My name is Kara, but everyone calls me “Ms. Che”. I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Messiah College in Pennsylvania in 1996 and then taught preschool for several years before working as an ABA provider for four years. During that time, I also earned my M.A. in Communication Sciences from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2003.
I have over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages, with diverse diagnoses, in a variety of settings. Some of those settings include residential schools, private arts-based schools, homes, clinics, and charter schools. My clinical experience includes work in the areas of articulation, receptive/expressive language, reading/written language, auditory processing, and social skills. I am also experienced in the use of picture exchange, basic sign language, and a variety of Augmentative/Alternative Communication devices(AAC).
Over the years, I have completed courses in Michelle Garcia Winner’s SocialThinking program for building social skills and have completed both the Introductory and Bridging courses in PROMPT therapy for work with articulation and apraxia. Among other things, I have a specific passion for language and early literacy skills, autism, severe articulation/phonological disorders, and apraxia of speech.
In my view, the most essential factor for therapeutic success is the clinician’s genuine respect for each child and positive expectations for growth. I strive to meet each child and family where they are and to work with them toward meeting their child’s communication needs.
I love to use my creativity and exuberance to capture children’s attention, motivate them to grow, and nurture their confidence in their abilities.