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™
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, be outdoors camping, hiking, and boating but most of all, spending time with her husband and their three children.
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.
Marjorie Carlson, M.A. CCC-SLP
Marjorie has clinical background experience across age ranges from preschool through adulthood in a variety of settings including schools, group homes, day programs, private practice, summer camps, and in-home services. She completed her master’s thesis on replacing problem behavior with communicative alternatives and have a specialized career interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and severe/profound developmental and cognitive disabilities. Marjorie lives in the northeast metro with her husband and three young children and loves to spend time volunteering, reading, painting, practicing yoga and just being with family and friends.
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
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 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
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.
Gretchen Findlay, M.A. CCC-SLP, COM™
Gretchen, recently moved to Minnesota from Michigan. In Michigan, Gretchen worked as a SLP in the schools where she serviced students with a variety of communication needs between the ages of 3 and 18. She also held an elementary education teaching certificate for grades K-5. She completed PECS and EET trainings and created her own summer speech therapy camp called Speech At The Beach. Professionally, Gretchen was selected to be on the Curriculum Advisory Assembly for Grand Valley State University and elected the Student Affairs Committee Chair for the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Other interests and hobbies of Gretchen’s include teaching ice skating lessons, being the Communications Chairperson for the Basswood Elementary PTO Board, teaching Sunday School at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, and other school and church volunteer events. Gretchen enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, jogging, and walking her dog. She loves to sip on a fresh cup of coffee too!
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.
Megan Schmoll, M.A. CCC-SLP
Megan has spent her speech pathology career in the public schools and outpatient clinics working with toddlers to 12th graders. She has experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders and helps lead early childhood development parenting classes. Her interests include but not limited to receptive expressive language, phonology and fluency. She enjoys spending time with her husband, biking, traveling and reading.
Amy Zitur, MOT, OTR/L
Amy has had specialized training in reflex integration techniques, motor planning and praxis skill development, functional vision therapy, and sensory integration. Amy’s clinical experience includes specialized treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, outpatient pediatric occupational therapy, and school-based services. Outside of work, Amy loves to spend time with her new husband, re-purpose old furniture, and compete in triathlons.
Kathy Brunick, OTR/L
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 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, 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
Megan Steffen, M.S. CCC-SLP
Megan grew up in Texas and graduated with a B.A. in Speech-Language and Hearing from the University of Kansas and a M.S. in Communication and Sciences from Rockhurst University. Megan has been a practicing Speech/Language Pathologist since 2007. Her experience includes working in the public-school setting where she services a variety of communication needs between the ages of 3-18 and providing speech therapy for families and kids through Kidspeak. When not at work, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, running, camping, and boating.
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.