Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Apraxia of Speech
- Dysphagia (Swallowing Disorders)
- Neurogenic Stuttering
- Degenerative Diseases and Disorders (EG, Parkinson’s, MS)
- Speech Read Training
- Cognitive Deficits (MCI, Dementia, Executive Function)
- Memory impairments
Licensed Speech Language Pathologist—License Number: 03697
American Speech, Language, & Hearing Association (ASHA)
• Deep Pharyngeal Neurosensory Stimulation (DPNS) and Vital Stimulation Certification
Learn about Spectrum Speech and Language Therapy
Our private practice serves the pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Our center offers comprehensive assessment and treatment plans from licensed speech-language pathologists. We are dedicated to maximizing quality of life by treating communication through speech/articulation phonology, apraxia, fluency, reading/writing comprehension, auditory processing, ASD, cognitive deficits, dysphagia, dysarthria, aphasia among other developmental/acquired speech and language deficits. We provide therapy in our Lutherville and Parkton, Maryland offices and are available for “in home” treatment. Our center specializes in treatment of congenital, neurogenic and acquired speech and language, cognition, voice and swallowing impairments. We offer our treatments and assessments at competitive prices. Owner and practicing Speech Pathologist, Amy Schueler Dowell, M.S. CCC-SLP, has over 18 years of experience.
About Amy Schueler
Amy Schueler Dowell was born and raised on a farm, in Sykesville Maryland, where she lived with her parents and five siblings. She is one of a set of triplets and has three older siblings, two of whom are a set of twins. . She currently resides in Parkton, MD and is the proud mother to two boys , two dogs and two cats. Her father was a veterinarian, so Amy learned to love and care for animals from an early age.
As a child with a minor birth defect, Amy received several years of speech therapy. As an adolescent, she began to develop a keen sense of awareness of the sensitivities of others, having experienced them herself. She learned how to be strong in challenging or difficult times. She enjoyed rooting for the underdog, for those for whom life did not “come easy”.
While a student at Towson University, Amy decided that her desire to care for and help others would be best served in the field of speech language pathology (also known as speech therapy). She obtained her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University in 1997 and was pleasantly surprised to gain employment in the field immediately upon graduation.
Since then, Amy has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, school, nursing home, home health and private practice. She has worked directly with patients and also in management positions. She has gained a plethora of knowledge, which she brings into each unique situation as it pertains to speech, language, cognition and swallowing disorders. However, along the way, she decided that being in management was depriving her of one on one contact with patients/clients.
After much personal introspection, Amy finally realized that her dream speech therapy job lay in private practice. There she could maintain meaningful and continuous relationships with both children and adults, allow the necessary time to meet the needs of those she served and provide services to diverse clients with diverse needs. She has been given the opportunity to make a positive impact on the life of a child or adult forever, to educate and empower individuals, parents and caregivers. Very few people get to experience how this “feels”!!!
Amy believes her experiences as a child dealing with psychosocial adversity truly led her to choose this career path. She can just as easily relate to a child experiencing communication difficulty or psychosocial adversity as she can listen to and help the adult who expresses their feelings about the changes impacting their life. She honestly believes her passion to help others is evident in her energy and enthusiasm in each of her sessions. She believes that brain fitness exercise coupled with physical fitness is key to keeping her balanced and in shape for what the world has to offer.
Most of the advice Amy gives, comes from her experiences receiving therapy, not giving it. Her best advice is that you use your resources, ask questions, and expect nothing but the best for your loved one. Your therapist should be able to confidently and competently explain and provide a sound rationale for their recommended treatment plan and include you in the development of that plan.
Affiliations: American Speech-Language Association (ASHA) member; certification in vital stimulation, training in PROMPT, and certified to provide DPNS (Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation)
Practicing speech therapist for 20 years.
Individualized Speech Therapy Treatment Plans for Children and Adults in Baltimore County, MD
Spectrum Speech and Language Therapy in Baltimore County, MD helps in providing treatment through personalized therapy programs to children and adults. The following are some of our areas of focus.
Our goal is to maximize functional outcomes for our pediatric and adult clients. We provide ongoing caregiver education that consists of reassessments and updated treatment plans.
