Designed by an SLP for SLPs.
Meet Katherine Cohen, M.S. CCC-SLP
When I began my career as a Special Education teacher of students with severe and profound disabilities, every other classroom had a curriculum to follow. I was provided with (what felt like) construction paper, some pencil grips, and told, “Good luck!” After completing my masters and returning to public schools as a speech-language pathologist, I saw the same thing. Dyslexia, Math interventionists, Reading Resource groups—all had curriculums available to them. But not speech therapy.
While graduate school provides you with theory and technique, curriculum is the road map that tells you how to implement that knowledge. It shows you where to start, where you are going and, most importantly, how to get there. Curriculum provides a standard of care and accountability across schools and professionals.
When I got my first student who stuttered on my caseload, I was terrified of stuttering. How do I treat it? Where do I begin? In my first two years, I was inundated with students who stuttered. At first, I tried to wing it—creating lesson plans based on the philosophy I had learned and with the tools provided to me in my office. This was tedious, time consuming, and could be derailed by something as simple as a student saying, “I have to go to the bathroom,” and eating half of my therapy session.
I began attending CEUs and workshops dedicated to stuttering. They were filled with more helpful tools, techniques, resources, philosophies, and examples. But still no road map.
In 2020, I dedicated myself to writing a step-by-step curriculum for students who stutter.
Joybound Fluency Elementary® is your roadmap.
General education classrooms are required by law to have a curriculum that ensures that students will make progress. Speech therapy shouldn’t be an exception.
Katherine Cohen, M.S. CCC-SLP
Katherine earned a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences from The University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Special Education from Vanderbilt University.
Katherine began her career as a Life Skills educator, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year for her proactive approach to providing social opportunities for students across educational settings. As a speech-language pathologist, Katherine has worked in private practice and the public-school setting. Katherine has over a decade’s experience working in the public school system and is passionate about merging the two fields of education and communication sciences.
Katherine splits her time living in both Dallas and Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy with her husband and three small children who, along with her work, are what make her shine.
About our ASHA Certification
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) is a nationally recognized professional credential in the fields of Audiology (CCC-A) and
Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).