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Stacking Rings
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Katie Ruder, MA, CCC-SLP

Meet Katie

A midwestern girl at heart, Katie graduated from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology in 2004.  Since then, she has provided speech and language therapy to children as young as 3 months of age to age 18 in various settings including their homes, schools, childcare centers and clinics.  She is well-experienced in a variety of treatment methods, selecting those that best meet your child’s needs.  As a qualified therapist with a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, she is skilled and experienced at working with children who have a variety of communication disorders and diagnoses.

Throughout her career Katie has gravitated towards supporting the autistic community.  Her passion has lead her to this point in her career where she has found her niche- in helping young autistic learners and their families connect through play. This play based approach is the basis for how families and young children learn to communicate with one another.  Katie believes autistic play is valid and building relationships and trust creates intrinsic motivation in children to communicate. 

Katie's specialized training includes:

  • NLA Trained Clinician

  • Early Start Denver Model Trained Clinician

Katie lives in Athens with her husband and three children.  When she's not down on the ground playing with toddlers, Katie enjoys being outdoors, being around friends and family, going on adventures with her daughter, and watching her boys play soccer.

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Why the Arrow?
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Why the Arrow?


In August 2013, Katie’s daughter suddenly went into heart failure at the age of 6.  She was lifeflighted to a children's hospital and put on a temporary pacemaker.  She made it through with minimal lasting cardiac injuries, but as a complication she had a stroke.  During her hospital stay one of her uncles asked her what she wanted. She asked for the Merida bow and arrow set from the movie Brave. This set the tone for her recovery. The arrow became a symbol of upward growth and strength.  She drew tons and tons of arrows during her stay.  One of those drawings is the arrow that is part of Arrow Speech Company's logo.

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