Our assessment tools include, but are not limited to:
- Preschool Language Scale Screening – 4 (PLS-4)
- Preschool Language Scale Assessment – 4 (PLS-4)
- Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation – 2 (GFTA-2)
- Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)
- Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale
- Informal Observation, Audio Tape Analysis
- Expressive-One-Word-Picture-Vocabulary-Test (EVT)
- Receptive-One-Word-Picture-Vocabulary-Test (RVT)
- Gray Oral Reading Test (GORT) 5th edition
- Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE)
- Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS Exam)
- Clinical Swallow Evaluation
Boston Naming Test
- Western Aphasia Battery (WAB)
- Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test
- Arizona Battery for Communication
- Disorders of Dementia
- Cambridge Prospective Memory Test (CAMPROMPT)
- Stuttering Severity Instrument
- Mini Inventory of Right Brain Injury (MIRBI)
- Ross Information Processing Assessment (RIPA – 2) (RIPA – G)
- Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)
- Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition
- Measures of Cognitive Linguistic Abilities (MCLA)
- General Right/Left CVA Evaluation
- Reading Comprehension Battery for Aphasia
Our treatment sessions last from 30 to 60 minutes one to three times a week. Our training programs are set up based on your individual needs.
Spectrum Speech Therapy now offers Telepractice. Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech therapy services at a distance by linking the therapist to the client. This allows for therapy to be conducted as an alternative to missing therapy sessions due to inclement weather, or in situations where travel is an issue.
MY MEMORY IS NOT THE SAME AS IT USED TO BE
Do you experience difficulty remembering to take your medications? Do you find that you cannot remember details of conversations that you had with friends? Do you have trouble remembering dates and times of appointments? If you answered yes to any of these questions, call our office to allow our speech-language pathologists to evaluate your memory and determine if you may benefit from therapy. Therapy for memory involves learning internal and external memory strategies to maintain and/or boost your recall.
HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD THAT YOU HAVE HAD A STROKE? HAVE YOU BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH OR A NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE?
Whenever one has a brain injury or a degenerative disease, they may experience one or more of the following:
struggling to move their mouth in the right position to say a word
slurred speech or speech that is difficulty to understand
difficulty chewing or swallowing
difficulty finding the right word or thought when talking
Allow our speech-language pathologists to evaluate you or your loved one and determine the right treatment plan to meet your needs.
SERVICES TO TREAT WHAT YOUR CHILD MAY BE EXPERIENCING
EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE DELAYS
- poor ability to communicate wants and needs
- limited vocabulary
- poor grammar or sentence usage
- difficulty finding the right word to say what they want
RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE DELAYS
- difficulty pointing or showing everyday objects
- difficulty understanding information given verbally
- difficulty answering wh- questions (who, what, where, when, why)
SPEECH/ARTICULATION (PHONOLOGICAL) IMPAIRMENTS
APRAXIA OF SPEECH (ALSO DYSPRAXIA)
Child knows what they want to say but they have difficulty coordinating the muscles to say the words
Trouble saying sounds, syllables and words that are not a result of muscle weakness
Tongue thrust (when swallowing or when talking)
- unclear production of sounds
- backing of sounds (saying “guck” for “duck”)
- fronting of sounds (saying “tat” for “cat”)
- deleting sounds (saying “oop” for “hoop”)
- sound substitution (saying “deap” for “leap”)
- difficulty saying /r/ (saying “wace” for “race”)
- repeating part or whole sounds, syllables, words or phrases
- blocking (or getting stuck) on certain sounds, syllables, words
- excessive use of fillers such as um, you know
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (ASD), PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER, ASPERGERS
- difficulty with communication
- difficulty with social interactions
- poor attention
- speech impairment
- difficulty understanding figurative language
- poor nonverbal communication
NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS (TBI, STROKE)
- dysphagia (difficulty chewing and/or swallowing)
- aphasia (neurogenic language disorder)
- dysarthria (neurogenic speech disorder)
- apraxia (motor planning deficit impacting oral movements and/or speech)
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2324 W Joppa Road
Proudly Serving Clients in Baltimore County and surrounding areas including, but not limited to Timonium, Towson, Parkton, Lutherville, Sparks, and Monkton, Maryland.
Contact Spectrum Speech and Language Therapy in Baltimore County, MD for speech and language pathology for children and adults
11350 McCormick Rd,
Suite LL10 Building IV,
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Hours of Operation
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Weekends by appointment only.