Kids Communicate recognizes that choosing a therapist is of the utmost importance in the development of a child’s speech and language, the foundation of education and social growth. Lauren and her team of talented and creative therapists, use a variety of unique and cutting edge methodologies that combine traditional and progressive therapy techniques. Kids Communicate creates comprehensive and customized treatment programs based on a child’s one-on-one evaluation with Lauren. No two children are the same, and so each program is unique to the needs of a child.
Lauren Gurtman is the owner and director of Kids Communicate- a private practice centrally located in Hoboken NJ. Lauren is a Speech and Language Pathologist with over 20 years of professional experience. She is a Talk Tools Level 4 Oral-Placement Feeding Specialist and is PROMPT© Certified. Her specialties include treating oral–motor feeding disorders, muscle-based speech disorders, and challenging articulation cases providing therapy and diagnostic services to infants through school-aged children. Lauren is the only certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®) in Hudson County as she completed extensive training through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) and she is one of 3 therapists in the country to be certified in PROMPT, TalkTools, and Orofacial Myology. Lauren has also trained with the top airway focussed dentists and osteopaths to support her patients through progressive airway orthodontics such as ALF appliances. She can be found on the Apraxia-Kids SLP directory.
Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree at New York University where she was a Dean’s Circle Scholar, having graduated Summa Cum Laude and being admitted into Kappa Delta Pi’s Honor Society. She completed her Master’s at Montclair State University where she graduated with honors.
In 1999, Lauren was the recipient of the Marni H. Reisberg Scholarship award presented by the New Jersey Speech-Language and Hearing Association in recognition of “The pursuit of excellence in academic achievement and practice in the field of medical speech-language pathology”. She is also a seven-time recipient of the ACE award for continuing education from ASHA.
Lauren has received specialized training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech, ABA, DIR– Floortime, Auditory Verbal Therapy, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs), Lois Laynee Restorative Breathing, Myofascial release, Auditory Processing Disorders, Phonological Awareness and Reading, and Sensory Processing Disorders.
She is a member of ASHA, the New Jersey Speech-Language and Hearing Association, International Association of Orofacial Myology( IAOM), American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA) Hearing Association. She is certified as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped and is licensed in both New Jersey and New York.
A Hoboken resident for over 20 years, Lauren is the mother of three children. Lauren has personal experience in Tethered Oral Tissues in all 3 of her children. Using an integrated approach involving airway focussed orthodontistry and orofacial myofunctional therapy she was able to resolve her son’s sleep disordered breathing. One of her children has a sensory processing disorder and severe Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, which created feeding aversions when he was transitioning to solids. This has allowed her to experience the unique role of parent and professional. She understands first hand the challenges families face having a child with a feeding disorder and how to most successfully turn family meals into fun feeding adventures.
Dana Hall graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University. Dana currently works at P.G. Chambers School, serving special needs students from birth-14 years in Northern NJ. Dana has been working for Kids Communicate since March 2010. She recently completed a certification in Assistive Technology. Dana also has a certification in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment program. She is a member of ASHA, NJ certified, and PROMT and TALK Tools trained. Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and English bulldog Moose in Hoboken. She loves to run marathons (two last year!) and travel (she’s off to Italy this summer).
Jen Jacobs has been working for Kids Communicate since March 2009. Jen graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also specialized in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Jen currently works at P.G. Chambers School, serving special needs students from birth-14 years in Northern NJ. Jen recently completed a certification in Assistive Technology. She is also a member of ASHA, NJ and NY certified, and PROMT and TALK Tool trained. In her free time Jen enjoys spending time with her husband in Hoboken. She also enjoys taking gym classes, traveling, and giving creative gifts.
Jennifer McMahon, MS CCC-SLP
Jen graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Jen is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of New Jersey. Jen has worked in the New Jersey Public Schools since 2006, serving children in preschool through fifth grade. She evaluates, develops and implements IEPs for children in the public schools. During individual and group speech and language therapy sessions, she addresses her student’s articulation, oral motor, fluency, voice, receptive and expressive language, and auditory processing deficits. Jen has worked for Kids Communicate since July 2008. Jen is PROMPT trained (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). She also has training in Sara Rosenfield-Johnson’s oral-motor therapy programs and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. In addition, Jen has received training in social and pragmatic disorders from Jed Baker and Mark Lampert. She has attended many workshops and continuing education programs focusing on topics including autism, processing, cluttering, articulation, technology, and language disorders. Jen enjoys attending the Northeast Conference for Speech-Language Pathologists and the New Jersey Speech–Language–Hearing Association Convention to further her education.
In her free time Jen enjoys spending time with her husband in Hoboken. She also enjoys traveling, swimming, working out, and visiting with family and friends.
Laura Valerio graduated from Loyola College with a bachelor’s degree and received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Seton Hall University. Laura has worked with children in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals and private practice. She has extensive experience and training in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), cortical visual impairment (CVI), Sensory Processing Disorders, pediatric feeding disorders, articulation, receptive and expressive language disorders, and implementation of ABA programs. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and is certified in the state of New Jersey. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with friends and family. She enjoys ZUMBA, traveling, and playing with her many dogs.