Communication Station’s Story
Tara Connell and Holli Teshome, the Co-Owners of Communication Station have been co-workers and friends since 2004. Together, Tara and Holli loved to collaborate with each other, seek professional advice from one another, and share stories from their speech-language therapy world. As they became mothers both searched for how to balance motherhood and their passion to be speech-language pathologists. With the support of their husbands, children, and parents Communication Station was born in 2015.
We are proud of all of the women who make up the Communication Station family. We are dedicated to our mission to be “dedicated to helping the children’s voices be heard in the Hudson Valley”. We love working with families and celebrating each child’s successes no matter how big or small. We look forward to meeting to you!
Co-Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist
Tara’s experience as a SLP for the past 16 years has included treating children in early intervention to adolescents. She enjoys working with Apraxia, articulation/phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, oral-motor concerns, expressive and receptive language delays, Down Syndrome, and feeding/swallowing. She is passionate about working with children and families to help them achieve their goals and celebrate their successes. Tara believes that everyone should be known for their abilities and not their disabilities.
Co-Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist
Holli specializes in working with children ages Birth to 5 years old. She is PROMPT certified and enjoys working with children with a variety of Speech and Language Disorders. She has experience working with children with articulation delays, phonological processes, language delays, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, childhood Apraxia of speech as well as feeding and oral motor concerns. She is passionate about her work as an SLP and truly loves working with children and their families to help achieve their communication and feeding goals.
Brianne graduated from Mercy College with a Masters degree in speech and language pathology. Brianne’s experience includes working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down’s Syndrome, receptive/expressive language delays, pragmatic disorders, apraxia of speech and articulation and phonological disorders. She is passionate about working in the birth-5 years population and working with children and their families to achieve their communication goals.
Guadalupe has experience with children with articulation and phonological processes, receptive and expressive language delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys shaping little minds and working closely with families to reach goals. She is bilingual and is happy to extend her help to Spanish speaking children and families. She believes every child deserves a voice and is passionate about making a positive difference in peoples’ lives.
Special Education Teacher
Karen is a retired Special Education teacher who comes to us with 34 years of school experience. She uses play, songs, games and crafts to help the children learn, follow directions and interact with others. She likes to include the whole family in the learning process to insure everyone works together in helping the children to succeed. Karen is flexible and will work in multiple settings with the child and family.
Laurie currently works with clients whose ages range from birth to young adult. Her experience includes working with children with articulation disorders and phonological processes; receptive/expressive language delays; and various diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Rett syndrome. She is passionate about including parents in the therapy process in order to maximize carryover of learned skills. She considers herself a member of each client’s “team” and is always thrilled to share in a family’s excitement as their child masters new skills.
Grace has experience working with children from 1 to 10 years of age with a variety of diagnoses including receptive/expressive language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and articulation/phonological disorders. She currently provides treatment to children under 3 through early intervention. She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages, but feels especially passionate about working with toddlers through early intervention because she is able to make an impact on an entire family’s daily lives through improving her clients’ communication abilities.
Over the past 20 years Maura has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in three states. She has experience working with students aged 3-21 years, with varying disabilities. She worked in a variety of settings, including public schools, private schools and in private practice.
Janeal graduated from New York University with a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, Janeal was an elementary special education teacher for 8 years. Janeal’s experience includes working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, articulation/phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language delays, and individuals needing Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices. Her passion is with preschoolers and enjoys working with families as a team to help children meet their communication goals.
Sadie graduated from New York University with a Masters of Communication Sciences and Disorders.Her experience includes working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, articulation/phonological disorders, and expressive/receptive language delays. She enjoys working with young children and their families to promote effective communication and is passionate about providing individualized treatment to help children achieve their communication goals.
Leah holds a BS in Logistics and Marketing from Syracuse University and a MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She spent 10 years at IBM, most recently working onsite at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as a Business Analyst. Leah has been with Communication Station for almost one year.