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Nicole Gerami

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Nicole Gerami has been treating children since 1993, serving in public and independent schools, clinical settings, and her own private practice. She is also a published author.  Her publications include the Narrative Builder, Tell Me What Happened (e-course) and new in 2016, a book for parents and therapists that is being published by XYVerlag in Switzerland.  Nicole speaks both across the country and internationally on both social skills development and narrative development in children on the autism spectrum.

Nicole is best known for her work with children with autism spectrum disorders, but treats children with a wide range of delays and disorders. Nicole has also created the acclaimed Friendship Groups, which she continues to run today. As well, she is the co-creator of Friendship in Teams (FIT), which was created in 2007 and is the founding member of Nicole Gerami, LLC (formerly Western Reserve Speech & Language Partners).

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Bethany Burkhart

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Bethany Burkhart joined Nicole Gerami, LLC in 2015, having previously worked in the public schools (preschool - age 22) for 6 years. Bethany has also completed research on methods for language facilitation with children. She enjoys working with children of all ages and all ability levels. Bethany loves being able to work collaboratively with children and their families, as well as seeing the growth that the children make and the impact that growth has on their lives.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Rita Gregg

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Rita Gregg joined Nicole Gerami, LLC (formerly Western Reserve Speech & Language Partners) in 2007. She has practiced in public schools and hospitals throughout the United States, including Virginia, Arizona, and more. Rita is also currently on staff at a local private school. Her expertise include developmental speech delays, motor-speech disorders, and language delays in young children, but she serves children with a wide variety of speech and language delays and disorders. Rita loves being able to witness the children she helps gain confidence as they become more efficient communicators and better students.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Caroline Gerds

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Caroline Gerds has been working at Nicole Gerami, LLC since 2013. Prior to joining she practiced in the public school setting (Pre-Kindergarten - 8th grade) in both Illinois and Washington. Caroline has experience with treating a variety of speech and language delays and disorders, however her areas of speciality include language and literacy, speech sound disorders and social language. Caroline loves being able to see the children she helps make progress towards their speech goals.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Marilyn Gardner

marilyn-gardnerMarilyn earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ohio University and a principal’s certificate from John Carroll University. She has 30 years of experience in public education, successfully providing services and support within a diverse range of service delivery models while serving as a school wide consultant and resource for staff and families. She has had extensive training in several areas related to communication including Telaroo, a group of technologies that are video-based teaching tools, support apps and mobile accessible games for children, families and practitioners, Nonviolent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg, and Social Thinking developed by Michelle Garcia Winner.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Celia Lupton

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Celia Lupton Graduated from Case Western Reserve University with her M.A. in 2011, and joined Nicole Gerami, LLC as a full-time speech-language pathologist in 2012. Celia has worked with toddlers in the Early Intervention system of Massachusetts, as well as having completed research on the use of Social Stories Intervention with children with ASD. Celia currently provides treatment to children with a variety of delays and disorders at Nicole Gerami, LLC. She loves being able to play games with the kids as she works with them.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

Shaina Leb

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Shaina Leb joined Nicole Gerami, LLC in 2015, and being a Beachwood native, recently moved back to Cleveland from Chicago where she worked as a speech-language pathologist at a private pediatric clinic serving children ages 2-16. Shaina’s passion and holistic approach to working with children as a Speech-Language Pathologist helps her in treating a variety of speech and language delays and disorders. She has experience facilitating early language groups for toddlers, focusing on improving social interaction, language, and play skills. Shaina loves it when parents notice the progress that their kids are making and are excited to share different ways their kids have generalized these targeted behaviors outside of the clinic.

She is fully licensed by both the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).