley received her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from New York Medical College. She is ASHA certified, and licensed in both New York and Connecticut. Since receiving her Masters, Ashley has gone on to receive her initial TSSLD (Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities) and has become PROMPT trained (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets).  Having worked in hospital and school settings, prior to joining the clinic, she has developed a passion for working with children. Her current clinical interests include developing language in children who are just beginning to talk  as well as integrating relatedness work and executive functioning skills within language intervention so that functional communication skills can be further developed.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MaryBeth Magro Belfatto

 

 

 

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 Mary Beth graduated with a B.A. in psychology in 1994.   Since 1995, she has worked part time with children on the spectrum as a home therapist incorporating ABA based therapy and/or worked as a school shadow.  In addition, she worked at Pathways, Inc. with psychiatrically disabled adults.   MaryBeth began full time employment at the Communication Clinic of Connecticut in March 2004 to work with children on the spectrum and their families. She became an RDI® Certified Consultant in early 2006.  Currently, she works individually with children and their parents guiding them through the development of basic relatedness skills and age appropriate social cognition.  She sees children in dyads  and small groups involving children who are at the same level of functioning. In addition, she shadows children in typical preschool settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elisa Isabella-Valenzi

 

 

     M.S., CCC-SLP (Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association in Speech and Language Pathology)

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Elisa received her Bachelor and Master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University.  She is certified by the American Speech and Language Hearing Association.  She has experience working with adults, adolescents and children with a range of physical, neurological and developmental disabilities.  She has worked in the medical setting, home-based setting and public school setting in CT.  She has been working at the CCC since May of 2011.  Her special interests include feeding /swallowing disorders in adults, working with children diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum and motor speech disorders.  She is PROMPT trained and has experience developing communication skills through the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.