Marion Leaman, MS CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in working with adults and has worked in a variety of medical and clinical settings for more than 20 years, diagnosing and treating adults with speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders and differences. She is a doctoral student at Teacher’s College/Columbia University in New York City, where she is pursuing research in optimal therapy methods for aphasia. In addition, Marion is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University, where she provides clinical instruction to graduate students in the neuro and adult speech and language clinics. She is on the advisory board for the Westport Center for Senior Activities expansion project, has been a board member of Westport Girl Scouts for 12 years, and has volunteered her time in many capacities at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Marion is passionate about working with adults to optimize their communication and swallowing abilities through innovative, individually tailored programs. She has a special interest and expertise in treating both aphasia (and its related disorders, apraxia and dysarthria) and Parkinson’s Disease. In addition to these areas, she has many years of experience treating teens and adults with Brain Injury, Executive Function Disorder and Neuro-Motor disorders as well as adults with Alzheimer’s Disease. More recently in her clinical career, Marion has completed specialized training in Accent Reduction, Voice Disorders and Transgender Voice and Communication, to allow for a full-array of services of interest to adults seeking Speech Language Pathology services.
Education and Professional Publications
Marion holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in French Literature and Economics and an MS from Boston University in Speech Language Pathology. Her first-hand experience in learning French as a second language, as well as having studied Italian, Latin, Spanish and Japanese have made her very aware of the frustrations and challenges in communicating when language ability is limited as well as in being a speaker of a second language with a foreign accent. She possesses the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, is a member of The Connecticut Speech Language Hearing Association and has advanced certification in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Method (LSVT), Lessac-Madsen Resonance Voice Therapy (LMRVT), Casper-Stone Confidential Flow Therapy (CSCFT) and the Compton — Pronouncing English as a Second Language (Compton–PESL). She was published in the leading journal, Aphasiology with colleague Jon Preston, PhD in 2014 and has had multiple posters regarding her research in the area of aphasia accepted at The American Speech Language Hearing Association’s Annual Conventions for 2012 and 2015.
Christie DeLuca, MS CF-SLP, is a Clinical Fellow in Speech-Language Pathology who joined the TalkSpot in August 2016. She has varied experience working with adults with communication and swallowing impairments and has worked in a variety of settings including a university clinic, private practice, outpatient rehabilitation center, and long-term care facility. She has experience treating those with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, cognitive-linguistic disorders, dementia, voice disorders, and accent modification needs. She additionally has experience leading an interdisciplinary drama therapy aphasia group for members with varying types of aphasia. She has worked with adults with a wide range of diagnoses including Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, traumatic brain injuries, cognitive deficits, fluency disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Christie has a particular interest neurogenic communication disorders and has conducted extensive research on investigating client perceptions and quality of life impacts of those with the neurological voice disorder, Spasmodic Dysphonia. She has presented her research at the national American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) conferences in both 2014 and 2015 and is preparing to present her current research at the upcoming national conference in November, as well as publish the results of this research. Christie has been an invited speaker to discuss her research at two National Spasmodic Dysphonia support groups.
Education and Training
Christie holds a BA from Boston College, where she studied Psychology and Communications. She has additionally studied both Spanish and Italian. She received a Master of Science degree from New York University, where she completed a master’s thesis, graduated with Honors, and finished at the top of her class. Christie additionally has experience as a Teaching Assistant at NYU, mentoring graduate students in voice therapy techniques.
Christie has completed specialized training courses in voice disorder treatment and is certified in providing Lee-Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT) and Casper-Stone Confidential Flow Therapy (CSCFT).
Christie has a passion for working with the adult population and for working collaboratively with clients in a meaningful way to help them reach their highest potential. She believes in the importance of increasing quality of life for individuals with communication difficulties, focusing on clients’ own goals, and in implementing functional and realistic approaches to achieve the highest quality results from therapy.