About Us

Meet the Team

Laurie Johnson - MA, CCC-SLP 

Laurie is the founder and speech-language pathologist at CSLL, Inc. Laurie received a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. She practiced in public education for six years, working with 3-21 year old students, before entering the private sector. Laurie has particular interest in autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, stuttering, and learning disabilities. She has received advanced training in the SCERTS model of assessment for autism, ILAUGH model for social cognitive deficits (Michelle Garcia Winner), as well as attending extensive workshops in additional autism and fluency research. Her operational philosophy is assessment drives intervention and therefore believes in thorough investigation prior to designing an individual intervention plan. She also believes that intervention must be functional and transformational in a child’s life.

Laurie has been married to Steve for 40 years, living in Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Minnesota. They have 2 adult children, Andrew and Kathryn. Andrew and Kathryn live in Austin, Texas.


Alaina Kelley - MA, CCC-SLP

Alaina received her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2009, after receiving her bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Macalester College. She is a current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a participant in the Reggio-Inspired Network of Minnesota.

Alaina's style of speech-language therapy grows out of a deep respect for each child as a competent person and a member of a family, classroom, and community. If you observe her in a therapy session, you will see her closely observing the child to hypothesize what the child is ready to learn; developing a relationship with the child that strives to support his or her growth as a self-motivated learner; and documenting the learning process in order to give the child and his or her family another way of seeing the child's competence.

Her style of speech-language therapy is strongly informed by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy that views children, parents, and teachers as co-researchers who are collaborating to learn from each other, as well as by the SCERTS Model, a model for assessment and therapy of children with autism that uses observation to understand a child's social communication, emotional regulation, and transactional supports. She draws inspiration from therapeutic processes across a range of disciplines, especially the writings of Richard Bromfield, Anat Baniel, Jesper Juul, Patty Wipfler (Hand in Hand), Lawrence Cohen, Brene Brown, The Wakanheza Project, Michelle Garcia Winner, and Stanley Greenspan.

Alaina has expertise and experience seeing clients with a wide range of communication challenges, in the areas of expressive and receptive language, autism, speech-sound production, fluency, and cleft palate. She particularly specializes in communication growth for children who:

  • Are minimally verbal or nonverbal
  • Use echolalic speech (repeating or "scripting"), and / or
  • Are growing up in bilingual or multilingual families

As a student, she completed the Bilingual-Multicultural Emphasis Program Certificate and traveled to Mexico to study cross-cultural approaches to special education. Alaina is able to offer speech and language services specific to multilingual and multicultural families, with a focus on supporting the development and maintenance of both / all languages the family uses. She has a professional working proficiency in Spanish, which allows her to communicate with Spanish-speaking parents and children, and provide some basic speech and language services in Spanish.

Papers and Presentations: 

  • Kelley, A. & Kohnert, K. (2011). Is there a cognate advantage for typically developing Spanish-speaking English-language learners? Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 43, 191-204. 
  • Kelley, A. & Kohnert, K. (November, 2009). Cognate advantage in vocabulary performance of typically developing bilingual children. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans. 

Hannah Julien - MA, CCC-SLP

Hannah is currently a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she also earned her master's degree.She is around CSLL, Inc. as she is available, to work with clients and partner with clinicians in team-based decision making. Hannah earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Her primary clinical and research interests are related to dosage (e.g., amount) of intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Hannah is also interested in cultural orientation toward disability. Hannah completed the Bilingual-Multicultural Emphasis Program as part of her master’s degree, and spent a summer in Mexico studying bilingualism and cross cultural approaches to special education. Hannah likes thinking about the best ways clinicians can partner with parents, particularly to implement routines-based intervention. Outside of the world of speech and language therapy, Hannah enjoys running, cycling, and spending time with her husband and their dog. When she finishes her PhD, she hopes to find a balance between clinical practice and work as a university instructor.

 Selected Papers and Presentations:

Julien, H. M.,Finestack, L., Munson, B., & Bishop, S. (2013, November).Discriminating clinical groups based on nonword repetition accuracy.Poster presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.


 Julien, H. M.,& Munson, B. (2012).Modifying speech to children based on their perceived phonetic accuracy.Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55,1836-1849.


 Andrea Howard - COTA/L

Andrea has an Associate Degree from Anoka Technical College and has been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant since spring of 2008. Andrea has worked with children and young adults with disabilities for 15+ years. She has been a nanny for children with special needs and has also worked as a personal car attendant before attending school as a COTA. She has particular experience working with diagnoses of Down Syndrome, Autism and developmental delays. Andrea has been trained in the SCERTS Model, ILS and Handwriting Without Tears. She has a strong focus working on handwriting skills, gross motor strength and coordination, activities of daily living and executive functioning skills. Andrea strives to develop a relationship with each child that will help build independence, confidence and success.

Andrea lives in Inver Grove Heights, MN, with her husband, Brian, and son, Landon. She enjoys exploring life as a new mom, baking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends. Andrea can usually be found with a good cup of coffee nearby.

