Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, Feeding Therapist, Specialist in Feeding and Gestalt Language
Maggie Steranko, M.S., CCC-SLP, earned her master’s degree at East Tennessee State University and her bachelor’s degree at Appalachian State University. Maggie’s specific areas of interest include gestalt language, feeding, and AAC use.
Maggie has experience treating clients of all ages, across a variety of populations and settings, for a range of speech, language, and feeding disorders. Maggie is trained in the CAN-EAT approach (a pediatric approach to feeding and swallowing), AEIOU approach (acceptance, exposure, independence, observation and understanding for integrated treatment of infants and young children with challenging feeding disorders using sensory, oral motor, biomedical and environmental strategies), Get Permission™ approach, in Lori Overland’s TalkTools® Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach, and in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Infancy: Assessment and Management.
Maggie specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and has experience working with software companies such as Dynavox, PRC, and Saltillo to obtain devices for children, as well as ongoing therapeutic use of a variety of devices. Maggie is trained in Meaningful Speech™focused on child-led therapy, gestalt language processing, and the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) framework, developed by Marge Blanc (2012).
Maggie enjoys making therapy play-based and functional to meet the needs of all client and family interests. She often reviews the research to be sure her intervention choices are the most up to date. Maggie’s favorite part about the field is the connections she makes with clients and their families!
In her spare time, Maggie enjoys fostering dogs, reading, exercising, getting outdoors, and spending time with friends.