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 over 20 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 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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Shandy Laskey, M.A., CCC-SLPShandy Laskey, M.A., CCC-SLP received her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Central Michigan University and she is thrilled to call Colorado her 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.

 

 

 

Emily Mariani, M.A., CF-SLPEmily Mariani, M.A., CF-SLP earned her degree in speech-language pathology from Temple University in Philadelphia, and is ecstatic to be back home in Colorado to join the Talking Together family. Emily has a background in elementary education and experience teaching children of all ages. She believes that respect, adaptability, and presence are essential when working with people, and especially when working with children. Emily approaches life with a holistic perspective which she began to develop as she became a teacher and student of yoga. She strives to see and appreciate the unique qualities in each and every person she meets, and is looking forward to building special relationships with families and children. In graduate school, she had many clinical experiences working with individuals with communication disorders including fluency, articulation and phonological processing, language impairments, and dysphagia. Emily enjoys being in the mountains, cooking (and eating), yoga, photography, learning guitar, and spending time with her friends, family, husband and dog.