 

Rachael LeVahn - COTA/L

 

Rachael graduated from Anoka Technical College in May of 2013 with an  Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  From her early years, Rachael has always enjoyed interacting with children.  She previously worked as a personal care attendant providing services to a variety of children with special needs and collaborated with families to best meet the needs of the children. 

As a student, Rachael gained experience in both pediatric and adult out patient settings.  Working in the pediatric occupational therapy field fulfills her passion of utilizing playful engagement to help children meet the demands of their daily life with success. 

In her free time, Rachael enjoys spending time outdoors, photography, games, drinking coffee and engulfing herself in a good book, and being with friends and family.


Kaitlin Ullrich - MA, CFY-SLP

Kait received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in May of 2016, after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in May 2013.

Kait began working with children with special needs during her freshmen year of college when she applied for a part-time job at an all-inclusive daycare in Madison, and has continued to gain clinical pediatric experience in a variety of settings ever since. She has experience working with children diagnosed with a variety of disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Overtime, Kait has developed particular interest in working with early childhood speech and language needs including: language delay, AAC and picture exchange, articulation disorders, fluency and stuttering, and childhood apraxia of speech. She is a firm advocate for the importance of early intervention.

In addition, Kait completed her Master’s degree with a special interest in working with children growing up in culturally diverse families and received a certificate for the Bilingual and Multicultural Emphasis Program (BiMEP) upon graduation. She has fostered her interest in cultural diversity by teaching English in both Thailand and the Dominican Republic.

Anne Nelesen - MS, CCC-SLP

Anne received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1999 after receiving her Bachelor’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Marquette University. Over the past 17 years Anne has worked with both pediatric and adult populations across a variety of environments including schools, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient centers. Anne has a special focus in the area of Augmentative / Alternative Communication with an interest in mounting of communication systems and considerations due to access limitations.

Anne joined the CSLL team in 2016 after working for 8 years with the MN/ND/SD Chapter of the ALS Association and three years with a state-funded grant program in Minnesota called Technology for HOME. Her philosophy is that therapy should be fun and goal-focused. Anne continually consults with families of the children she serves to ensure parents and caregivers are a part of the child’s goal creation and their progress in and out the clinic.

Anne is married and has four children, two of whom have special needs. Being both a provider and a parent of kids needing extra assistance has made her acutely aware of the needs of families that she works with.


Erica Needham - MA, CCC-SLP

Erica Graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014, after receiving her bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University.

Erica joined the CSLL team in 2016. Erica aims to provide each individual with the necessary tools, confidence, and individualized support in order to fulfill that individual's goals, to become lifelong learners, and to realize his/her full potential. Erica has experience working with adults in a skilled nursing facility and with children in school settings. Erica has a special interest in pragmatic language treatment and the frameworks created by Michelle Garcia Winner, autism spectrum disorders, literacy-based intervention, and multicultural/multilingual considerations.

In her spare time, Erica enjoys reading, participating in yoga and Pilates, biking, and spending time with family and friends.



Jenna Elliot - MOTR/L


Erin Kearn - COTA/L


Rylee Wagner - MA, CFY-SLP


Cheryl Cooney - Office Manager

Cheryl joined our team in July 2012. She attended Central Lakes College for Administration and comes to us with over 15+ years of business office experience and expertise. Cheryl keeps the CSLL staff organized, upbeat and moving at the speed of light! Cheryl is responsible for the smooth operation of the day to day business of the company and makes it possible for us to function so efficiently. Cheryl works with all our families at CSLL and does whatever she can to make schedules synchronize and ensure appointments run smoothly.  She is always available to answer questions regarding insurance coverage and finances.

Cheryl lives in Andover, MN with her two children and spouse, Jake. She has a son and a daughter who are always on the go. Cheryl enjoys camping, fishing, taking pictures, attending car shows with Jake's '50 Chevy and spending time with family and friends.


 Kallie Grams - Administrative Assistant

Kallie is currently a sophomore at St. Catherine University, in St. Paul.  She is majoring in Occupational Therapy and minoring in Spanish. Kallie has lots of experience with children through babysitting, being a nanny, and teaching swimming lessons. Combining her passion for helping children and her curiosity in occupational therapy, Kallie aspires to become an occupational therapist who incorporates psychological and emotional well-being as well as physical needs to help improve the daily lives of children and their families.

Kallie performs general office duties and contributes creativity, organization and a delightful energy. She is the smiling face you are greeted with when you come through our front door and the happy voice on the other end of your phone call to CSLL.

Kallie is from New Prague, Minnesota, currently living in St. Paul for school. When she is not in class or at work she enjoys swimming, reading, traveling and photography.

                                                         

                                                               

                                            

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"Thanks for all the work with Maddison. Her progress since coming to your clinic is impressive. Under your guidance she has made great strides and Bruce and I really appreciate you and your staff."

Janice


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