About Kidspeak

Founded in 2001 by two pediatric speech-language pathologists, Kidspeak Ltd. is dedicated to improving the lives of our clients and their families by providing quality speech, language, feeding and occupational therapy services. Our focus is family centered in–home speech and occupational therapy designed to facilitate greater client achievement.

 

Kidspeak therapists specialize in providing services to children ranging in age from birth to adolescence. We provide services in the home environment as well as daycare centers, in-home daycares and private schools throughout the 10 county Twin Cities Metro area.

Amy and Our Team

Amy Chouinard, MA, CCC-SLP

Amy Chouinard, MA, CCC-SLP

Owner and Founder

Amy Chouinard is the owner and co-founder of Kidspeak Ltd. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed with the state of Minnesota. Amy received her undergraduate degree in speech pathology at Marquette University and her graduate degree in communication disorders from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Amy has had extensive training in oral-motor/feeding disorders and has also participated in specialized Autism Spectrum Disorder therapy programs. Her clinical background experience includes hospital and clinical pediatric speech language services. Amy also co-authored and co-produced Baby Babble, a speech and language video series for children as well as co-authored the book “Let’s Talk Together”.  In her spare time, Amy loves to read, travel, be outdoors camping, hiking and boating but most of all, spending time with her husband and their three children.

Jenny Alders, OTR/L

Jenny Alders, OTR/L

Jenny has worked for the past 18 years as an Occupational Therapist in the school systems and has had the opportunity to work with children with a wide range of special needs.  Jenny has a husband and 3 daughters who keep her busy when she is not working.  Their youngest daughter has down syndrome.  As a family, they enjoy horseback riding and often travel to compete at weekend barrel races during the summer.

Marjorie Carlson, M.A. CCC-SLP

Marjorie Carlson, M.A. CCC-SLP

Marjorie has clinical background experience across age ranges from preschool through adulthood in a variety of settings including schools, group homes, day programs, private practice, summer camps, and in-home services.  She completed her master’s thesis on replacing problem behavior with communicative alternatives and have a specialized career interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and severe/profound developmental and cognitive disabilities.  Marjorie lives in the northeast metro with her husband and three young children and loves to spend time volunteering, reading, painting, practicing yoga and just being with family and friends.

Laura Egan, M.A. CCC-SLP

Laura Egan, M.A. CCC-SLP

Laura’s clinical focus has been working with school-aged clients with a wide-range of disabilities including autism, down syndrome, various genetic disorders, along with articulation, language and fluency disorders.  She has formal training in Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), PROMPT, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking strategies, and attends ongoing trainings to stay current on the latest methods in the field.  When not at work, Laura loves to spend time with her husband and two young children.

Angie Lange, M.S. CCC-SLP

Angie Lange, M.S. CCC-SLP

After completing her graduate degree, Angie and her husband lived in China and taught ESL.  Angie has had training in oral-motor/feeding disorders. She has completed clinical internships in the hospital and school setting. When not at work, Angie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two sons.

Marlene Schoenberg, Ed. M CCC-SLP

Marlene Schoenberg, Ed. M CCC-SLP

Marlene Cohen- Schoenberg has worked with both children and adults over her career.  She has extensive experience in working with clients who speak several languages. She has written two books on this topic and is the founder of Ethnic Communication Arts. She has frequently presented poster sessions at the Minnesota Speech and Hearing Association and nationally at the American Speech Language Hearing  Association Conventions.

Trista Blade, M.S. CCC-SLP

Trista Blade, M.S. CCC-SLP

Trista’s passions include childhood apraxia of speech and augmentative and alternative communication. When not at work Trista enjoys playing roller derby, planning for next Halloween, and playing with her pug.

