About

Our Mission

"To elevate a child's ability to communicate effectively across all aspects of their world; while treating each with the care and respect that their uniqueness deserves."

Jackson Speech & Language Services is a private practice specializing in evaluation and treatment of mild-severe pediatric communication disorders. We offer the highest quality of care, through the use of evidenced-based approaches, to support children’s communication needs. Our licensed speech-language pathologists are dedicated to helping your child reach their highest potential for success. Our therapists are experts in creating and implementing individualized speech therapy programs that are tailored to your child’s specific strengths and challenges, all while building a nurturing relationship to foster a positive experience. 

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Annette Jackson, MS, CCC-SLP

Director

Speech-Language Pathologist

Annette received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Lesley University and earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College. She received her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Annette has over twenty years of professional experience working with children with special needs in clinical, educational, and daycare settings. She opened Jackson Speech & Language Services in 2008. She truly enjoys being a pediatric speech-language pathology generalist; working with children of all ages with varied communication disabilities. In 2017, Annette expanded the practice to include teletherapy to provide services for public school children in underserved areas of the United States. In addition to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she is licensed to practice in Alaska, Arizona, California, West Virginia and Utah. She prides herself on providing motivating, effective sessions, by embracing the uniqueness of each child--whether it be a love of arts and crafts, books, vehicles, music, or sports-- and incorporating it in their therapy. Annette believes a family-centered, holistic approach to therapy drives optimum outcomes. She establishes a relationship with every family that entrusts JSLS clinicians to work with their child. Her greatest professional joys are seeing the children laugh and run to their clinician to begin therapy, and when parents and grandparents tell her that the JSLS staff is an extension of their own family! In her leisure time, Annette loves to spend time with her family outdoors. Her favorite activities are rowing, swimming and skiing. She is a fan of Boston sports teams, especially the Patriots! Annette can be contacted at annette@jacksonspeech.com.

Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Coordinator

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Bridgewater State University and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University. She received her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts. Stephanie has experience working with individuals across the lifespan within public schools, private practice, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. She has evaluated and treated children with a variety of communication disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, articulation/phonology disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, fluency disorders, social language disorders, and voice disorders. Stephanie works full-time at an elementary school servicing students in grades 4-6 and works at JSLS on a part-time basis. Her passion for working with children is evident through her ability to build strong rapport with her clients and families in order to foster a compassionate, nurturing environment for communicative success. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends! Stephanie can be contacted at stephanie@jacksonspeech.com.

Lauren Gallagher

Lauren Tankle, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College. She received her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She works full-time as a pediatric speech-language pathologist at JSLS and also works part-time at Emerson College teaching a graduate-level course, Neurological Bases of Communication, to students studying speech-language pathology. Lauren’s approach to therapy focuses on fostering a nurturing relationship with children, strong rapport with parents, and individualized treatment plans to help each child succeed in their communication abilities across environments. Lauren has a special appreciation for each child’s unique personality and aims to let that shine through their communication. She loves staying up to date on current research in the field and utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches with her clients. She has experience working with individuals with communication disorders across the lifespan and in a variety of settings, including private practice, school, rehabilitation, and hospital settings. Lauren’s clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist includes working with children with articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and social language disorders. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, exercising, cooking, traveling new places, and spending time with her family and friends! Lauren can be contacted at lauren@jacksonspeech.com.

Taylor Laubenstein

Taylor Laubenstein, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Taylor earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Science from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. She holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.  Taylor’s mission is to help clients communicate in a manner that positively impacts their productive participation within their home, local community, and everyday lives. She utilizes a fun, play-based approach to therapy in order to create an environment where clients feel safe and comfortable while working on their goals. She works full-time at a middle school servicing students in grades 6-8 and works at JSLS on a part-time basis. Taylor has experience with a variety of communication disabilities and disorders including social pragmatics, articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and fluency.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading at the beach! Taylor can be contacted at taylor@jacksonspeech.com.    

Robin Harris

Robin Harris, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 

 Robin earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education (concentration in Communication Disorders) from Bridgewater State University and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College. She holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Maine. Robin has over 17 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in a public school setting. She has evaluated and treated children of all ages with a variety of communication disorders, including speech sound and phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, social language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental delays. Robin is passionate about working with pediatric populations in a fun and nurturing environment, incorporating language-literacy activities, and assisting families with carryover of skills across settings. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, and nature photography, as well as spending time with her husband and their two energetic Brittany spaniels. Robin can be contacted at robin@jacksonspeech.com.

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Katie Bedard, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

 

Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social and Rehabilitation Services from Assumption College and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. She holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts. Katie’s mission is to provide individualized treatment and support for each child, building upon their unique communication profile, to help them grow and improve. She prides herself in developing strong rapport with children and their families with a variety of cultural backgrounds and presenting disorders. She has experience with a variety of communication disabilities and disorders including expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, pragmatic language disorders, selective mutism, fluency disorders, developmental delays, and apraxia. Katie works full-time at a preschool and works at JSLS on a part-time basis. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, being a mom to her two children, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends! Katie can be contacted at katie@jacksonspeech.com.

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Emma Dowd, MA, CF-SLP 
Clinical Fellow,

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Emma earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship Year under the guidance of our highly qualified Speech-Language Pathologists. She has had clinical experience in school, hospital, community clinic and early intervention settings. She worked as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant in a school for one year prior to completing her masters degree. Emma has evaluated and treated children and adults with a variety of communication disorders including expressive/receptive delay, autism spectrum disorder, social language disorders, AAC, fluency disorders, and articulation disorders. She believes in building strong rapport with clients and their families, as most speech and language gains happen in the home. In her free time she enjoys workout classes, cooking, skiing and spending time with her family. Emma can be contacted at emma@jacksonspeech.com.  

Susan Bailey

Susan Bailey

Reading Specialist

Susan received a Bachelor of Arts and Certification in teaching Secondary Education Social Studies from University of Massachusetts.  She received her Master’s in Education/Reading from Bridgewater State University, and is licensed as a Reading Specialist in Massachusetts.    In addition, she is certified in the Wilson Language Learning Program (a phonics-based program), as well as trained in the LindaMood-Bell Program (sensory cognitive processing program).  Susan has over twenty years of professional experience working with students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 as both a reading specialist and a classroom teacher.  In her reading classes she focuses on both fluency and comprehension, and has a box of tools that contain fun and engaging reading strategies.  Her goal in working with students is that they employ meta-cognitive thinking while reading that enhances their comprehension and engages them as readers.  If they are younger readers, just beginning to master applying phonics rules to decoding (reading), then different strategies are taught to solidify and blend the various sounds and nuances of the English language.  Susan loves establishing strong relationships with the children and families that she works with, and tailors the reading and writing lessons to the students needs.  She loves foster a love of reading and to watch her children grow as successful readers and writers.  In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, painting, walking and swimming.  Most important she loves to spend time with her two grown daughters, friends, family and two cats!  Susan can be reached susanmarieb@comcast.net.

Lisa Diodati

Lisa Diodati-Gately
Administrative Assistant 

Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She worked for sixteen years as the library ESP in a public elementary/middle school library. There, her favorite part of the job was reading to the students, and to encourage their joy of reading, helping them find books that they would enjoy that related to their interests. After her career in education, Lisa was employed at a large apple farm, where she assisted in managing the busy farmstead. As JSLS's administrative assistant, she truly enjoys being in an environment where she can again interact with children and their parents! Lisa is a mother of two grown sons. In her leisure time, she loves to hike, garden, and read. Lisa can be contacted at lisa@jacksonspeech.com.

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