Danielle Moore, M.S.Ed. CCC-SLP, Clinical Director
In 2015, Danielle celebrated her 20th year as a Speech Language Pathologist. Danielle received a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1995 in Speech and Language Pathology with a minor concentration in English Literature. She received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences and her Teacher Certificate for the Speech and Hearing Handicapped in 1997 at The College of Saint Rose, also in New York State. She is a current member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She has worked in the private sector, private schools, and public schools in New York and Georgia. Danielle has lectured and given in-services to faculty, parents and students in both New York and Georgia. She has been the moderator of a speaker series on the link between nutrition and learning. She was a featured speaker at the Learning Disability of Georgia Conference in 2009 and appeared on the television program Focus On Atlanta in 2010. For the past several years, Danielle has attended the Learning And The Brain Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Other conferences and seminars attended include the 2012 American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference,“DIR-Floortime: An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Model for Special Needs Children,” The Boss is Out: Helping Students with Executive Dysfunction,” “Executive Functioning, Helping the Chaotic Child and Adolescent’’, The Women’s Leadership Conference, Attention, Language Processing and Sensorimotor Disorders in Children: New Integrative Approaches to Assessment and Intervention as well as hosting a “webinar” on International Adopted Children and Language Issues. Danielle recently attended The Dyslexia Foundation conference, "Dyslexia and Literacy" in Atlanta. She is a Fast Forward and Reading Assistant Provider. Danielle is trained in the LindaMood-Bell programs: LiPs, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Seeing Stars. Danielle served on the Advisory and Editorial Board for Kids Enabled, a national, award winning digital magazine dedicated to children of different abilities for several years. Danielle is a Girl Scout Troop Leader and involved with the Three Leaves Service Unit in Atlanta. Danielle is also a Sunday School Teacher. She enjoys singing and being outside with her beautiful daughter, Ava Dionne, and her rescue dog, Hershey Bear.
Crystal Downs, M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal was afforded the opportunity to serve children with academic and communication difficulties upon receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 and Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and a Georgia Speech-Language Pathology license. Crystal has been privileged to assist children with various speech, language, and feeding needs including, but not limited to, ADD & ADHD, Apraxia, Auditory Processing, Autistic Spectrum, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive-Linguistic Difficulties, Dyslexia, Executive Functioning, Fluency Disorders, Receptive-Expressive Language Difficulties, and Learning Differences. Crystal has worked within natural environments, school systems, hospitals and clinical settings and is passionate about working with all members of the child’s support team (parents, caregivers, siblings, teachers, etc.) to effectively strengthen a child’s communication and social skills. Since 2010, she has worked within a local private school as Learning Specialist and Academic Support teacher where she is trained to provide instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing strategies. Crystal is also a certified instructor for the HANEN: It Takes Two To Talk parent training course, and conducts informational seminars at area schools to educate parents and teachers on how to effectively meet the language, learning and communication needs of their children. Crystal has enjoyed being a guest speaker at the 2014 Kids Enabled Resource Fair and was a featured writer in the Kids Enabled Magazine. Crystal's list of recently attended seminars include: Learning and the Brain- Focused, Organized Minds, American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference, “DIR-Floortime: An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Model for Special Needs Children,” “Executive Functioning, Helping the Chaotic Child and Adolescent, Sensorimotor Disorders in Children: New Integrative Approaches to Assessment and Intervention”, CHADD-The Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder National Conference, International Adopted Children & Language Issues, and “Teaching All Kinds of Minds”. Crystal is looking forward to initiating a summer camp class, Executive Function 101, where she demystifies and personalizes organizational and planning skills for older elementary and junior high students. When not in the classroom or office, Crystal enjoys traveling with her husband and two sons, photography, cheering on the UNC Tar Heels, and volunteering at her church.
Florence Cannon, M.S. CCC-SLP
Florence has been a certified speech-language pathologist for over ten years. This is a second career for Florence; as before she became an SLP, she was a middle school language arts teacher. While she enjoyed working with students to improve their reading and writing skills, it became clear to her that she wanted to help individuals overcome their specific, unique challenges with language. So she returned to graduate school, and in 2003 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She has been working in her dream profession, speech-language pathology, ever since.
