Amy Price and Amber Ladd are Speech Language Pathologists with over 31 combined years of experience. They are extremely passionate about working with children, specifically those with behaviors that interfere with communication. Amy and Amber are the co-owners of The TALK Team, a pediatric speech therapy clinic located in Fresno, CA. They each received their Masters of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, with an emphasis in speech language pathology from California State University, Fresno. In addition, they are both Board Certified Behavior Analyst’s. They have been employed in the public school system as well as private practice. They have extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum, with sensory processing disorders, pragmatic language disorders, oral placement, feeding disorders and extensive language needs. In addition to working directly with clients and managing The TALK Team, Amy and Amber also supervise graduate students working with children on the Autism spectrum at California State University, Fresno. Amy and Amber are active members of the California Speech and Hearing Association and Amy is the former CSHA president of District 5. Amy and Amber are impassioned about training speech language pathologists, behavioral therapists and parents to work effectively with children with communication needs. They have presented numerous times at the annual California Speech-Language and Hearing Association conference, as well as at various private clinics and school districts within the state of California.
Lessa Johns is a PROMPT-trained, licensed speech-language pathologist at The TALK Team. She didn’t settle on a career path immediately out of high school. Instead, she kept her eyes open and searched for a field that combined all of her passions and talents. Steve Jobs was quoted as saying, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Lessa has found a path that she loves and allows her to do “great work”. Her desire to help children and their families is revealed in her passion and enthusiasm. Lessa believes that speech and language therapy should be fun and engaging! She makes a point to never stop learning and continues to try and better herself, in order to help her clients. Lessa received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology with distinction, as well as her B.A. in Communicative Disorders at California State University, Fresno. Some of her favorite moments outside of work are spent with family and friends watching baseball, attending concerts, or skipping town to head to the beach.
Karen graduated from California State University, San Marcos in 2008, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Upon graduation she began working with families of children with autism, inspiring her to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist. She then took part in a Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program at Texas Tech University, and later earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Longwood University.
Karen is a licensed speech-language pathologist with experience working with children of varying communicative abilities, and has been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with teachers, parents, and other specialists to provide the best possible care. She also incorporates speech generating devices and picture boards into therapy in order to help nonverbal children express themselves. Karen enjoys working with children of all ages and believes in making therapy fun and motivational.
Aubrie is a Speech Pathologist with five years of experience working in pediatric private practice and is the fourth Speech Pathologist in her family. She received a Masters of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Fresno in 2010 where she completed a thesis study on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She holds a Speech Pathology license in the state of California, as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA). CAS, motor speech, and speech intelligibility have become Aubrie’s areas of specialty. She has received training in PROMPT and TalkTools (Oral Placement Therapy and Therapeutic Feeding). She also has provided therapy to children with Receptive/Expressive Language Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia/Reading difficulties, and Articulation/Phonological Disorders. Aubrie was published in the American Journal of Speech Language Pathology alongside California State University, Fresno professor, Dr. Steven Skelton, for their research study “Using Randomized Variable Practice in the Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech” in November 2014. Aubrie also presents to other professionals on the topics of CAS and Oral Placement Therapy.
Jannetta is a Speech Language Pathologist and a Registered Behavior Technician who is devoted to working with children and their families. She was born in Ukraine and moved to Fresno when she was a year old. Jannetta has adequate skills in speaking and reading in Russian. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at Fresno State University. She currently works at The TALK Team. Jannetta is enthusiastic about her job and desires to never stop learning and growing in the field of communication disorders. Her goal is to encourage, support, and teach, parents and caregivers in developing strategies, as well as bring awareness of the ones they already have, to help their child’s communication skills grow and develop in multiple ways.
Cara Lambert is a speech-language pathologist at The TALK Team. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degree at California State University, Fresno majoring in communicative disorders with an emphasis in speech-language pathology. Cara began working as a dance instructor in high school where she discovered her passion for working with children. While attending college Cara continued to work with kids in the school setting. She worked in an early intervention program and worked with many speech therapists. Cara is inspired by children in many ways. She is inspired by their genuine nature, their ability to keep adults on their toes, their individuality, and their ability to make her smile everyday. Outside of work Cara enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, yoga, and dancing. Most importantly, Cara values time spent with her friends and family.
Tamara joined our team in January 2016. Her love of people and organization makes her the perfect fit for the role of office coordinator. She enjoys helping families navigate all the various steps of paperwork and scheduling so that they can focus on their child’s therapy. In her off time, Tamara enjoys living a healthy and active outdoor lifestyle with her husband and son. She also continues to push herself to achieve new goals by competing in races and triathlons.
Melissa Tanguma-Ream is a Speech Language Pathologist and a Registered Behavior Technician who is dedicated to addressing the communication needs of children. She attended college at Fresno State University, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree, in addition to obtaining her Conversationalist Certificate in American Sign Language. Melissa possesses an eagerness to learn, and has recently attended the ILISA Instituto de Idiomas in Costa Rica to expand her Spanish skills. She also has a passion for literature and enjoys spending her free time reading. Melissa currently works at the TALK Team, where she strives to aid in the development of children’s communication skills and to provide support to their families.
Nicole Cadenasso received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. After college, she worked as an instructional aide in both general and special education, where she discovered her passion for speech and language development. She continued her education, and obtained a Master of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. After graduate school, she return to her hometown of Fresno.
Nicole is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She has previous experience in the public schools as both a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Assistive Technology Specialist. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed working with children and families to address a variety of communication needs. She has a particular interest in helping children who would benefit from the use of augmentative and alternative communication tools, and has sought a variety of experiences in this area.
Nicole lives with her husband and cat. She’s a hobbyist artist and outdoor enthusiast, who loves swimming, hiking, rollerblading, and skiing.
Hanen Certifications: It Takes Two and More Than Words, Basic Picture Exchange Communication System workshop attendee, Certificate in Advanced Professional Development for Assistive Technology Applications, California State University Northridge, Participant in the Bridge School’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication Training Institute