Robyn Merkel-Walsh, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Licensed Speech Pathologist with over two decades of experience in the state of NJ. In addition to owning her own practice, she works full time for the Ridgefield Board of Education where she is housed in the Magnet School Program for children on the Autism Spectrum.
Her publications include: SMILE (Systematic Intervention for Lingual Elevation), Art Talk, Handy Handouts, and she co-authored Sensory Stix, A Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, Oral Placement TO Speech (OPTS) and OPT Goals for Speech Clarity. She has also written several articles for the TalkTools® website, The ASHA Leader, and
Advance Magazine for Speech Pathologists.
Robyn is a lecturer for professional enhancement courses as part of TalkTools® . She has presented Tongue Thrust and Autism courses that have been offered for ASHA CEUs. She has been invited to speak on Oral Placement disorders by the New Milford Board of Education, The Apraxia Network, AAPPSPA and the MOSAIC Foundation. She is actively involved in parental support groups for apraxia and autism, and monitors an interactive Oral Placement Discussion Board on Facebook. Robyn was a chief clinician in a research project for the Moebius Foundation, and trains Level 3 and 4 Talk Tools candidates. She is actively involved in gathering Evidenced Based Practice to support Oral Placement Therapy through her work on the Board of Directors for the Oral Motor Institute. She sits on this board amongst great clinicians in the field including: Sara Rosenfeld -Johnson, Pam Marshalla, Lori Overland and Diane Bahr.
Robyn received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Montclair State University, where she was later invited to be an adjunct/clinical supervisor. She also taught classes at Bergen Community College, and is a former clinical site coordinator for Seton Hall University. She is a member of ASHA, NJSHA, the NJEA, and The Bergen County Apraxia Association.
Robyn has specialized training in Oral-Placement Disorders, feeding, Apraxia, Applied Behavioral Analysis, autism, cranio-facial anomalies, Beckman Techniques and PROMPT. Robyn also has a specialized interest in integrative medicine and holistic healing.
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