In 2007 Florence moved from Arizona to Atlanta and was thrilled to join The Language Group. She enjoys conducting evaluations and providing treatment to students of all ages to help them improve their receptive-expressive language, articulation, pragmatics, comprehension, auditory processing, memory, phonological awareness, executive function, reading, and writing.
Florence is happy to be utilizing some of the expertise that she developed as a language arts teacher in conjunction with her speech-language pathology training. She is trained in several multisensory, explicit reading programs, such as Lindamood Bell’s Seeing Stars and Orton-Gillingham based phonics approaches including Wilson and Barton. Florence provides additional therapy services using a variety of evidence-based approaches, such as Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing-LiPS, Visualizing & Verbalizing, DIR/Floortime, HearBuilder, and Step Up to Writing. Florence has also completed Georgia ETA's Complete Reading Series, and is trained in Handwriting Without Tears.
Florence maintains certification with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensure in the state of Georgia. She is also a member of the International Dyslexia Association.
Florence loves traveling, reading, organizing, and spending time with her husband and five children.
Helayne Solomon, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
In 2015, Helayne celebrated her 20th year as a Speech Language Pathologist!
Helayne graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in 1995 in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Georgia State University in 1997. As a graduate student, Helayne was awarded the “Top of the Class” award from the Therapy Student Journal, and as an undergraduate, her biography was published in the 16th and 17th Annual Editions of The National Dean’s List. Helayne holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, a Georgia License in Speech-Language Pathology, and a state of Georgia Teaching Certificate. Helayne worked for the Gwinnett County School System for six years as a speech-language pathologist. In addition to treating children with a wide variety of communication disorders, Helayne also supervised graduate students, mentored other speech-language pathologists, and led IEP and Student Support Team meetings. Helayne served as Special Education Grade Chair for three years and coordinated yearly mass vision and hearing screenings for students. After practicing in Gwinnett County, Helayne began working in the private practice sector. Helayne enjoys working with children of all ages and has diagnosed and treated a wide variety of communication disorders including articulation and phonology disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorders, voice disorders, and fluency disorders. Besides providing speech and language therapy, Helayne also has served as a supervisor to graduate interns in the field of speech-language pathology at Georgia State University. Helayne attends numerous continuing education conferences and has training in Lindamood-Bell, executive dysfunction, Fast Forward, F.A.S.T. Fluency, Orton-Gillingham, and phonological awareness techniques to name a few. In addition to attending continuing education, Helayne also provides staff development and classes to teachers and parents in the area of speech-language pathology. She especially enjoys providing staff development in the areas of phonological awareness, literacy, and language enrichment. Helayne is a current member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. In her free time, Helayne enjoys scrapbooking, reading, tap dancing, and being with her family, including her three children.
Holly Hill, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
Holly has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for over 19 years. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and a Georgia License in Speech Language Pathology. Holly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Sciences from Auburn University, and then her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia in 1994. Holly has practiced in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, child-development centers, hospitals, speech and language clinics, and the home environment. She has experience assessing and treating children with a variety of communication disorders, including, but not limited to: Articulation/Phonology, Oral-Motor, Apraxia, Receptive and Expressive Language, Auditory Processing, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and Learning Disabilities. Holly attends numerous continuing education conferences, and has training in Executive Dysfunction, Orton-Gillingham, DIR/Floortime, Hear Builder Auditory Memory, and Phonological Awareness, to name a few.
She has conducted faculty training and parent education seminars, supervised graduate students, and has participated in multi-disciplinary intervention teams for pre-school and school-age children.
