ABOUT

We are highly experienced executive function specialists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and special educators who specialize in evaluating and treating a wide range of academic learning, language, and cognitive issues for young children, school-age children, and adolescents. We also provide executive function coaching for college students and adults.  

 

We focus on helping individuals learn the executive function skills needed to enjoy learning, reading, writing, and verbal communication through highly individualized programs that are based on the most current research.

 

To maximize effectiveness and independent carryover of learned skills, we use therapy approaches that develop an individual’s “meta-skills” and “executive function skills”.

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OUR TEAM

Each team member specializes in working with students of various ages and specific disorders.  We match your child to the specific clinician that will best meet his or her needs. 

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KRISTEN JACOBSEN

M.S., CCC/SLP + Co-Director

Speech and Language Pathologist

Kristen is a trained speech-language pathologist who is Co-Director at the Cognitive Connections Executive Function Practice.  She provides training and coaching for teachers and professionals nationally . . .

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SARAH WARD

M.S., CCC/SLP + Co-Director

Speech and Language Pathologist

Sarah has over 25 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems . . .

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NATALIE ROSS

M.S. CCC-SLP

Natalie is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in developmental executive function skill training . . .

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AMY ANNABLE

M.Ed

Amy is a dynamic special educator who brings 25+ years of teaching experiences to Cognitive Connections . . . 

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CAITLIN LARUSSA

M.S. OTR/L

Caitlin is an occupational therapist, health educator and public health practitioner who works with students to provide sensory processing and executive function training.... 

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JILL LUKENS

M.Ed

Jill is a special educator & reading specialist who has 20+ years of experience helping children and their families learn and grow to their true academic and executive functioning potential. . .

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JAMIE FRIEDMAN

M.S. OTR/L

Jamie is an occupational therapist who has tremendous experience supporting

students' executive function skills in schools for elementary through high school-aged students. Jamie helps students improve their social-emotional and executive functioning skills for increasing their academic and social successes....

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EMILY STAFSLIEN

MS CCC-SLP