Speech-language pathologists, also called SLPs, are experts in communication. SLPs treat many types of communication problems including problems with speech sounds, language, social communication, voice, and fluency.
SLPs are additionally known as speech therapists. Our Blast Off SLPs provide comprehensive evaluations followed by individualized treatment plans tailored to your child’s specific needs. We provide individual therapy sessions in person at our cheerful, clean, and fully equipped Miramar area clinic or via teletherapy if in person visits aren’t possible.
Our Blast Off SLPs specialize in the following areas:
Speech and Language Delays
Articulation and Phonology Disorders
Receptive/Expressive Language Disorders
Social Communication Difficulties/Pragmatic Language Disorders
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Motor Speech Disorders (Dysarthria and Childhood Apraxia of Speech)
LuAnn realized her dream of opening a pediatric speech and language therapy clinic in July 2012 when she founded Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services. That dream was furthered when she added occupational therapy and physical therapy to the clinic so that the families she served could have the benefit and convenience of multiple therapies at one location. LuAnn loves watching the progress that is made when children, families and therapists all work together toward one goal!
LuAnn has been a certified speech-language pathologist since 1982. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in education in the area of speech and hearing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her master’s degree in speech pathology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Over the years, LuAnn has worked in a variety of environments including hospitals, developmental centers, preschools, and outpatient multidisciplinary clinics. LuAnn specializes in pediatric speech and language pathology and has significant experience in Early Intervention and in the diagnosis and treatment of the range of pediatric communication disorders. LuAnn’s experience includes working with children who have diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Cleft Lip and Palate, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation Disorder, Phonology Disorder, Receptive and Expressive Language Impairment, Pragmatic Language Impairment, Voice Disorder, and Fluency Disorder. LuAnn also has experience in supervision of new speech pathologists and has a commitment to continuing education. She has introductory training in the PROMPT technique and DIR Floortime® and has completed advanced training in SCERTS®, an educational model addressing the key challenges facing children on the autism spectrum. In addition, she is certified by The Hanen Program® to teach the It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words courses for parents. She is a recipient of the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE).
Dana graduated with a Bachelor of Science in human Development and Linguistics from the University of California at Davis, where she also competed as a collegiate athlete. While at Davis, Dana worked at the Center for Child and Family Studies, a program funded to research interactions influencing children’s development of self, relationships, social-emotional competence, and cognitive development. Post graduation, Dana worked as a preschool teacher, where she learned more about speech-language delays and augmentative and alternative communication. One student in particular motivated Dana to apply to graduate school in order to better support the student’s communication needs. Dana obtained a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her clinical experience includes outpatient for pediatrics and adults, impatient rehabilitation for pediatrics and adults, and school-based settings, including early childhood, elementary and high school. She has treated communication disorders associated with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Down syndrome, hearing loss, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, tracheostomy, stroke and dementia. Dana is pursuing formal trainings in natural language acquisition, augmentative and alternative communication for gestalt language processors, executive functioning, and dynamic and temporal tactile cuing. Dana’s goal as a speech-language pathologist is to promote communication skills, self confidence, and independence at home and within the community.
Casandra graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders & a Minor in Psychology in 2013. She then graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Casandra has many years of experience working with the pediatric population within multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics and strives to meet the dynamic needs of each client. She has experience working in Early Intervention and with clients between the ages of 3-14 years of age with diagnoses including but not limited to Autism, Down Syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Hearing Impairment. Further, her expertise includes promoting multilingual language development for bilingual families and treating motor-based speech disorders. Casandra has been formally trained in PROMPT, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), the Kaufman method for treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech, DIR Floortime®, and Natural Language Acquisition. Therapeutic intervention strategies employed include the principles of motor learning, developing functional communication skills, and coaching the caregiver. Over the years, Casandra has held the title of Clinical Supervisor for multiple Speech Therapy Clinical Fellows and Speech Language Pathology Assistants. When not at the clinic, Casandra is working towards her Associate of Art in Spanish in hopes to better serve the Hispanic population.
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“We have been with Blast Off since 2018. It is a pleasure to see my children grow and learn at Blast Off. They have soared tremendously! Every therapist has been a delight to work with. Meghan, Mrs. LuAnn, Lauren, and Addie have all created great communication on my children’s development and schedules and it shows. Location is a plus! So for military families that reside on Miramar Base, it is a very convenient and small 5 minute drive away. I appreciate all the services that Blast Off provides as it has been a great help to my children’s development. They truly stand by their work and are here for our children’s needs. We are grateful.”