Jennifer Clark has been with Inspiring talkers since 2010. She is a state and nationally certified speech-language pathologist and holds a certificate in assistive technology from CU Denver. She has a degree in elementary and special education from Montana State University and spent five years as an intensive needs teacher prior to starting graduate school. During her time teaching, she recognized the need for quality speech language intervention for children with limited expressive communication. Jennifer's specialty is augmentative and alternative communication, specifically working with children with complex learning, language, and behavior needs. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado and teaches the graduate class in augmentative alternative communication there. Jennifer enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and traveling.
Robby received his Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology at Ball State University in Central Indiana. While in graduate school, Robby completed a school internship focusing on Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC). During that time, he fell in love with helping individuals, with various disabilities and verbal abilities, learn to use a communication device to speak for themselves. He moved from Indiana to Colorado in the summer of 2013 to begin working at Inspiring Talkers. In the summer of 2015, he attended the Talking With Technology Camp at Rocky Mountain Village. This is a week-long camp dedicated to teaching children how to use their AAC devices to communicate. In his spare time, Robby enjoys snowboarding, camping, hiking, biking and traveling.
Laura Welsh has been working at Inspiring Talkers since moving to Colorado from Illinois in the fall of 2013. She is a nationally and state certified speech-language pathologist, and holds a Master's Degree from Eastern Illinois University. She is also a member of ASHA, the American Speech and Hearing Association. She has experience working with children who have a variety of communication disorders, including but not limited to autism, ADHD, apraxia, articulation delays, phonological disorders, stuttering, receptive and expressive language delays, selective mutism, cleft lip/palate, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and the use of augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC). When Laura is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Bailey. She enjoys camping, hiking, and fishing.
Kyle received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marquette University in the summer of 2005. After graduation, he moved to Colorado and dedicated two years of his life to public service through the AmeriCorps NCCC program. At that time, he provided community outreach, assisted low-income families, responded to national disasters, and operated as a Wild Land Fire Fighter with the US Forest Service. After AmeriCorps, Kyle developed a passion for working with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and communication needs as a paraprofessional and life skills and supports specialist. In 2013 he returned to school to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Kyle’s interests as an SLP include the evaluation and treatment of individuals with complex communication needs, early intervention services, and building positive relationships with the families we serve. “My mission is to embody the difference I wish to inspire and to serve to the best of my talents. I aim to be a gentle voice when tensions rise, a positive force for change, and an advocate for those in need.“
Ben is a speech-language pathologist who has been working at Inspiring Talkers since moving to Colorado in summer of 2016, after graduating with his Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Akron. Ben has experience working with children in various settings and communication disorders such as ADHD, apraxia, articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairments, Down syndrome, expressive and receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, hearing loss, phonological disorders, Prader-Willi Syndrome, social communication, traumatic brain injury and voicing disorders. Ben also has experience programming and implementing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices with children during therapy. During his free time, Ben enjoys live music, reading, sports, staying active, traveling and volunteering with the Special Olympics.
Kelli Blenden received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in August 2015. During her time since graduate school, Kelli has gained experience working with individuals across the lifespan who experienced articulation, language, cognitive, voice, social, or swallowing disorders. Kelli also spent time working in a preschool for children with hearing loss. In this setting, Kelli provided speech-language therapy that focused on articulation, language, listening, and hearing aid/cochlear implant maintenance and troubleshooting. Kelli was initially drawn to Inspiring Talkers in 2015 for the clinic's focus on the treating the whole child and their family, particularly those children with complex communication needs. During her time with Inspiring Talkers, Kelli has developed a passion for working with children who experience difficulty eating or swallowing. In December 2015, Kelli completed the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Training and is certified to complete feeding therapy with children who demonstrate both sensory and oral-motor difficulties with feeding. When she's not working, Kelli loves hiking with her husband and two cattle dogs, skiing, rock climbing, reading, and exploring the local food truck scene.
Terri received her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Since graduating she has worked in preschools, elementary and high schools, as well as, in the private home health care setting. Her experience working with individuals with communication challenges includes but is not limited to those with autism, Down syndrome and other causes of global developmental delay, apraxia and other speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, and dyslexia. While in graduate school Terri completed a clinical assignment at the Talk with Technology Camp organized by Children's Hospital in Empire, CO where she became inspired to work with individuals that use a variety of light and high tech devices to communicate. In addition, Terri also has a passion working with those with reading difficulties and has begun training to be a certified Orton-Gillingham Reading Instructor. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs hiking, snowshoeing, camping and gardening. She also loves to swim and read.
Maggie began working at Inspiring Talkers during the summer of 2016 when she moved to Fort Collins from Kansas City to complete her clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology. She received her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Iowa after completing her Bachelor's degree at the University of Missouri. Through her experiences as a clinician, Maggie developed a passion for working with individuals with various complex communication needs. She has worked with individuals across the lifespan but particularly enjoys working with children and young adults. When Maggie is not working, she enjoys spending time in the mountains and being able to hike, bike, and ski.
Samantha graduated with her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of New Mexico in the summer of 2016. During her graduate school experience, Samantha quickly fell in love with working with individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication and moved to Colorado shortly after graduation to begin her clinical fellowship with Inspiring Talkers. Samantha is passionate about providing access to all families, including members of Spanish-speaking communities. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing, and cooking for friends and family.
Kaylee graduated with her Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015. She is also a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a provisional state license. She began working with Inspiring Talkers in 2017. Her experience includes working with students in grades pre-k through 5th grade who are diagnosed with mild to severe communication and/or cognitive disabilities. She has developed a desire help children and young adults who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to become successful communicators. In her free time, Kaylee enjoys traveling, camping, and completing DIY projects.
Mary is a speech-language pathologist who began her time at Inspiring Talkers as a student intern. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Dakota. During her graduate school experience and student internship, Mary developed a passion for working closely with children, their families, and other professionals. Mary has experience working with children with various communication disorders, including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, ADHD, apraxia, ataxia, receptive and expressive language delays, auditory processing disorders, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, and the use of augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC). She moved from Minnesota to Colorado in the fall of 2016 to begin her clinical fellowship with Inspiring Talkers. In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and dog, hiking, and exploring Colorado.
Emi received her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2017. During her graduate program, she worked with individuals with a wide range of communication needs including, but not limited to, expressive and receptive language delays, stuttering, articulation and phonological disorders, and the use of augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC). While in graduate school, Emi also attended the Talking with Technology Camp organized by the Children's Hospital of Colorado. This camp focuses on providing intensive intervention in the context of a motivating and meaningful environment to children using AAC devices. Through her graduate studies and experiences, Emi developed a passion for working with children with complex communication needs and AAC. In her free time, Emi enjoys reading, hiking, staying active, and baking.