About Kidspeak

Founded in 2001 by two pediatric speech-language pathologists, Kidspeak Ltd. is dedicated to improving the lives of our clients and their families by providing quality speech, language, feeding and occupational therapy services. Our focus is family centered in–home speech and occupational therapy designed to facilitate greater client achievement.

 

Kidspeak therapists specialize in providing services to children ranging in age from birth to adolescence. We provide services in the home environment as well as daycare centers, in-home daycares and private schools throughout the 10 county Twin Cities Metro area.

Amy and Our Team

Amy Chouinard, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®

Amy Chouinard, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®

Owner and Founder

Amy Chouinard is the owner and co-founder of Kidspeak Ltd. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association, International Association of Orofacial Myology and is licensed with the state of Minnesota. Amy received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology at Marquette University and her graduate degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Amy has had extensive training in oral-motor/feeding disorders and is a Certified Orofacial Myologist®.  Her clinical background experience includes hospital and clinical pediatric speech language services. Amy also co-authored and co-produced Baby Babble, a speech and language video series for children as well as co-authored the book “Let’s Talk Together”.  In her spare time, Amy loves to read, travel, hike and spend time at the lake but most of all, be with her husband, their three children and their dog.

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Jenny Alders, OTR/L

Jenny Alders, OTR/L

Jenny has worked for the past 18 years as an Occupational Therapist in the school systems and has had the opportunity to work with children with a wide range of special needs.  Jenny has a husband and 3 daughters who keep her busy when she is not working.  Their youngest daughter has down syndrome.  As a family, they enjoy horseback riding and often travel to compete at weekend barrel races during the summer.

Laura Egan, M.A. CCC-SLP

Laura Egan, M.A. CCC-SLP

Laura’s clinical focus has been working with school-aged clients with a wide-range of disabilities including autism, down syndrome, various genetic disorders, along with articulation, language and fluency disorders.  She has formal training in Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), PROMPT, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking strategies, and attends ongoing trainings to stay current on the latest methods in the field.  When not at work, Laura loves to spend time with her husband and two young children.

Angie Lange, M.S. CCC-SLP

Angie Lange, M.S. CCC-SLP

After completing her graduate degree, Angie and her husband lived in China and taught ESL.  Angie has had training in oral-motor/feeding disorders. She has completed clinical internships in the hospital and school setting. When not at work, Angie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two sons.

Marlene Schoenberg, Ed. M CCC-SLP

Marlene Schoenberg, Ed. M CCC-SLP

Marlene Cohen- Schoenberg has worked with both children and adults over her career.  She has extensive experience in working with clients who speak several languages. She has written two books on this topic and is the founder of Ethnic Communication Arts. She has frequently presented poster sessions at the Minnesota Speech and Hearing Association and nationally at the American Speech Language Hearing  Association Conventions.

Trista Blade, M.S. CCC-SLP

Trista Blade, M.S. CCC-SLP

Trista’s passions include childhood apraxia of speech and augmentative and alternative communication. When not at work Trista enjoys playing roller derby, planning for next Halloween, and playing with her pug.

 

Danielle Carter, MS OTR/L

Danielle Carter, MS OTR/L

Danielle started her OT career working with adults with brain injuries but prefers working with children and has spent the majority of her OT career in pediatric settings.  She has worked both in schools and early intervention where she led preschool community based playgroups, sensory groups, a feeding team, and individual home based therapy sessions in Boston, Massachusetts prior to moving to Minnesota.   When not at work, Danielle enjoys running, knitting, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Leah Lewis, M.A. CCC-SLP

Leah Lewis, M.A. CCC-SLP

Leah graduated with her B.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at St. Ambrose University, Iowa. In her clinical experience she has worked with young children to geriatrics in skilled nursing facilities, schools and clinical settings. During her free time she enjoys running, hiking, cooking, traveling up to the North Shore and spending time with her husband and son.

Kathy Brunick, OTR/L

Kathy Brunick, OTR/L

Jill Dimitri, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jill Dimitri, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jill grew up in central Illinois and has practiced in Connecticut, Michigan, and Illinois prior to moving to Minnesota in 2015.  She has worked with children and families in their homes and in clinic settings for 20 years.  For the last 15 years she has specialized in birth-3/early intervention for the State of Illinois.  She really enjoys working with children with apraxia, ASD, and general delayed language development.  Jill lives in the NE metro area with her husband and two children.  If she has spare time when she is not in an ice rink or chauffeuring kids around, she enjoys reading, exercising, being outdoors and shopping. 

Diane Penzkover, MHS, CCC-SLP

Diane Penzkover, MHS, CCC-SLP

Diane grew up in Illinois and moved to Minnesota in July 2016, from the Chicago area.  She has worked with both children and adults for over 20 years.  She has specialized in working with children and those birth-three, since 1999, in the home setting.  Diane has been licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, as well as Minnesota.  She has supervised other therapists in both the home and school settings.  Diane lives in the west metro area with her husband, two boys, and their chocolate lab.  Their youngest son has an Autism diagnosis.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, walking their dog, visiting with family and friends, reading, cooking, shopping, crafting, and watching movies.

Denise Lowe, MA CCC-SLP

Denise Lowe, MA CCC-SLP

Denise Lowe, M.A., CCC-SLP, graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 1999.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 2001 with a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Denise holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  She also has her Minnesota license in Speech Language Pathology.  In the past, Denise has worked for the Osseo School District in early childhood and in elementary school settings.  She has a passion for working with children to improve their overall speech and language skills.  In her free time, Denise enjoys spending time with her family, camping, exercising, traveling and reading

We had our son in speech thru the city of Minneapolis for about 2 years, and didn’t see much progress. We then decided to go the private speech route. After just a couple months, our son’s speech excelled after working with Kidspeak! It worked out great that the therapist could travel to his preschool and practice speech there, so he could do it in a school setting. There were also times that she came to our home and that was great too. I highly recommend Amy and her experienced staff.

Shayla B.

Minneapolis

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