Sarah McDonnell, MA CCC-SLP
Sarah McDonnell is the founder and Director of Play Works Children's Therapies. She received her M.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from SUNY Buffalo in 2006, and since that time as dedicated over 13 years developing her clinical skills as a pediatric speech language pathologist. Sarah has a special interest in treating children with childhood apraxia of speech, severe speech sound disorders, and pediatric feeding & swallowing disorders. Among her professional experiences are inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, early intervention, and pediatric multidisciplinary clinics. She is a graduate of the 2011 Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute. Sarah brings to Play Works her CAS Therapy Intensive Program which utilizes an eclectic model following evidence based practice in the context of play. She has been an invited speaker for regional and national conferences, as well as a university guest lecturer. Sarah holds the experience of providing peer review for continuing education courses related to pediatric motor speech disorders. Her passion for play and social connection is made evident by her approach to treatment.
Anna Diem, MA CCC-SLP
Anna Diem earned both her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology, with a minor in Elementary Education, from Western Michigan University. Anna has worked in diverse environments as a pediatric SLP including elementary schools, a pediatric clinic in Ireland, and for the past 12 years with the Hood River County School District Early Intervention Program and elementary schools. These experiences have allowed her to work directly with parents, teachers, child care providers, therapists, and other professionals to support optimal communication abilities for children. She has extensive experience in treating children with ASD, CAS, phonological & articulation disorders, dysrthria, and overall language development. She specializes in helping parents develop deeper understanding of their child's communication needs during daily experiences. Anna is excited to continue serving children and families throughout the gorge within the Play Works community.
Paige Blodget, MA CCC-SLP
Paige Blodget is excited and honored to offer speech therapy services at Play Works. She has known from a young age that communication is an essential human need, so training to be an SLP was a natural calling. Paige received her Master's Degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Portland State University. During her professional career, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. Her experiences include early intervention, early childhood special education, public schools, and outpatient clinics and rehabilitation centers. Her specialty interest and experience is in treating children with language disorders, speech sound and phonological disorders, and social language development in older children and adolescents. Paige's most influential teachers in the school of life have been her two young children. Paige enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking, swimming, and spending time with her friends and family.
Emily DeCarlo, MA, CCC-SLP
Emily DeCarlo earned her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, with a concentration in bilingual development, from Portland State University in 2013. She grew up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish Language & Culture from California State University, Chico in 2005. She speaks Spanish fluently and taught English as a second language to children and adults in Spain for a few years. Emily is experienced in collaborating with diverse populations, from working with children with multiple disabilities at a neuro - developmental clinic in Ecuador, to helping middle school students improve their fluency skills in Seattle. Recently, Emily has collaborated to provide culturally appropriate assessments, birth-to-three services, and improve our understanding of typical early Spanish-English bilingual language development in young children. Emily is thrilled to join the Play Works team and provide speech and language services to families of all backgrounds in the Gorge.