Worldwide Speech was founded as a speech therapy practice that focuses on telepractice. Many practices have added online therapy as an additional service
or offer it as a specialized service for a few clients with specific needs. We, however, are different. Online therapy is the core of our business and we
make it our priority. We hire staff that have experience in and are comfortable with telepractice. We also use the best online platform and resources available.
Over the years our practice has grown, and we've recently started to expand our services - expanding beyond speech therapy and accent reduction to offer online
occupational therapy and special education support services. Many of our clients had trouble finding online providers of these services and we are happy to be able to
help them in this way.
Below is information about the members of our team.
Erin Long M.A., CCC-SLP
Erin Long is the President and founder of Worldwide Speech. She developed the idea for for the company after opening independent practices for expatriate children in
both Mexico and Brazil. Through her experience with these practices Erin became aware of the large, but dispersed demand for native English-speaking speech pathologists
among the expatriate community and realized that the key to meeting this demand was teletherapy. Erin is certified by the American Telemedicine Association in telepractice
and for the last five years she has been a leader in teletherapy within the speech-pathology community. Erin is an active member of the American Speech-Language and
Hearing Association's (ASHA) steering group for the development of teletherapy policy and training. Because of her experience and expertise in telepractice Erin has also been
asked to present at seminars on special education at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.
For Erin, finding a way to provide speech therapy and other special education services to children abroad is not only a business opportunity; it is a personal passion. As a member
of the U.S. Foreign Service community Erin has a unique understanding of the challenges that expatriate families have when trying to find appropriate educational support for their
children outside the United States. This is why Worldwide Speech's primary focus has always been on expatriate children, and what drove Erin to eventually expand the company to include
occupational therapy and reading intervention.
Erin is currently licensed to practice speech-language therapy in California, Virginia and Maryland. She is the recipient of the ASHA’s prestigious
Continuing Education Award for her dedication to training above and beyond the requirements for maintaining her credential. Erin also has experience working in U.S. school districts
in multiple states as well as in private clinical settings. Erin is a graduate of UCLA and California State University of Los Angeles.
Lisa Barnick M.S., Licensed Speech Pathologist
Lisa was the first therapist to join Worldwide Speech in 2011. She has over 30 years experience in early intervention programs and is a certified accent reduction trainer. Lisa is
comfortable working online with children as young as two years old. She also has valuable experience handling low incidence disorders such as Down Syndrome. She is loved by our clients
and brings a creative and and positive attitude to every online session.
Brooke Lambert M. Ed, CCC-SLP
Brooke is the most recent addition to the Worldwide Speech team. She has many years experience with telepractice and earned a certificate in teletherapy from the American Telemedicine
Association. She has been a leader in the telepractice community and developed an online speech therapy program for a private practice in Virginia. She comes to us with many years
experience treating children of all ages. She can handle anything from children with mild developmental delays to medically fragile patients.
Lauren Morrison M.A., CCC-SLP
Lauren is a certified bilingual speech pathologist and is fully qualified to evaluate the speech and language of bilingual children. She has many years experience delivering therapy to
a diverse population of children in Indiana. She is also excels at supporting literacy and social skills. Her passion has been serving children in the most impoverished and underserved
communities. Lauren enjoys telepractice because it allows her to reach children who would otherwise never get the speech and language therapy they need.
Jana Cason, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. Jana Cason has 17 years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist. She has specialized training in the areas of handwriting, reflex integration, sensory processing, sensory
integration, and sensory-based feeding disorders. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Developmental Coordination
Disorder (DCD), autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
Dr. Cason received a Doctor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 2008, a Master of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from
the University of Indianapolis in 2004, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1998. She is an associate professor at the
Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy at Spalding University in Louisville, KY and has been on faculty since 2004. She is a notable expert in the area of telehealth and serves as chair
of the American Telemedicine Association’s Telerehabilitation Special Interest Group and chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Technology Special Interest Section. She
is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation, a peer-reviewed, open-access, indexed journal. She has authored numerous refereed articles, book chapters and
standards and guidelines documents related to telehealth and pediatric occupational therapy practice.
Denise K. Donica, DHSc, OTR/L, BCP
Dr. Denise Donica is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at East Carolina University. She is a leader in the field of occupational therapy. She is widely published and
a national presenter for the Handwriting Without Tears program. Her research interests include: pediatric occupational therapy, handwriting instruction in schools, student success in
handwriting, health of school-aged children, technology related to handwriting skills, student success and occupational therapy in neonatal intensive care units.
Toni Stirtz, M.Ed. Learning Disabilities Reading Support
Toni, who has been living in Kenya for the last six years, has a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities. She has 11 years of teaching experience and is passionate about helping students
who struggle with reading and writing. She is a certified teacher in the state of Georgia. Toni has extensive experience with the Orton-Gillingham approach, and also relies on the
Lindamood programs, including: Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS®); Seeing Stars®: Symbol Imagery for Phonological and Orthographic Processing in Reading
and Spelling (SI™); and Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking® (V/V®). Toni has extensive experience dyslexia, and has been providing reading support via
telepractice for many years.