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Ohio Based Speech and Language Therapy Options

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, we provide direct evidence-based therapies, consultation services and training in social behavior techniques and intervention strategies for children and adults with autism, ADD/ADHD, and other developmental conditions.

Watch Melissa Yusko, MA, CCC/SLP, our Coordinator of Speech Services & Speech-Language Pathologist as she discusses what Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) is and how important it is to help her patients communicate. 

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Speech and language therapy services focus on building a variety of skills that help your child not only listen, but speak and communicate in a more clear and effective way. Therapy can take form in many ways depending on your child’s specific need. Our team works directly with you and your child to build an individualized care plan to build on strengths and work through challenges together. 

Areas of focus:

  • Articulation
  • Receptive and Expressive Language
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Social Communication
  • Fluency
  • Communication Modalities

What is Receptive Language?

Receptive language involves listening to others and includes skills like understanding Wh-questions, following directions, labeling, sorting, etc.

What is Expressive Language?

Expressive language focuses on skills like generating complete sentences using correct verb tenses and structures.

Generally speaking, receptive language is about listening to others while expressive language involves talking. Our Speech-Language Pathologist helps your child have a better understanding and appropriate use of language as they both learn to listen and to speak.  


What is Apraxia of Speech?

Apraxia of speech is a speech sound disorder. Some children struggle with consistently and correctly making correct speech sounds. Our Speech-Language Pathologist works with your child to strengthen and improve the coordination of the muscles used when speaking to help improve their speech sound production skills and be better understood by listeners. 

What is Social Communication?

Social communication allows your child to share their experiences, thoughts and emotions with others.  Through real life and practical practice scenarios, our Speech-Language Pathologist can help your child improve their social skills. These can include conversation and play skills used when interacting with others. Your dedicated speech language pathologist may work with your child on initiating, maintaining, and ending conversations as well as turn-taking and flexibility during play just like in a real life situation. Non-verbal communication (i.e. understanding and using appropriate facial expressions, body language, eye contact) can also be an area of focus as a part of your child’s social communication plan.

What is Fluency?

Fluency is your child’s ability to express themselves easily and articulately. Using a variety of fluency techniques, your Speech-Language Pathologist can help your child to decrease their stutter and improve their fluency of speech and their natural flow of communication interactions. 


What are Communication Modalities?

If your child is non-verbal and requires alternative forms of communication, your Speech-Language Pathologist provides specialized assessments to identify the most appropriate approach or device for your child. Our team will assist your family with programming, training, and support in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices for both your child and you. 

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologists

Melissa Yusko, MA, CCC/SLP
Coordinator of Speech Services & Speech-Language Pathologist

Melissa Yusko is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with 10 years of experience as a pediatric outpatient therapist working with children of varying ages and skill levels. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Arts in Communication Sciences from Case Western Reserve University. Melissa previously worked as an outpatient therapist at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism where she provided individual therapy and parent training to increase functional communication, receptive and expressive language, social/pragmatic language, and speech production skills.

Sara Rossman, MA, CCC/SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Sara Rossman is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with 6 years experience providing therapy to children aged 4-12 building expressive, receptive, pragmatic, and articulation skills. At the Julie Billiart school she provided individual, small group, and whole group social skills instruction. She ran the pre-school section of the Beyond Camp program preparing the youngest learners for school. She obtained her Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Lauren Jeunnette
Lauren Jeunnette, MA, CF/SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren Jeunnette is a Speech-Language Pathology clinical fellow with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Akron. Lauren is a certified Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist. Lauren previously worked as an outpatient therapist at Building Blocks Therapy, providing specialized speech-language therapy services to children with Autism, where she provided individual therapy to improve social/pragmatic language, speech production, functional communication, expressive language, and receptive language. 

Funding Options

  • Scholarship

    Education services we provide are eligible for billing to the Autism Scholarship and the Jon Peterson Scholarship.

    For more information please visit: https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships

  • In-network

    Our clinicians are in-network with Aetna, Anthem, CareSource, Cigna, Cigna Medical, Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan, Evernorth, Medical Mutual, Optum, and United Healthcare for ABA and Psychology. We will contact your insurance provider for prior authorization to determine your out-of-pocket costs due at the time of your appointment.