Speech-Language Pathologist: Caroline Berkovich, M.S. CCC-SLP

Providing Services in Branford Location

Caroline Berkovich received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings, including university clinics, public schools, and early intervention. She has supported children with language disorders, communication delays, articulation/phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and social communication disorders. 

Caroline has worked with children of all ages for over thirteen years in various capacities, including roles as a preschool teacher, a camp counselor, and a nanny. Throughout her career, she has always been passionate about literacy and early language development. Caroline believes in a multidisciplinary approach to intervention, with an emphasis on incorporating and collaborating with families. 

A few of Caroline's additional trainings and certifications include:

  • Language Literacy Learning for Diverse Students

  • The Role of Relationships in Early Development: The Connection Between Experiences and Language Capacity

  • Naturalistic Developmental Interventions in Autism

  • Connections between Speech Sound Production and Literacy Skills

  • Integrating Mindfulness Techniques into Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology

  • Digital Diets and the Impact of Screen Time on Language Development

  • Lively Letters + Sight Words You Can See

In her free time, Caroline enjoys reading, cooking, acting, and spending time with family (including her cats Ernie and Lucy).

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SLP Department Manager + Speech-Language Pathologist: Mariana Marchitto, M.S. CCC-SLP

Providing Services in Oxford Location

Mariana Marchitto received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. During her graduate studies she gained extensive experience working with a diverse caseload through pediatric outpatient rehabilitation facilities, specialty learning centers, public schools, university clinics, and telehealth experiences. She has worked with children with language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, voice disorders, and feeding deficits. She also has had experiences working with children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cleft lip and palate, and velopharyngeal dysfunction. 

 

Mariana is particularly passionate about working with infants and children ages birth to five and values the importance of building strong relationships with her clients and their families. She strives to implement an individualized, holistic approach to therapy that involves families and caregivers in treatment to provide support and carry-over into their homes and everyday lives. 

A few of Mariana's additional trainings and certifications include: 

  • Lively Letters + Sight Words You Can See

  • PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (Level I)

  • How to Identify and Treat the Sensory Component of Pediatric Feeding Difficulties

  • Building a Treatment Plan for Feeding Success: Tools for Your Toolbox

  • Adventures in Early Intervention: Navigating Goals, Strategies, and Families

  • Responsive Opportunity to Responsive Guidance in Pediatric Feeding Therapy: Considerations for a Responsive Use of Tools in Therapy

  • How Breastfeeding "Ties" Into Feeding Therapy

  • Picky Eating in the Preschool Classroom: MD & SLP Team Up to Solve the Problem

  • Picky Eaters vs Pediatric Feeding Disorders vs Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Using a Differential Diagnosis Decision Tree to Guide Intervention

  • Feed the Peds by Learning to Screen the Peds

  • Trauma and Feeding: Supporting Families at Mealtimes with a Trauma-Informed Lens

 

In her free time, Mariana enjoys being outside, hiking and playing games, spending time with her family and friends, and playing with her dogs.

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Speech-Language Pathologist: Paula Calandra, M.A., CF-SLP

Providing Services in Oxford Location

 

Paula Calandra received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Sciences from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. She has clinical experience working with patients across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient facilities, public elementary and preschools, university clinics, and long term acute and chronic care hospitals. 

 

Paula is so excited to be working full time with the pediatric population! She has worked with children of all ages in various capacities throughout her life including roles as a nanny, summer theater camp choreographer/music director, and community music group leader. Clinically, Paula has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families to establish and strengthen receptive/expressive language, pragmatic language, speech sound production, and overall functional communication including various levels of alternative and augmentative communication systems. She is passionate about collaborating with caregivers and following a family-centered approach to speech and language intervention. She aims to foster caregivers’ confidence in promoting their child’s communication in natural environments through open communication, strong collaboration, and home carryover strategies. 

 

A few of Paula’s additional trainings and certifications include:

  • PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (Level I)

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech using Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC)

  • AEIOU: An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding

  • Interdisciplinary training for personnel working with the Early Intervention population

 

In her free time, Paula enjoys going to the beach, singing, practicing yoga, watching her houseplants grow, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Beni Bear!

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SLP Department Manager + Speech-Language Pathologist: Sarah Aimone, M.S., CCC-SLP

Providing Services in Branford Location

 

Sarah Aimone received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. Sarah has clinical experience working in a variety of settings including adult and pediatric outpatient facilities, public schools, and telehealth experiences. She has experience working with children with receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and
phonology disorders, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.

 

Sarah is passionate about supporting her clients in communicating and expressing themselves through the most functional method that meets their individual needs. Sarah believes in the importance of incorporating the family into the therapeutic process to provide holistic care and support carry-over across environments. She is passionate about making therapy functional,
personalized, and most importantly fun for her clients.

