Marla Kovatch M.A., CCC/SLP
Assistant Professor of Practice
My educational background includes a M.A. in Speech Pathology from University of Maine, Orono. I have a B.A. in Communication Disorders from Marywood University. I earned additional training in working with challenging behaviors/sensory regulation disorders, in developing alternative communication systems for complex communication needs, in theory and protocol of Picture Exchange Systems (PECS) for neurodiverse populations, in cued speech, and became an Ally of Stuttering SLP. During my professional career, my service delivery focused on helping clients (preschool aged through geriatrics ) across a range of areas, from fluency and speech production, language, literacy, cognitive-communication, social communication, developing alternative communication systems for complex communication needs, to elective services of accent or dialect modification. I have had the gratifying clinical experience to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat in a variety of workplace environments such as, hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, public and private schools, outpatient clinics, private practice, and now, a university. I love that the field of speech pathology is ever changing which means learning never ends. Communication is key to your success—in relationships, in the workplace, as a citizen of your country, and across your lifetime. To assist someone find “their mode” to effectively communicate is the very reason I do what I do. I’m rewarded by gratitude of clients and families and, as a clinical instructor, by the development of skills in my graduate students. The rewards multiply exponentially!