October’s staff spotlight is speech-language pathologist Cara Walton. Cara received her Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green and her Master’s degree from The Ohio State University. Drawn to the medical field, she chose Speech-Language Pathology because of the close relationships they form with people and the lack of blood. 🙂
Cara specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). AAC refers to all communication methods other than verbal speech. Cara chose to focus on AAC because “Everyone already has a voice. AAC is helping someone find the amplifier to express their voice, and there is no greater feeling.” Her favorite part of her job is conducting AAC Evaluations. Evaluations include helping clients access which methods work best: hand, eye, switch, determining the icon size, and which device is best for their needs. So it’s no surprise that Cara’s favorite CSH memory is receiving the first fully funded AAC device!
When not helping her clients determine their best method of communication, you’ll find Cara planning for her December wedding, crafting with her Cricut and walking her rescue dog Denim.
Cara conducts AAC evaluations for current clients and those not receiving treatment from CSH. If you’re interested in learning more about AAC and the evaluation process, please call CSH to schedule an appointment.