Holly enjoys traveling, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Jarrett Jackson, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
Jarrett attended the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor concentration in Spanish. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009. During her graduate studies she received the Sharon Webber Scholarship for clinical excellence and was nominated for the Joan Berryman Award for academic and clinical achievement. She is a current member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Jarrett served on the SLP Autism Committee for DeKalb County School System, helping to develop a position statement, diagnostic tools, and specific goal and objective recommendations for Speech Language-Pathologists working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the public school setting. She also presented a case study regarding vocabulary skills intervention to Speech Language Pathologists from the state of Georgia at the 2010 Georgia Organization of School Based SLPs’ Best Practices Conference. Jarrett has recently attended continuing education at seminars including 2012 American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference, “Brilliant Beginnings/Dazzling Outcomes: Social Language Learning and Intervention in the Early Childhood Years”, “Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Therapy Challenges”, “101 Ways to Help Children Communicate and Learn” presented by Wayne Secord, Executive Functioning Strategies, “Talking is Fun After All! A Quick Reference for Autism and Early Language Learners”. Jarrett has provided evaluation, consultation, and direct therapy services to individuals with a variety of speech and language needs including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum, Intellectual Disabilities, Hearing Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders, Pragmatic Language disorders, Fluency disorders, and Articulation/Phonology Disorders. When not at work, Jarrett enjoys serving her community through teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults. She is a proud new mother and enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters.
Jennifer Schiff Ivers, M.A. CCC-SLP
Jennifer was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Georgia in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1997 and received a Master of Arts Degree from Cleveland State University in Speech-Language Pathology in 2000. She has received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as her Speech-Language Pathology licensure in the state of Georgia. Jennifer is a current member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Jennifer has worked in the public school setting for 13 years as a Speech and Language Pathologist. She has evaluated, developed individualized education plans (IEPs), and treated many children with a wide range of communication disorders. She has provided therapy for children diagnosed with Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, Phonological and Articulation Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Voice Disorders, Apraxia, Emotional Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Aspergers, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jennifer joined The Language Group in 2006. Here she enjoys working with students of all ages to improve their receptive language, expressive language, listening comprehension, memory, phonological awareness, reading and writing skills, syntax/grammar, fluency, pragmatics, speech/articulation, and executive function. Every year, Jennifer attends the Best Practices Conferences for Speech and Language Pathologists of the State of Georgia. Other conferences that Jennifer has attended includes; “The Boss is Out: Helping Students with Executive Dysfunction,” “DIR-Floortime: An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Model for Special Needs Children”. and “The Unfocused Mind: Executive Function and Attention” as well as a webinar on International Adopted Children and Language Issues. Jennifer is also a Fast Forward provider and has been trained in the Lindamood Bell Programs. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and exercising.
Jenna Swartzberg, M.A. CCC-SLP
Jenna attended the University of Georgia, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences in Disorders in 2010. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University in 2012. During graduate school, Jenna conducted an independent research study entitled “Social Cognition and Innovation.”Jenna has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Cobb County School System, where she worked closely with classroom teachers to provide language interventions across the curriculum. Jenna has experience evaluating and treating a variety of communication disorders, including expressive and receptive language disorders, auditory processing, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and voice disorders. She also has experience evaluating and treating communication needs as related to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, executive functioning, and social cognition.
Jenna holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, a Georgia License in Speech-Language Pathology, and a Georgia State Teaching Certificate. Jenna has frequently attended the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association National Convention; she has also attended the Best Practices Conference for Speech-Language Pathologists in the state of Georgia. Jenna is trained in IMSE Orton-Gillingham, and inLindamood-Bell programs: Seeing Stars for Reading Accuracy and Fluency and Visualizing & Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking.Her list of recently attended seminars include: “DIR-Floortime: An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Model for Special Needs Children,” “Learning Social Thinking Vocabulary, Related Research, and Superflex,” and “Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment.”
In her free time, Jenna enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and cheering on the Braves and Bulldogs.
Jessica Spruyt, M.S. CCC-SLP
Jessica is a Chicago native and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2008. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), professional license in Georgia, and teaching certificate.
At the Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Jessica was a trainee in the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Early Childhood in 2007 and in the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities (MCH Lend) program in 2009 and was awarded the Waisman Center UCEDD Graduate Student Award in 2009. She has also been trained in parent advocacy through Family Voices of Wisconsin, the Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center, and “Inspire Inclusion” through Inclusive Schooling and participated in the Learning Program Boston.
