Cara is a speech language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with a diverse range of populations and disorders spanning early intervention, public and private schools from preschool through the high school level, as well as hospital based acute care. Cara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in 1985 and her Master of Arts from Kean University three years later. Oral motor treatment, feeding and swallowing disorders are among Cara’s areas of expertise.
Cara believes that by strengthening the articulators (lips, tongue and jaw), and utilizing a systematic, eclectic approach to exercises, manipulation and movement, a child will be able to improve the oral motor strength required for chewing and swallowing, and the production of clear, intelligible speech sounds. In addition, Cara has achieved great success in her treatment of Apraxia, phonological disorders and other disorders of motor planning, as well as receptive and expressive language disorders. “I truly believe that I can change children’s lives by empowering them with the ability to communicate. I love seeing a child transform from quiet or behaviorally challenged into a cooperative and oftentimes extremely successful child and student. My greatest joy as a speech language pathologist has come from meeting a child or parent years after I have treated them and seeing the person that they have become.”
Cara is extremely energetic and continues to learn new and exciting skills to enhance her practice. An avid athlete, fitness enthusiast, and Yogi, she is a fitness instructor and personal trainer in her spare time. She has recently become certified in Radiant Child Yoga (RCY-T) which she plans to incorporate into her work with children at POTS.