Donna Lederman, M.A., CCC/SLP, PROMPT® Certified Clinician, Specialist in Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Donna Lederman

Donna is well known for her comprehensive approach to the treatment of pediatric motor speech disorders, Donna is well known for her comprehensive approach to the treatment of pediatric motor speech disorders, especially Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She has extensive knowledge and more than 40 years of experience in providing assessment and treatment for children with communication disorders and related disabilities. Donna’s academic background includes a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology (Summa Cum Laude) and a Masters Degree in Audiology (With Distinction). Her certifications include ASHA certification in Speech Pathology; NYS Certification in Speech–Language Pathology and Special Education; PROMPT Certification as a Clinician (1998) and Instructor (2001); and special training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Donna has received many ACE Awards from the American Speech–Language Hearing Association, earned for completion of continuing education credits in motor speech disorders and related areas of study. She is most proud of the award she received from CASANA (Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America) for her exceptional work with children with CAS. (See award ceremony).

Prior to private practice, Donna spent more than 25 years working with special needs children at Nassau BOCES, a special education program on Long Island. Her areas of specialization included assessment, treatment planning, and parent education. She mentored graduate students and clinical fellows in the field of speech pathology. At BOCES, Donna was instrumental in developing and instituting a treatment program for children with dysphasia (feeding and swallowing disorders), writing a compendium of goals and objectives for school–based clinicians, and providing coursework and consultation in motor speech disorders to her colleagues.

As a Senior PROMPT Instructor, Donna taught numerous seminars, including Introduction to PROMPT: Technique and Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention, nationally and internationally. She taught one of the first PROMPT seminars in Europe, and was honored to have taught the first PROMPT Technique Course in Israel (Jerusalem in March, 2008). As she continued her work in PROMPT, Donna became a specialist in the assessment and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She developed and presented seminars for CASANA, LISHA (Long Island Speech and Hearing Association) and other local agencies. Future goals include participation in research projects on the use of PROMPT treatment with CAS, teaching at a local university, and providing educational seminars and consultation services within the community.

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