The Team

The Team

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Arden Hill, MS CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Owner

Arden has been studying and working in the field of Speech and Language Pathology since 1987. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. After obtaining her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison she returned to Boston to do her clinical fellowship at Children’s Hospital, Boston where she served as the principal clinician in the Swallowing Disorder’s Program.

There she performed videofluoroscopic swallow studies, serviced the Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital’s neonatal intensive care units, and evaluated children as inpatients and outpatients on a weekly basis.

She also worked in the Craniofacial and Cleft Lip and Palate Programs, where she serviced children who presented with atypical speech patterns associated with structural anomalies. In 2000 Arden left Children’s Hospital to divide her time between Children’s Speech and Language Services in Lexington, MA and the pursuit of private practice.

In 2003, Arden and Marnie Millington created Children’s Speech & Feeding Therapy, Inc. In addition to her work at the clinic helping children and training colleagues, Arden has been an adjunct professor at Emerson College since 2003, and trains fifteen graduate students per year in the skills necessary to provide therapy to children with feeding and swallowing disorders.

Colleges:
BS in Communication Disorders, Boston University,
MS in Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Memberships:
American Speech Language and Hearing Association,

Academic Relationships:
Adjunct Professor at Emerson College: CD641: Dysphagia Across the Life Span

Selected Presentations:

Primary Care of the Preterm Infant Conference, Waltham, MA (March 04, 2011)

Diagnosis and Management of Sensory vs. Behavioral Feeding Disorders, American Speech

Language Hearing Association National Convention, Boston, MA (November 17, 2007)

The Road to Oral Feeding, Kids with tubes support group, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (April 2006)

Difficulties with Feeding and Swallowing in the Eosinophilic Enteropathy Population, The International Eosinophilic Conference, Waltham, MA (August 1, 2003)

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Marnie Millington, MS CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Owner

Marnie is an import to the area having grown up in Seattle, Washington. She began her speech and language training in London, England and transitioned to the University of Washington. Marnie has been studying and working in the field of Speech and Language Pathology since 1991.

At the University of Washington, she worked as a research assistant on an NIH grant examining the acoustic and perceptual correlates of ALS speech, alongside Kathryn Yorkston, and Edythe Strand, Chief Investigators. She worked as a teaching assistant for Edythe Strand in her Motor Speech Disorders course. Marnie completed her undergraduate thesis on strategies to promote speech intelligibility and continued to hone her interest in working with adults and children with motor speech disorders during her graduate study.

After obtaining her Master’s degree at the University of Washington, Marnie worked at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma Washington. A family move to Boston resulted in working at Boston Children’s Hospital for several years where she provided informal training to her colleagues and staff members in pediatric dysarthria and childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

Marnie and her longtime friend and colleague, Arden Hill chose to create this clinic to provide ethical, evidence-based practice to support the communication and feeding needs of children. In addition to her work at the clinic helping children and training colleagues, Marnie has also taught at both Northeastern University and Emerson College, and has provided specific training to experienced SLPs that have been interested in CAS.

Colleges:
BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington
MS in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Washington

Memberships:
American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, Recognized for Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia

Academic Relationships:
Provides lectures and/or courses in Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Pediatric Dysarthria to graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology at Emerson College and Northeastern University

Provides training to experienced speech language pathologists who wish to increase their expertise in pediatric motor speech disorders.

PROMPT trained.

Recognized for Advanced Training & Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).

Presentations:

“Evidence of the Effects of Appropriate Intervention,” CASANA, National Conference, Denver, 2013

“Using Triage Concepts for Effective Treatment Planning and Improved Quality of Life for Children with Apraxia”, CASANA, National Conference, San Antonio, 2015

“What To Do When They’re Two: Assessment and Treatment of Children Between the Ages of two and three with Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech, CASANA Webinar , February 2016.

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Our Therapists (all with masters degrees and CCC-SLP):

 

Abbey

Abbey grew up in Maine and attended Syracuse University for her undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish.

After college, Abbey moved back to Maine and taught preschool-aged children with behavioral, developmental, and autism spectrum disorders using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Teaching this population sparked her interest in speech and language disorders. After several years of teaching, she supervised a team of teachers and coordinated services for her students. She completed courses in special education and obtained conditional certification as a teacher of students with disabilities from birth to age five. Abbey then moved to Denver, Colorado and worked as a service coordinator in Part C (Early Intervention). She coordinated ongoing therapy services and created individualized family service plans for children birth through age three.

Following her work in Early Intervention, Abbey decided to move back to the east coast to attend Emerson College for her master’s degree in speech-language pathology. While in graduate school, she completed pediatric placements in a variety of settings including a group language therapy program at the Robbins Center at Emerson College, an elementary school in Brookline, and the feeding therapy group at Children’s Speech & Feeding Therapy.

Abbey joined the team at Children’s Speech & Feeding Therapy upon completion of her graduate program. She has a special interest in working with children with feeding and swallowing disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and early language impairments.

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Jordan

Jordan grew up in Vermont and completed undergraduate studies in western New York where she obtained a degree in sociology with minors in psychology and child advocacy.

When she first moved to the Boston area, Jordan worked for an intensive early intervention organization that provided Floor Time and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to young children with Autism. After several years of providing therapy, she supervised a team of providers and worked closely with families to provide counseling and coordinate services. She took courses in ABA and was supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Following her stint in early intervention, Jordan decided to return to school to become a Speech and Language Pathologist. During her time at Emerson College, she completed placements at the Augmentative Communication Program at Children’s Hospital, the Thayer-Lindsley program working with children with hearing impairments and a feeding placement at Children’s Speech and Feeding Therapy.

Jordan began working for Children’s Speech & Feeding Therapy in 2011. She has provided support to new staff members and will supervise the group feeding program one day a week. Her interests continue to revolve around language, children with developmental disorders and feeding therapy.

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Lauren

Lauren stayed close to home to complete her undergraduate education at The College of New Jersey, where she obtained a degree in psychology with minors in communication sciences and disorders and women and gender studies. After college, she served two years as an AmeriCorps member in Redwood City, CA. During this time, Lauren worked with a nonprofit organization called Project READ, a library-based English literacy program that served youth, adults, and families.

Lauren moved to Boston to attend graduate school at Emerson College where she received her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology.  She has a special interest in working with children with motor-speech disorders, residual articulation disorders, early language impairments, and feeding disorders.

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Haley

Haley grew up in Delaware before moving to Washington D.C. to attend Georgetown University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and French. During her time at Georgetown, Haley worked with children who spoke English as a second language in the D.C. community to improve their English language and literacy skills. She also trained and supervised other tutors to provide those services.

After college, Haley attended Boston University to complete her graduate coursework. There, she assisted in a pilot preschool language intensive program, as well as completing outside placements at an elementary school in Newton and in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Augmentative Communication and Autism Language Programs.

Haley joined Children’s Speech & Feeding Therapy after completing her graduate program. She has a special interest in working with early, preschool, and school age language disorders, as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Hannah

Hannah grew up in North Andover, MA and completed her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Child Studies at Miami University in Oxford, OH. After college, she attended The George Washington University’s graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. While at GWU, she found a special interest in working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and worked in the Childhood Apraxia and Motor Planning (CHAMP) Camp at GW. She also conducted independent research examining parent’s perspectives on this treatment program. After graduation, she presented her research at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention.

Hannah joined the team at Children’s Speech & Feeding Therapy after completing her graduate program. In addition to motor speech disorders, Hannah also has a special interest in working with early-preschool and school age children with language disorders as well as children with phonological and articulation impairments.