A Career Devoted to Helping Young People Find Their Voice
Ana Curtin founded SPEAK, which stands for Serving Parents, Educators, And Kids, in 2002. She saw a need for a specialized and relationship-based option for families. While the core of her work is directly with children, “Ms. Ana” (as her patients call her) believes collaborating with their caregivers, medical team, and educational communities leads to the best outcomes.
Ms. Ana brings more than 20 years of experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist to SPEAK. She grew up in New Jersey and began working with children at a young age. She focused her studies on pediatrics during her undergraduate education at Penn State University and graduate program at Loyola University in Maryland.
Since graduation, she has remained a perpetual student of professional development, having received the ACE Award from American Speech Language Hearing Association for volume and excellence of continuing education many times. With too many trainings to mention, Ms. Ana is most notable for being the first PROMPT-CERTIFIED therapist in Maryland in 2004, for expertise in the area of OROFACIAL MYOLOGY and for her reputation for managing APRAXIA and TONGUE TIES. She has served as the oral motor specialist for Loyola’s graduate clinic, been a consultant to special school programs, and serves as a featured speaker at local and international SLP workshops like those offered through Talk Tools.
While motivating kids with fun activities, Ms. Ana uses advanced techniques to get to the core of the communication issue, then builds meaningful abilities and skills in a nurturing way. She believes that a family's understanding of how to support new skills represents a key component to a child making efficient progress. Ms. Ana will do everything possible to support your child on his or her journey, such as including family members in therapy sessions, collaborating with other therapists, or meeting with doctors, as appropriate.
As a result of her cutting-edge approaches and mastery with sophisticated techniques, SPEAK has been recommended countless times by pediatricians and other therapists to work with complex cases. Ms. Ana looks forward to working with you to help empower your child through speech, oromyofunctional or feeding therapy.
PROMPT Certified, 2004
Maryland State Licensure
Suitable Qualifications for Early Intervention (MSDE)
Hanen Certified, 2001
American Speech Language Hearing Association
International Association of Orofacial Myology