Jessica has worked in public schools and hospitals and has experience in evaluating and providing intervention for various communication needs, including articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, literacy, augmentative and alternative communication, pragmatics, voice disorders, and swallowing/dysphagia.
Jessica is trained in Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking. She is trained in the Wilson Just Words reading program and is completing the Georgia ETA's Complete Reading Series. Her professional development includes “DIR-Floortime: An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Model for Special Needs Children," ASHA's conference "Adolescent Language and Literacy: Supporting Emotional, Social, and Academic Growth,” ASHA’s annual conference, “Best Practices for Collaborative Teaching in Inclusion” with Dr. Patrick Schwarz, the Northeast Down Syndrome Education
Conference with Down Syndrome Education International, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress' Annual Educators Forum on Down Syndrome, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association.
Jessica enjoys distance running, hiking, and exploring nature with her husband and five children.
Leslie Clark Lively, M.C.D. CCC-SLP
Leslie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Visual Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008. After working in the field of Advertising, she dreamed of a caring career which would blend creativity with her love of language. In 2013, she received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Leslie holds a Georgia License in Speech-Language Pathology as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Since 2013, Leslie has served a variety of pediatric populations including, but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Auditory Processing Disorder, Attention-Deficit Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Oral-Motor Dysfunction, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Leslie has provided result-driven treatment in the areas of early speech and language development, augmentative and alternative communication, fluency and voice, receptive and expressive language, word retrieval, articulation and phonology, reading comprehension, attention, working memory, and executive functions. She is a certified provider of the highly effective program for improving brain function, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) and iLs Interactive Language Program. Leslie is trained in Visualizing & Verbalizing, a Lindamood-Bell program. Leslie believes in the power of parent education and generalizing learned skills to the home and school environments. She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their full potential and seeks educational opportunities to enhance her evidence-based skills. During her free time, Leslie enjoys painting children's home decor for her Esty shop, traveling, cooking Cajun food, and playing with her puppy, Charlie.
Rachel Rigdon, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
Rachel graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia in 2011, and received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from UGA in 2013. As a graduate clinician, Rachel gained invaluable experience at the University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Clinic where she provided diagnostic evaluation and treatment to both children and adults. She worked as a speech-language pathologist intern at Barnett Shoals Elementary School, where she served children with various moderate-profound speech, language, and learning disabilities. At Saint Mary’s Center for Rehabilitation Services in Athens, Georgia, Rachel had the opportunity to work with an interdisplinary team to restore speech, language, and cognitive communicative abilities in adults with aphasia, dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury, dysarthria, apraxia, dysphagia, and Parkinson’s disease. Rachel holds a Georgia License in Speech-Language Pathology. as well as her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is also amember of ASHA’s Language Learning and Education Special Interest Group. Since 2013, she has served a variety of pediatric populations including, but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Auditory Processing Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention-Deficit Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Oral-Motor Dysfunction, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Rachel has provided result-driven treatment to clients between the ages of 18 months to 25 years of age in the areas of early speech and language development, fluency and voice, receptive and expressive language, math-based language conceptualization, word retrieval, articulation and phonology, developmental apraxia, reading comprehension, written expression, attention, working memory, executive functions, and sensory and oral-motor based feeding. She has also worked as the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Coordinator to provide brain-plasticity based treatment for auditory processing, language, and reading difficulties. Rachel is a certified provider of three highly effective programs: Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) and iLs Interactive Language Program, and Interactive Metronome (IM). She has training in several Lindamood-Bell programs (i.e., Seeing Stars, Visualizing & Verbalizing, and On Cloud 9) as well as the Kaufman Speech-to-Language Protocol for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Dedicated to helping her clients reach full potential in home, social, and educational environments, Rachel searches for every opportunity to participate in educational opportunities to enhance her clinical skills and provide the best possible treatment for each and every client. During her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and supporting the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves.