Karen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Karen is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association with over 26 years of experience as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a lifelong learner and attends many continuing education conferences on various topics annually.
Karen has a special interest in complex speech and language disorders, including those students who struggle to speak; such as, Childhood Apraxia of Speech and other motor speech disorders. She has experience and is proficient working with children with a wide range of communication challenges including, but not limited to, children presenting the following: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, phonological disorders / delays, receptive / expressive and pragmatic language, Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, students with social / emotional / behavioral struggles, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, and hearing impairment. Karen has worked with English language learners fluent in Spanish, as well as internationally adopted children. Karen is well versed in treatment methodologies based on the principles of motor learning, TEACCH Autism Program, and ABA Pivotal Response Training (PRT). Karen has experience developing and using low tech communication systems for students with limited verbal skills.
Karen’s 23 year career as a public school speech-language pathologist began on the North Shore of Massachusetts; leading to the White Mountains area of New Hampshire, and ultimately returning to Massachusetts in 1996. Karen has had the fortunate opportunity to work with diverse populations of preschool through high school age students as well as to collaborate with parents, teachers, and other specialists on a variety of special education teams. In addition to providing direct services, Karen supervised Speech-Language Assistants in Northern New Hampshire.
While residing North of Boston for 15 years, Karen worked with diverse groups of primarily elementary and preschool age students in various public schools on the North Shore and Metro West areas of Massachusetts, including the following school districts: Wilmington, Concord, Danvers, Stoneham, and Lexington. Prior to a move to the South Shore community of Abington, her hometown, Karen enjoyed working part time for the Salem Public Schools while beginning her private practice.
"Karen has been my son's speech therapist for over a year and his progress is remarkable. A year ago, he couldn't even ask for a glass of milk. Now he engages other children on the playground and they can actually understand him! Karen is an energetic, engaging, and supportive professional who has excellent rapport with my son. Karen has helped me understand his disability, further his progress at home, and be his advocate."
“Ms. Twomey has developed an excellent working relationship with my son, my husband, and myself. She has kept our son motivated and has provided him with appropriate and engaging homework. Due to her hard work, he for the first time can correctly articulate many sounds that previously he could not make. In fact Ms. Twomey has had such great success that he now has graduated from speech therapy!”
“Karen Twomey has worked with my grandson, his speech has improved that he now speaks clear and can be understood. She is amazing with how she worked wonders with him. She also informs me how to help with his weekly lesson. We look forward to the help and growth of our grandson’s speech. We highly recommend Karen Twomey.”
“In the short amount of time my son has been going to see Mrs. Karen Twomey, it’s already made such a big difference in his speech. She is very patient with him and brings his interests into play, which is huge for his attention span. Mrs. Twomey even went out of her way to get puzzles of trucks & machines for their learning sessions, which is why I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone who goes beyond for her sessions. Thank you for all of your work!”
“We are so appreciative of the work Karen did with our son. She was able to get him to overcome his disability and realize tremendous progress. Today because of Karen's work he continues to make great improvement. Thanks Karen!”
“Karen has an unfailing ability to reach out to children who have language needs and, with her quiet voice and welcoming words, helps children feel valued and competent. In her gentle yet consistent way she holds all students to task, never allowing them to give up or perceive themselves as failures.”
"As a Speech and Language Pathologist, Karen demonstrates extraordinary diagnostic skills; always able to use testing to rule out or recognize a language difficulty and then begin to remediate it. She has a firm understanding of the skills necessary to carry this out."