Annmarie Zuluaga Yafrate, M.S. CCC-SLPSpeech-Language Pathologist
Annmarie Yafrate received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College in Boston, after graduating from Tufts University with a Masters in Child Development. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a License in Speech-Language Pathology from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Annmarie has clinical experience working in both pediatric outpatient hospital and school-based settings. She has worked with clients with a variety of diagnoses and disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down syndrome, expressive-receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, cerebral palsy, global developmental delays, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), and traumatic brain injury) and has extensive experience working with families from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Annmarie specializes in the use of both low and high-tech alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems for those clients who require and benefit from support to augment their current communication capabilities. She works collaboratively with families to help decide the best communication method for her clients and also believes in the importance of collaborating closely with other professionals (e.g., school staff, OT’s, PT’s, physicians, etc.) in order to provide the most comprehensive care. Annmarie creates motivating and enjoyable therapy sessions using a total communication approach and makes language visual during therapy sessions (e.g., in the form of picture symbols, communication books, picture schedules, topic displays, positive behavior support systems, aided language stimulation, dedicated communication devices, etc.). Through her previous work she has also developed a strong understanding of the link between behavior and communication and is well versed in the concepts of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).