Who We Are

Marla MooreMarla Moore, M.A., CCC-SLP is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and owner of Talking Together, Inc.  Marla has worked in Early Intervention for 17 years and has experience with school-age children as well.  With both Rocky Mountain Human Services and Developmental Pathways, Marla currently supports children as an individual provider and participates on the Family Partner’s Transdisciplinary Team.  Marla believes in forming relationships with families, and helping families to be empowered to help their children grow and learn.  Marla specializes in treating a variety of disorders including, but not limited to, language delay, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, oral-motor challenges, feeding difficulties, and sensory-processing disorders.  She is PROMPT certified and has training from Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson for oral-placement strategies and is a trained SOS feeding specialist endorsed by Dr. Kay Toomey.  In addition, Marla enjoys working with families that are considered high-risk.  

Marla enjoys visiting area hospitals and schools as a volunteer with her therapy dog, Chance.

 

 

Kristin Frank, OTRKristin Frank, OTR is an Occupational Therapist who has specialized in pediatrics for over 15 years. She has been primarily working with children ages birth to three for the past 10 years and in the last 5 years have focused on working with infants including doing extensive training on the FIRST Program and BABIES Model. Currently, she sees children through early intervention working at Developmental Disabilities Resource Center as well as with Rocky Mountain Human Services and North Metro Community Services. She is part of transdisciplinary teams with each of these agencies. She believes in forming relationships with families that help them to feel empowered to help their children to thrive. She specializes in treating a variety of disorders including, but not limited to, premature birth, feeding challenges, sensory processing disorder, and motor delays. She is also a certified infant massage instructor and has taken many courses that focus on NDT (Neuro Developmental Treatment) and SPD (Sensory Processing Disorders). She truly loves the career she has chosen and would enjoy the opportunity to work with you and your family.

 

 

Lara Harshfield, M.A. CCC-SLPLara Harshfield, M.A. CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist who received her Masters degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder.  She has enjoyed working with children ages birth to twelve demonstrating a variety of communication challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, developmental delay, and receptive and expressive language delays.  Lara is trained to implement Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and also has experience implementing high-tech and low-tech augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) devices.  She believes that young children learn best within playful and meaningful interactions and routines.  She also has seen that treatment is most effective when conducted in partnership with families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidi Burke, M.A., CFY-SLPHeidi Burke, M.A., CCC-SLP graduated with her master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Heidi has over seven years working with infants and young children.  She has experience working with a variety of communication disorders and feeding disorders and has worked with a diverse population of children including children with visual impairment, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and cognitive or developmental delay.  Heidi has been trained in oral-placement strategies by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson and is a trained SOS feeding specialist endorsed by Dr. Kay Toomey.  Heidi has a clear love for children and their families, and believes that young children learn best when engaged in playful and meaningful interactions and routines.  Her approach to therapy is a whole child approach and she tries to integrate goals in other areas such as occupational (including sensory), physical, and behavioral therapies, into her sessions.

 

 

 

 

Kelly Ward, M.S., CCC-SLPKelly Ward, M.S., CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist who graduated with a Masters degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Kelly has experience working with children in early intervention, preschool, and elementary/middle school. She has worked with a variety of disorders and diagnoses, including Autism spectrum, Down Syndrome, Language Disorders, Articulation, Cerebral Palsy, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Kelly worked with a deaf education co-op in Houston, and has experience working with hearing aids, cochlear implants, auditory-verbal methods, total communication, and sign language. In addition, she is certified in the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” program, and has taken courses in the Lidcombe fluency method, Food Chaining, and Visual Phonics. Kelly believes that young children learn best through play, and loves to involve family in therapy sessions, as she believes parents truly are their child’s first teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda Aragon, M.A., CFY-SLPMiranda Aragon, M.A., CCC-SLP graduated with her master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She enjoys working closely with families and children through structured play in order to support the child’s language and general development. She believes that a holistic, community and family-centered approach provides the best environment for a child to learn and grow. She has experience working with a wide variety of populations including: culturally diverse, wide range of socio-economic status and diverse family structures. Miranda has worked with a number of disorders and diagnosis including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, cognitive delay, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, expressive and receptive language delays and feeding difficulties. She has experience with American Sign Language and implementing high and low tech augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC). Miranda is passionate about using play-based therapy along with a family-centered approach to allow children and their families to develop their skills in a caring and supportive environment.

