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Sarah Shields


Sarah is a graduate of the University of Kentucky receiving her Master’s degree in 2001.  Sarah began her career working at Swigert & Associates, Inc., a private practice.  There Sarah specialized in the treatment of reading and written language disorders through The Reading Center.  She provided home based services to children through the Bluegrass First Steps program.  While working at Swigert & Associates, Sarah wrote a chapter in THE SOURCE, for Early Intervention, by Nancy Swigert, which was published in 2004 and is used as a text book and resource manual for practicing therapists.  Sarah worked at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital providing outpatient services to children birth to 21 with a variety of diagnoses.  She specialized in the treatment of children with reading and written language disorders using the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing program and Orton Gillingham methodology.  She conducted group therapy programs targeting reading and written language for groups of children aged 5-10.  While at Cardinal Hill, Sarah successfully participated in the development of a grant to obtain reading material for their reading program and provided clinical supervision to Clinical Fellows.  Sarah joined Kraska & Associates in 2009 and has been providing services to children with a variety of communication needs including those associated with Autism, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, as well as language and articulation disorders associated with developmental delay.  She has completed training related to Reading and Written Language – Orton Gillingham, Dyslexia, Behavior Modification and treatment techniques for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pediatric Eating and Swallowing, Dysphagia Management, and Sensory Processing Disorders.  Sarah is the mother of two, Samuel and Skylar, and wife to husband, Matt.  As a mother, she has gained hands-on experience in behavior management (tantrum management) and is becoming an expert at utilizing the most effective techniques (bribery, coercion) to achieve her primary goals and objectives (peace and quiet!).  She loves reading, exercising cooking, and most of all, being a mom.  She loves children and delights in the idea that involvement in a child’s life, may in some small way, make him/her a better communicator!

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