Connie Spencer, M.A., CCC-SLP
After being a high school valedictorian, Connie was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa honor while receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor concentration in psychology. She went on to receive a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University in Speech-Language Pathology.
As a state licensed and nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Connie Spencer, has extensive experience helping individuals improve their communication and learning skills. Connie listens carefully to families' perspectives and individualizes services to positively impact not only the client but the family as well.
Connie can help clients improve many skills such as: speaking clearly and confidently, formulating well formed spoken and written sentences, using details and proper sequences in explanations and storytelling, answering complex questions, processing language, understanding abstract and academic speech, interacting socially appropriately, maintaining emotional regulation during communication, using good voice quality, and staying focused on tasks and topics.
Connie has worked in a variety of settings: multi-disciplinary teams, University Medical Center, Early Intervention, Neurological Rehabilitation, private schools, home visits, Head Start, Montessori, SSI Disability Determination, and private practice. She has developed and implemented programs to help individuals with a variety of challenges including: limited and delayed spoken and written language, impaired social interaction, unclear speech, Attention Deficit, Autism, Apraxia, difficulty understanding language, impaired hearing, genetic syndromes, Cleft Palate, motor deficits, voice disorders, and learning differences.
Clinical expertise has been supplemented with continuing education to implement state of the art approaches such as multi-sensory strategies for language and literacy, following a child's lead & interests, SCERTS training from Barry Prizant (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation & Transactional Support), auditory, visual & tactile prompting and fading, inquiry learning (Junior Great Books group leader), augmentative communication (mentored by the pioneer of the field David Beukelman), Phonological Knowledge and Generalization Patterns (NIH Grant Research Assistant for pioneer of the field Mary Elbert), mindfulness, and behavior management.
Connie has served the community in the Big Sister program, as a church volunteer, as president of a middle school Science Olympiad Team, and as president of a high school lacrosse team booster club. She enjoys family time in the mountains kayaking, hiking, and playing board games.