 

 

 

 

Ally Carrillo, M.A., CFY-SLPAlly Carrillo, M.A., CCC-SLP graduated with her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She believes in giving young children every possible opportunity to grow and succeed. She has worked with a variety of communication challenges, including, but not limited to, Down syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, language delay, and articulation disorders. She believes that children learn best when they are engaged in meaningful and playful interactions, that therapy should address the needs of the family and the whole child, and that the family plays a vital role in intervention. Her goal with intervention is to empower and support families as they help their children learn and thrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Chrzan, M.A., CCC-SLPHeather Chrzan, M.A., CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language therapist specializing in family-centered, early intervention services. Heather earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Gonzaga University and earned her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from University of Colorado, Boulder. Heather completed a two year fellowship at JFK Partners, part of the school of Medicine at the University of Colorado. This fellowship focused on assessment and intervention of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Through this position, Heather provided in-home early intervention services and was a member of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Heather has also been a therapist with the Adam’s Camp Early Start Program. These positions have allowed her to collaborate closely with families and a variety of disciplines. Currently, Heather is the speech-language therapist at The Rise School of Denver and is excited to join the Talking Together team. She is certified in PROMPT, trained in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) model and Handwriting Without Tears. Heather enjoys hiking with her husband, Ryan and dog, Torque. In addition, she enjoys skiing and boating with her family and friends.

 

 

 

Lisa Niffenegger, M.A., CCC-SLPLisa Niffenegger, M.A., CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist who graduated with her master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lisa has experience providing families with in-home speech and language therapy for children ages 0-16 years. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses and/or communication disorders, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, deafness or hearing loss, Cri-du-chat syndrome, muscular dystrophy, chromosomal deletions, cleft palate, language delay, articulation delays, and cognitive or developmental delay. Lisa enjoys working with low and high tech AAC, including preparing families for AAC evaluations and providing therapy for a newly acquired AAC device. She believes strongly in involving families in therapy sessions and in incorporating therapy sessions into families’ daily routines.

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Pattermann, M.A., CFY-SLPRachel Pattermann, M.A., CF-SLP earned her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rachel enjoys working with children to support their communication and overall development. She believes that growth and learning stems from play and child-centered interactions. As families are the true experts and first educators of their child, she strives to learn from them while sharing her knowledge in family-centered intervention. Rachel has experience working with children with a variety of communication challenges including, but not limited to, articulation disorders, language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, and cognitive delay. One particular area of passion for Rachel is working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and running.

 

 

 

 
Shandy Laskey, M.A., CF-SLPShandy Laskey, M.A., CF-SLP received her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Central Michigan University and she is thrilled to call Colorado her new home. Shandy has valuable experience collaborating with occupational and physical therapists in comprehensive rehabilitation settings. In addition she has worked with audiologists and certified auditory verbal therapists in a leading cochlear implant program. From her own clinical and personal experiences she believes strongly in focusing on the “whole child” in order to improve overall development and quality of life. Shandy recognizes the critical role that parents and families have in their child’s therapeutic success. She strives to work closely together with parents to develop strategies tailored to support their child’s communication and developmental growth. Shandy has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, language delay, language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, developmental delay, articulation impairment, and phonological disorders. Shandy enjoys hiking, fitness, reading, and being creative in the kitchen.

 

 

 
Ashley Loether, M.C.D., CF-SLPAshley Loether, M.C.D., CF-SLP earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Regis University and earned her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of South Carolina. She has been working as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) in a variety of settings including clinics, homes and schools providing speech and language therapy for children ages 0-17 years old for the past several years. She has valuable experience collaborating with Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) incorporating behavioral therapies into her sessions and she is a trained SOS feeding specialist endorsed by Dr. Kay Toomey. Through her studies and experience, she has developed a passion working with children with oral-motor challenges and feeding difficulties. Ashley has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses and/or communication disorders and the positions Ashley has had have allowed her to collaborate closely with families and a variety of disciplines. She believes that therapy should address the needs of the family and the whole child and that children learn best within playful and meaningful interactions and routines. In her speech therapy sessions, Ashley tries to integrate goals in other areas as well such as occupational (including sensory), physical and behavioral therapies.