Meet the transdisciplinary team that’s here to serve your family’s Autism diagnostic needs

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

The diagnostic team at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center’s Autism Diagnostic Clinic knows that every child and every family has their own unique questions, situations and needs. That’s why the team at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center consists of 6 Autism specialists from 4 professional areas of expertise. Together, with a holistic understanding of what a diagnosis means for a family, the team is here to offer the resources, recommendations and support that will be appropriate in navigating the next steps of the process.

Our team understands the complexities your family may be going through, which is why our approach is not a “one and done” solution that other clinics may offer. With years of experience in working with children on the Autism Spectrum, our team can help your family ensure your child succeeds in school and receives the necessary speech-language therapy or other support he or she needs. Meet our team below!

Diagnostic Team:

Jennifer Sami, B.S

Family Advocate

Jennifer Sami is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She has seventeen years of experience working in non-profit management and program development. Her professional experience includes over a decade of service to diverse populations with agencies including Faith Mission and Southeast, Inc.   Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Family Promise of Delaware County.  Jennifer has been a Certified Bridges Out of Poverty instructor since 2013.   She is a mother of four and lives with her husband and family in Grandview Heights, Ohio.

 Julie Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Julie joined Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 1998 and is an Assistant Director overseeing the Center’s group therapy and clinical mentoring programs. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from Bowling Green State University in 1998 and Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from B.G. in 1995.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Julie’s areas of expertise include diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders in children with a variety of speech, language and communication challenges with an emphasis in serving the birth to three population as well as those children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

Leslie Terrell, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Leslie joined the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 2006. She earned her Master in Science of Speech Pathology from Loyola College of Maryland in 2006 and received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio University in 2004. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.  Leslie’s areas of expertise include individual and group services for pediatrics, with an emphasis in serving the birth to three population and children on the Autism Spectrum. She helped create and implement the Community Experience Program which helps children learn how to be socially successful within their community. 

Sandra Webster, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Sandra Webster obtained her doctorate at the University of New Hampshire, Durham and received additional training in clinical psychology through the Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Webster opened her private practice in 2014 in the Westerville area, working with children and adults on the Spectrum and children and adults with anxiety disorders and depression. Play therapy for children is a central component of her practice as well as ongoing therapy for both children and adults on the Spectrum.  Dr. Webster’s practice includes professional assessment and diagnosis for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (children and adults), and learning disabilities. She hosts bi-monthly meetings for adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (a high functioning autism).

Sara Boggs, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sara joined Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 2006.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathologist from the University of Akron in 2006 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 from The Ohio State University.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Sara’s areas of expertise include treatment of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, pragmatic language disorders, early language delays, and hearing impairments.  She helped create and implement the Community Experience Program which helps children learn how to be socially successful within their community. 

Terri Heaphy M.S. OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Terri is a licensed occupational therapist and earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1995, specializing in Birth to Three population and her Bachelor of Science degree in 1983, both at The Ohio State University.  Terri founded Journeys, LLC, a private practice specializing in working with children from birth to young adulthood with a variety of developmental, learning and behavioral challenges, including children on the Autism Spectrum. Terri has experience working in an outpatient community center, providing individual, group and co-treatment services. In addition, Terri has provided consultative services to therapists, teachers, professional colleagues and parents in home-based, early intervention and school based settings. Terri’s areas of expertise include sensory integration, therapeutic listening, reflex integration, motor coordination, neurodevelopmental treatment, neurovascular integration, and feeding.