I'm Becca Jarzynski, M.S., CCC-SLP, a pediatric speech-language pathologist with a small private practice (www.childtalkspeechtherapy.com) and a job as a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. I spend my days working with children to help them learn to communicate and teaching new clinicians how to do the same. Since graduating with my Master's Degree in Communication Disorders over 13 years ago, I've worked with hundreds and hundreds of children and their families. The children I work with all have delays in communication-- some have diagnoses such as Down Syndrome or Autism, others have no diagnosis but still struggle to use words or produce speech sounds, and still others have difficulty with stuttering or using their voice well. Although I work with all kinds of children, my area of expertise is in autism; in addition to my M.S. in Communication Disorders, I have a graduate certificate in behavioral intervention for autism spectrum disorders. I love my job because it allows me to help parents build their child's communication skills. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a child say a word for the very first time, especially when that child and her family have worked so hard to get there. When I'm not working, I'm busy being a mom to a third-grader and a preschooler. I'm lucky to have gotten a front-seat view of their communication development as well. It's taught me that no two children are alike, even if they have the same speech therapist as a mom! Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope to see you back soon.