Samantha is a lifelong word nerd who has been practicing as an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics at Yale University and master’s in communication sciences and disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Before joining the Speech Matters team, Samantha worked with infants and toddlers enrolled in community-based early intervention and with students ranging from preschool age through 22 years in both traditional and specialized educational settings. In addition to her pediatric clients at Speech Matters, Samantha continues to work with adults with intellectual disabilities in a habilitative setting. Samantha has experience treating children with a wide range of speech, language, and social needs, and she has a particular passion for helping emerging and alternative communicators with multiple needs find their voices. She values a flexible, playful, and team-based approach to therapy and loves to help children and families achieve progress that is both measurable and meaningful. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys games and puzzles of all kinds, travel, crafts, TV marathons, and dabbling in acting and costuming for community theater.