Abby is a speech-language pathologist currently completing her clinical fellowship at STG. She received her BA in Applied Psychology from Boston College, and she graduated from Boston University in 2016 with a MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked as a research assistant at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine on a variety of projects examining language processing in brain-damaged and healthy older adults. As part of her graduate training she has worked with pediatrics and adults with a variety of disorders in school, outpatient, hospital, and skilled nursing settings. As part of the STG team, she currently works in the school and outpatient setting. She is interested in voice, swallowing, language, and cognitive-communication disorders across the lifespan. Clinical Supervisors
When I was 28, a chance encounter at a social event with Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Glickman completely changed my life in so many ways that things have never been the same since, nor have they ever been better. That day, in a very brief, private conversation (one way, mind you, since I literally could not speak at the time) Marty explained, patiently and concisely, that talking, communicating was a skill not a gift or a birthright and that like any skill, whether it be sports, music, business or whatever, needed to be developed over a lifetime of hard work, discipline, organization and practice. Marty gave me some simple tips that day and then encouraged me to take those keys and apply them to methods of learning that I had received from the special teachers that I had come across in my life, particularly the 6 Hall of Fame basketball coaches that I had played for throughout my career. The beginning of my whole new life was as simple as that. No gimmicks, tricks or shortcuts. Just the realization that with some help, guidance and a lot of hard work that I too could do what seemed so easy, simple and natural to everyone else, yet seemed impossibly out of my reach and comprehension.
In the US, some children are eligible to receive speech therapy services, including assessment and lessons through the public school system . If not, private therapy is readily available through personal lessons with a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist or the growing field of telepractice.  Teleconferencing tools such as Skype are being used more commonly as a means to access remote locations in private therapy practice, such as in the geographically diverse south island of New Zealand.  More at-home or combination treatments have become readily available to address specific types of articulation disorders. The use of mobile applications in speech therapy is also growing as an avenue to bring treatment into the home.