A few of Sarah's additional trainings and certifications include:

  • AEIOU: An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding


In her free time, Sarah loves to hike with her dog, cook delicious food, practice yoga, and spend time with her friends and family.

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Speech-Language Pathologist: Marina Lajoie, M.A., CF-SLP

Providing Services in Oxford Location

 

Marina Lajoie received her Bachelor's dual degree in Cognitive Science and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences from the University of Connecticut and her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Connecticut. She has gained clinical experience working in a variety of settings including adult and pediatric outpatient facilities, inpatient hospital settings, public preschool and elementary schools, university clinics, and telehealth platforms.

 

Marina is excited about working with the pediatric population. She has worked with children of all ages who have articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders,  acquired brain injuries and pragmatic language deficits. She also has experience working with children who have medical diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. In addition to clinical experience, Marina has a strong research background where she utilized fMRI, EEG, and eye tracking technologies to analyze the psychological processes of language production and comprehension. Marina also recently participated in the Disney College Program where she was able to make magic for children from all over the world as an employee of the Walt Disney company. Marina strives to implement a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to intervention that is fun and engaging for her clients and accessible for caregivers.

 

A few of Marina's additional trainings include:

  • Lively Letters + Sight Words You Can See

 

In her free time, Marina enjoys baking, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her new puppy, Baci!

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Speech-Language Pathologist:Christina Renzoni, M.S. CCC-SLP

Providing Services in Oxford Location

Christina Renzoni received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT and her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. She has experience supporting speech and language skills in children across various settings, including public schools, programs for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and university clinics. Currently, she hold a full time position at Beecher Road Elementary School in Woodbridge, CT, supporting students in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) use, social communication, functional language, language, articulation/phonology, and early literacy skills. 

 

Christina is most passionate about the implementation of AAC, including eye tracking systems, across home and school environments, and she has supported students in various programs for ASD around the state. Additionally, she has experience working with children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, Hearing impairments, ADHD, and various behavioral needs.  She strives to provide evidence-based practices through client-centered sessions and places emphasis on collaboration with families to support generalization of skills.  

A few of Christina's additional trainings and certifications include:

  • TouchChat, Proloquo2Go, Snap Core First Implementation 

  • PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (Level I)

  • PCeye Tracking System Implementation

  • Early Autism Advances in Research and Clinical Practice

  • Neural Correlates of Audio-Visual Speech Perception in Autism

 

In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her husband and children, visiting the beach, and traveling to NYC to see family. 

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Speech-Language Pathologist: Chasse Guerrera, M.S. CCC-SLP

Providing Services in Oxford Location

Chasse Guerrera received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology with a Teaching Certification from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. While at Ithaca, Chasse worked under Dr. Carly Hosbach-Cannon on research in the area of voice, which she presented at the Fall Voice Conference in 2019. Chasse has clinical experience from a variety of settings, including public school settings serving pre-k through middle school, outpatient therapy centers, voice and swallowing clinics, early intervention services, and equine-assisted therapy. She has experience working with children and young adults in areas of expressive and receptive language, autism spectrum disorder, fluency, voice, swallowing, articulation, and AAC.

 

Chasse is passionate about working with children of all ages and their families, and creating relationships that support their progress and motivation. She especially enjoys interdisciplinary collaboration with other specialized therapy disciplines, as well as working with populations in areas of AAC, fluency, and articulation. 

 

A few of Chasse’s additional trainings include:

  • LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) Words For Life Training Level 1

  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Training Level 1

 

In her free time, Chasse enjoys being outdoors hiking or running, as well as spending time with family, friends, and her pet cat Smokey.

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Speech-Language Pathologist: Meredith Wilson, M.S. CCC-SLP

Providing Services in Branford Location

Meredith Wilson received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN and her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including pediatric and adult outpatient clinics, public schools, university, adult voice clinic, and autism clinics. She has provided therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, fluency disorders, ADHD, expressive and receptive language disorders, social language impairments, Down syndrome, articulation delays, phonological impairments, and childhood apraxia of speech. 

 

Meredith is excited about working with the pediatric population! She has worked with children in a variety of capacities for 17 years including as a preschool teacher, nanny, and special education paraprofessional. She is passionate about meeting children where they are and working alongside parents and families to develop functional therapy goals. Meredith is adept at utilizing evidence-based strategies to integrate speech and language techniques into everyday routines and activities. She strives to treat every child as an individual and to help them reach their full potential through play-based, engaging, and hands-on experiences and activities. 

 

A few of Meredith’s additional trainings and certifications include: 

  •  Diagnosis and Treatment of CAS Using Dynamic and Temporal Tactile Cueing (DTTC)

  •  Evidence-Based Tips for Implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  •  Using Dynamic Assessment to Reduce Bias and Identify Learning Potential

  •  Using Video Modeling to Teach Play Skills in Children with Autism

 

In her spare time Meredith enjoys reading, exercising, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, children, and two dogs.

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