Erin Long, President and Founder
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 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.
Christina Bretz received a degree of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. Christina has extensive pediatric experience providing services to children in school settings, early intervention, home health care and private tutoring. Christina established an annual summer handwriting camp utilizing the Handwriting Without Tears® program. Currently, Christina works for Worldwide Speech providing telehealth services and works for Handwriting Without Tears as a program specialist and national presenter. Additionally, she tutors children who are experiencing difficulties with handwriting.
Dr. Jana Cason
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.
Dr. Denise Donica
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.
Dr. Nancy Doyle
Dr. Nancy Doyle has been working since 2003 in school and pediatric clinic settings, serving children with learning and sensory differences in school and pediatric clinic settings. She has specialized training in handwriting and sensory processing. Nancy is a member of the U.S. Foreign Service community and passionate about making sure expatriate children are able to access the occupational therapy services they need. She has been working in telehealth with WorldWide Speech since 2016.
Nancy is a Lecturer in the Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Boston University. Her research interests include supporting the health and wellness of children and their families, populations in transition, telehealth, mentoring, and online education. Nancy is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, and the editorial board for WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and presents regularly at the American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference.
Olivia has been a special education teacher for eleven years for students who have mild, moderate and severe disabilities including students who are on the Autism Spectrum. Olivia has dedicated her life to helping individuals with disabilities. She has been involved in many activities throughout her life to help the special needs community including coaching Special Olympics, various volunteer activities, developing and maintaining peer programs within the schools she has worked in and more. Olivia has also been involved with serving on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of San Diego, is trained in TEACCH and PECS and has developed multiple Life Skills programs. Olivia is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of her students. Olivia attended Illinois State University for her undergraduate and part of her graduate studies and credits them for the amazing training they provided her with to excel in her role as Special Educator. Olivia has taught in Las Vegas, Illinois, California and Nigeria.
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.
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.