Anita Bullock-Morley, M.A., CCC-SLP, CNHP,
Founder of Communication Interventions and KindTree Kids
Behavior and Mindfulness Coach
Anita is a speech, language, behavioral and early intervention specialist who has been practicing in the Atlanta metro area for over 15 years. As she began working with children and their families, she discovered her passion for leading the whole family toward success and she opened her private practice, Communication Interventions, in 2002. Over the years, her company has evolved beyond the scope of just speech therapy and now offers a wider variety of services for children and families. It incorporates the use of researched based interventions, mindfulness training, parent/teacher training, behavioral strategies, and success based therapeutic models. She incorporates the use of nutritional and brain health, peaceful parenting techniques, and everyday usable strategies to support families on their journey. Since having two children of her own, she’s now able to take the perspectives of both sides of this journey and she’s grateful to have the opportunity to share her own experiences with parents. Her combined experience creates an opportunity for the compassion and knowledge needed to be supportive, both effectively and functionally.
Anita is a state licensed, ASHA certified, Speech Language Pathologist. She has completed and maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Her varied background includes a Debra Beckman Oral Motor Training Certification (2000), she’s a Better Brains for Babies Trainer (BBB), and a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP). Anita is also on the TIP (Therapy Intervention Program) Team at the Elaine Clark Child Developmental Center. There, she performs her abilities as a diagnostician in their PEAR (Pediatric Early Assessment Referral) Team Assessments. This provides her with an invaluable experience to work alongside a child development specialist, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist using this team approach. In 2014, Anita created the Compassionate Boundaries Parenting Workshop. She also is the co-founder of Camp TheraFUN, a mindfulness based, social thinking camp and has been the co-director since 2009. Communication Interventions was proud to open their doors to KindTree Kids programs in 2016. This program guides children and families on their journey to mindfulness in everyday lives.
With a strong focus on the whole child (one that honors the individual needs of the child instead of comparing to the masses), Anita strives to create a whole-family (your goals, your needs) centered program that can easily be implemented in any environment. Anita believes this integrated, play-based, mindful approach is the best way to create a healthy, functional outcome for everyone. Read Anita's feature on AtlantaMindfulness.com here and here.
Susan Lobdell, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Lead Therapist
Susan has been practicing speech-language pathology in the Atlanta area for almost 20 years. She received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia. During this time, she completed internships at Emory University Hospital in acute care neurology/inpatient rehab and Clarke County schools. It was during her time in the preschool special needs program in Clarke County that Susan discovered her love for early intervention and helping children develop functional communication skills. After graduation, Susan worked for City Schools of Decatur as an SLP and an Early Intervention teacher. In the Early Intervention Program, Susan developed a love for early literacy development. Susan has also worked in charter school, clinic, and home settings.
Susan is a state-licensed, ASHA-certified, speech-language pathologist. Her areas of specific interest and training include autism/Asperger's Syndrome; early literacy development; apraxia; preschool and school-age language development; family support; executive function, attention, and emotional regulation; and positive behavioral intervention. She is an avid reader, always looking for new ways to help children meet their goals, and combines researched-based clinical practices with healthy body and mind practices, such as yoga and mindfulness, to support children and their families.
Susan believes it is important to develop functional communication, social, and play skills in children by meeting them at their current level and breaking down skills so that children are successful at every step. She also believes that each child is a wonderful, complex, and unique individual who requires a customized and dynamic approach to meeting goals and reaching his or her full potential.
Jennie Grasier, M.Ed, CCC-SLP
Jennie has been practicing speech-language pathology in the Atlanta area since 2009. She completed her Masters of Education in Communication Disorders at Georgia State University. As part of her graduate program, Jennie completed internships at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, and Dekalb County School System. Jennie attributes her use of language strategies to her experience at Emory and her interest in literacy-based intervention to her experience at Dekalb County schools. Upon completion of her graduate program, Jennie started her career in the Gwinnett County Public School System working in an elementary school where she continued to develop innovative therapy techniques to address the needs of her students. Jennie currently provides therapy to children in their homes and schools.