 

Danielle Carter, MS OTR/L

Danielle Carter, MS OTR/L

Danielle started her OT career working with adults with brain injuries but prefers working with children and has spent the majority of her OT career in pediatric settings.  She has worked both in schools and early intervention where she led preschool community based playgroups, sensory groups, a feeding team, and individual home based therapy sessions in Boston, Massachusetts prior to moving to Minnesota.   When not at work, Danielle enjoys running, knitting, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Gretchen Findlay, M.A. CCC-SLP

Gretchen Findlay, M.A. CCC-SLP

Gretchen, recently moved to Minnesota from Michigan.  In Michigan, Gretchen worked as a SLP in the schools where she serviced students with a variety of communication needs between the ages of 3 and 18. She also held an elementary education teaching certificate for grades K-5. She completed PECS and EET trainings and created her own summer speech therapy camp called Speech At The Beach. Professionally, Gretchen was selected to be on the Curriculum Advisory Assembly for Grand Valley State University and elected the Student Affairs Committee Chair for the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Other interests and hobbies of Gretchen’s include teaching ice skating lessons, being the Communications Chairperson for the Basswood Elementary PTO Board, teaching Sunday School at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, and other school and church volunteer events. Gretchen enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, jogging, and walking her dog. She loves to sip on a fresh cup of coffee too!

Denise Lowe, M.A. CCC-SLP

Denise Lowe, M.A. CCC-SLP

In the past, Denise has worked for the Osseo School District in early childhood and in elementary school settings.  She has a passion for working with children to improve their overall speech and language skills.  In her free time, Denise enjoys spending time with her family, camping, exercising, traveling and reading.    

Amy Zitur, MOT, OTR/L

Amy Zitur, MOT, OTR/L

Amy has had specialized training in reflex integration techniques, motor planning and praxis skill development, functional vision therapy, and sensory integration. Amy’s clinical experience includes specialized treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, outpatient pediatric occupational therapy, and school-based services. Outside of work, Amy loves to spend time with her new husband, re-purpose old furniture, and compete in triathlons.

Chandra Bushard, M.A. CCC-SLP

Chandra Bushard, M.A. CCC-SLP

Chandra is a full time Speech-Language Pathologist in the Edina Public schools (since 2003) and has worked at Kidspeak since 2007.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 girls. She also owns a photography business which keeps her quite busy as well throughout the year.

 

Jill Dimitri, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jill Dimitri, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jill grew up in central Illinois and has practiced in Connecticut, Michigan, and Illinois prior to moving to Minnesota in 2015.  She has worked with children and families in their homes and in clinic settings for 20 years.  For the last 15 years she has specialized in birth-3/early intervention for the State of Illinois.  She really enjoys working with children with apraxia, ASD, and general delayed language development.  Jill lives in the NE metro area with her husband and two children.  If she has spare time when she is not in an ice rink or chauffeuring kids around, she enjoys reading, exercising, being outdoors and shopping. 

Jennifer Gallagher, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jennifer Gallagher, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jennifer grew up in Florida and graduated with a B.A. in Communication Disorders from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.   Jennifer is also licensed with the state of Minnesota.  Her clinical background includes working with children to adults in hospital, clinical, home and school settings. In her spare time, Jennifer loves spending time with her active family, boating, attending cultural events, cooking and hosting foreign exchange students.

Diane Penzkover, MHS, CCC-SLP

Diane Penzkover, MHS, CCC-SLP

Diane grew up in Illinois and moved to Minnesota in July 2016, from the Chicago area.  She has worked with both children and adults for over 20 years.  She has specialized in working with children and those birth-three, since 1999, in the home setting.  Diane has been licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, as well as Minnesota.  She has supervised other therapists in both the home and school settings.  Diane lives in the west metro area with her husband, two boys, and their chocolate lab.  Their youngest son has an Autism diagnosis.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, walking their dog, visiting with family and friends, reading, cooking, shopping, crafting, and watching movies.

We had our son in speech thru the city of Minneapolis for about 2 years, and didn’t see much progress. We then decided to go the private speech route. After just a couple months, our son’s speech excelled after working with Kidspeak! It worked out great that the therapist could travel to his preschool and practice speech there, so he could do it in a school setting. There were also times that she came to our home and that was great too. I highly recommend Amy and her experienced staff.

Shayla B.

Minneapolis

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