Jennifer Sakowicz, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jennifer has worked in the field of speech-language pathology as both a speech-language pathologist and speech-language assistant since 2004. She received her Master's Degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. Jennifer has a variety of experience working with a diverse population of clients within the public school, private school, medical and clinical settings. Her clinical experience includes evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders which include articulation, phonology, childhood apraxia of speech, receptive and expressive language, pragmatic language, augmentative and alternative communication, stuttering, voice and language-based reading and writing impairments. She has also gained valuable experience working with children on the autism spectrum and with Down syndrome. Jennifer holds a special interest in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), social cognitive impairments, stuttering and language-based literacy disorders. She published a thesis on the involvement of the school-based speech-language pathologist with students who have writing difficulties. Furthermore, she presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) National Convention with colleagues on the same topic. Jennifer is PROMPT trained. In 2013, Jennifer was a recipient of ASHA's Award for Continuing Education (ACE). This award is presented to a select group of professionals who demonstrate sincere dedication to continuing education in the field of speech-language pathology. In 2017, Jennifer was added to CASANA's online directory of speech-language pathologists who demonstrate advanced knowledge in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).
Rachel Gravel, M.S., CCC-SLP
Rachel Gravel, M.S., CCC-SLP, has been employed in the field of speech-language pathology since 2010. She received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University where she was co-president of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association for two years. Rachel has experience providing services to a variety of clients in the public school, clinical, and medical settings. She has evaluated and treated children and adults with a wide range of communication disorders including articulation, phonology, stuttering, voice, auditory processing, and receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language disorders. She has experience providing interventions to clients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, aphasia, dysarthria, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, cognitive disorders, and dysphagia. She also has experience working with individuals who use alternative and augmentative communication. Rachel is a member of two special interest groups through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): School-Based Issues and Language, Learning, and Education. Within the educational setting, Rachel has presented on topics such as vocabulary development, promoting speech and language skills via joint book reading, and supporting the development of speech and language through home activities. Rachel holds a license from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Connecticut Department of Health, and the Connecticut Department of Public Education. She is also a member of the Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Rachel's gentle demeanor coupled with her strong clinical skills makes her an excellent addition to the Pediatric Communication Center Team!
Mattie Cross, M.S., CCC-SLP
Mattie Cross, M.S., CCC-SLP has been working in the field of speech-language pathology since 2014. She received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Alabama. Mattie has experience in diagnostics and treatment with a variety of clients in the public school, hospital, rehabilitation, and private practice setting. She has worked with children and adults with a diverse range of communication disorders including articulation, apraxia, phonology, stuttering, voice, and receptive/expressive disorders. She has experience with providing interventions to clients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, ADHD, cognitive disorders, dysphagia, aphasia, cleft lip/palate, and developmental delay. Mattie’s passion lies in working with the pediatric population. In her free time, Mattie enjoys cooking, running and traveling with her new husband. Mattie's gentle and kind personality coupled with her clinical knowledge and passion for pediatric speech-language pathology make her a wonderful addition to the PCC team!