Jennie is both ASHA certified and state licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She has experience working with children with articulation, language, and fluency disorders including those who also have specific learning disability as well as cognitive, visual, and hearing impairments. Her specific interests are in the areas of word finding, early intervention, literacy-based intervention, executive function training, apraxia, and strategy-based intervention. Jennie enjoys finding the best methods of therapy for the children using research-based interventions...and then finding some really fun toys or materials to implement those methods! She is passionate about parent and teacher education and feels privileged to be a part of each child’s intervention team. Jennie is committed to helping each child develop into confident and effective communicators.
Esther Reeds, M.A, CCC-SLP
Esther recently moved to the Atlanta area from New York. She graduated summa cum laude from Touro College in 2003 with a BS in Speech and Communications. She received her Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Touro College in 2006. She has years of experience working with preschool and school- aged children with a broad range of speech and language deficits in home, preschool, and school settings. Skills she has addressed include articulation, oral motor, receptive and expressive language, auditory processing, voice, fluency, cognition, and pragmatic language skills. Her work experience includes much collaborative work with other professionals and parents to ensure uniformity across all aspects of intervention and to ensure that parents were involved in the intervention process. She has found collaborative team-work and working closely with the family to be very effective.
Esther is both ASHA certified and state licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She finds this career to be a very rewarding one and has a real desire to help children with communicative disabilities.
Leslie Jolles, M.A. ,CCC-SLP
Leslie has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 20 years. In graduate school she received an Aural Habilitation Concentration as part of her degree. She has worked in a clinical setting as well as in the Public School System. Additionally, Leslie worked with Georgia PINES helping educate families of children with hearing impairment. She has worked with all ages of children ranging from infancy through high school.
Leslie feels that working with families is a critical component to the overall success in therapy. Leslie has both her state licensure and is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds her CCC’s (Certificate of Clinical Competence).
Danielle James, M.Ed.
KindTree Kids Guide and Mindfulness Coach
Danielle James received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, her Montessori Primary certification from the Association of Montessori International and completed her master’s Degree in Montessori Education from University of Loyola, Maryland. She recently completed her Mindful Schools training program and will begin her SLP-A certification in the near future.
Currently, Danielle teaches at Grow Montessori School in Atlanta and serves as the Inclusion Coordinator and Family Liaison. With over 18 years of teaching experience in public and private schools and community organizations across the country in a variety of teaching environments and approaches, Danielle has had the pleasure of sharing time with and teaching skills to children from 3 year olds to 22 year olds with varying levels of ability. Danielle believes that each child’s path is an individual one and we must remain flexible in our approach as educators and mentors to successfully develop the whole child.
Danielle believes that education of the heart goes hand in hand with the development of the mind and body. When a child mindfully connects to his/her emotions, he/she will better understand their connection to themselves, others and the world around them. Danielle believes in creating a collaborative, compassionate and honest relationship with the child’s supporting team across all aspects in order to ensure the child’s individuality is honored and met with respect, dignity, empathy and joy. She is excited to be part of the Communication Interventions team.
Cara Boggs, B.A., SLP-A
Cara Boggs is an approved Bright From the Start Provider and is a state licensed Speech-Language Pathology-Aide. She is a 2016 graduate from Georgia Southern University where she obtained her BA in Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Child Development.
During her second semester senior year at Georgia Southern, Cara interned at Kids R Kids East Roswell Preschool where she continued to work as an assistant teacher in the 3-4 year old classroom. After a year of working at the preschool, she wanted to strengthen her abilities and work more with children with special needs and their families.
Cara is currently working with Communication Interventions, Inc. as a Georgia licensed Speech-Language Pathology-Aide. She works alongside the lead therapists of Communication Interventions and is gaining great experience in order to achieve her goal to get her CCC's after graduate school. Even though Cara has only been working with Communications Interventions, Inc. for a short time, she has quickly come to love the world of Speech-Language Pathology. She cares about the importance of each child’s needs, she understands their strengths and weaknesses, and strives to support the families to celebrate the accomplishments.
Vanessa Mincey, Accounting
Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Accountancy from University of California Sacramento. She has been working with Communication Interventions for 2 years.
She is a bookkeeping professional passionate in helping small business moms, non profit, and individuals. Her bookkeeping expertise includes Quickbooks Online, Quickbooks set up and invoicing.
She resides in Northern California with her husband and three children.