About the Director of VOICE, LLC AAC Center
Julie Taylor received her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Vermont in 1995, with a clinical focus on the specialization of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Julie received her hospital AAC training and educational/community based AAC clinical work at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in 1994.
She worked for Copley Hospital, and later at Gifford Medical Center (GMC) in Randolph, Vermont. At GMC in the fall of 2005, Julie developed a practice in general speech and language pathology for pediatric, adult and geriatric populations, as well as in AAC consultation and evaluation for all ages. She also consulted in schools during that time. She has been in private practice since 2000, with offices in Montpelier and Waterbury, and she has continued to specialize in AAC. She evaluates, consults and provides trainings throughout the states of Vermont and New Hampshire with device users, with their families, with their educational teams and with other agencies.
Julie has worked extensively with individuals who have Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Mitochondrial Disease and Cerebral Vascular Accidents, as well as rare genetic syndromes and chronic progressive diseases. In 2007, she started the Device Buddy Camp of Vermont, a summer camp for adolescent device users in Central Vermont, and started Camp Voice in July, 2011, also for adolescent device users. She received the Community Member of the Year Award from the Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis (VABA) in June, 2008. Julie opened VOICE, LLC AAC Center on September 1, 2010 and the center has grown to include four speech language pathologists/AAC specialists (see below).
Julie holds a professional license in Speech Language Pathology from the Vermont Department of Education and her Clinical Certificate of Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a member of ASHA, the ASHA AAC special interest division, the Vermont Speech Language Hearing Association (VSHA), USSAAC (United States Society of AAC) and ISAAC (International Society of AAC).
About Jennifer Garland
Originally from Rochester, NY, Jennifer (Jen) Garland has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology in Vermont schools since 2002. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 1997. Jen has worked extensively with individuals who have autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning impairments, and learning disabilities in elementary and middle schools in Iowa, California and Vermont. She has always served students with significant augmentative and alternative communication needs, including those who use speech generating devices.
Jen holds a professional educator’s license in Speech Language Pathology from the Vermont Department of Education and her Clinical Certificate of Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a member of ASHA and the AAC special interest division. Jen has been working at VOICE, LLC AAC Center since September, 2010.
About New Clinical Staff
We were very pleased to have Leah Sophrin, M.S. CCC-SLP join us in September, 2012. Leah graduated from UVM with her masters in communication science and disorders in Spring of 2011. Her bio will follow shortly.
Christy LaMora just agreed to join our practice this September, 2013. She contributes 40 years of SLP experience to VOICE, LLC AAC Center. Christy’s bio will follow shortly.