Accolades, Award or Notable Achievements
- ASHA ACE Award, 2017
- Supervise graduate student(s) and a CF
- KidMunicate Top Blog for 2015, 2016, and 2017
- YappGuru Expert Reviewer
“I blog at Home Sweet Speech Room, which began in graduate school and has been maintained for 5+ years.”
Carissa received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Spanish from Calvin College and her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University. She started her career at an elementary school. She currently works for an outpatient pediatric clinic, servicing children in the clinic and in an ABA-based therapeutic education center. Carissa has experience working with children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses including articulation and phonological disorders, language impairment and delay, literacy disorders, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, swallowing disorders, and fluency disorders.
One particular area of interest for her is augmentative and alternative communication. She is certified in the Hanen Centre’s More Than Words program. Carissa also serves as a supervisor to clinical fellows as well as speech-language pathology students completing rotations at the clinic. In 2012, while still in graduate school, Carissa began a speech and language blog/store called Home Sweet Speech Room. Her mission is to create materials that are engaging for children while targeting their goals. She is best known for her Evidence-Based Practice Quick Reference Binder.
She has collaborated withmultiple developers to write app and product reviews as well as with Xceptional Ed to create a continuing education course on getting started as a speech-language pathologist in the school setting. Carissa has presented research at the American Speech Language Hearing Association annual convention as well as the National Association of Neonatal Therapists annual conference.
She lives in the greater St. Louis area with her husband and young daughter. In her free time, she enjoys photography, shopping, and participating in local festivals. A native of Chicago, she can also be found cheering for the Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bears.