KATIE ARBATAITIS M.A. CCC-SLP

 

EDUCATION

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, September 2000–June 2002
Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology, June 2002

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.958 / 4.0
  • Awarded Northwestern University’s Graduate School Scholarship for academic achievement.
  • Awarded the Mark Driscoll Book Award for demonstrating outstanding dedication to developing academic, clinical and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced Coursework:  Acoustic Phonetics (Y. Xu), Advanced Phonology (B. Smith), Advanced Stuttering (D. Hill), Aphasia (C. Thompson), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (M. Aylesworth), Children’s Language Disorders (K. McGregor), Dysphagia  (J. Logemann), Family Systems (M. Touris), Functional Neuroanatomy (C. Thompson), Infant and Toddler Assessment (J. Bregman), The Management of Feeding Disorders in Infants and Toddlers (B. Nathanson)

 

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, August 1995-May 1999
Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology, May 1999

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.814 / 4.0; Major GPA: 3.875 / 4.0
  • University Dean’s List, August 1995-May 1999
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Studied abroad at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland; GPA: 4.0 / 4.0 

 

EMPLOYMENT

FixLexia, Omaha, NE
Clinical Director, April 2015-Present

  • Provide clinical assessments for children with difficulties in the areas of reading and spelling.  
  • Provide feedback to staff and families regarding language findings from chart review as well as results from assessments administered.

 

Private Practice, Omaha, NE
Speech Pathologist, February 2006-Present

  • Provide home based assessments and therapy for children with speech and/or language delays or disorders.  
  • Develop and monitor home programs to promote parent education and development of speech and language skills in a natural environment.

 

Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
Contract Speech Pathologist, May 2009-Present

  • Participate in a multidisciplinary team through the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic
  • Conduct screenings, assessments and therapy services for children with speech difficulties (including VPI) secondary to clefting; this includes perceptual assessment, aerodynamic assessment and assistance with nasoendoscopic and videofluroscopic assessments

 

Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
Speech Pathologist, August 2004-September 2008

  • Provide assessments and therapy services for children with childhood apraxia of speech
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a summer speech group for children with severe speech disorders and their families
  • Participate in a multidisciplinary team through the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic
  • Conduct screenings, assessments and therapy services for children with speech difficulties (including VPI) secondary to clefting; this includes perceptual assessment, aerodynamic assessment and assistance with nasoendoscopic and videofluroscopic assessments
  • Provide family-centered speech-language therapy services for children that are deaf/hard-of-hearing, have associated multiple disabilities, and/or have cochlear implants
  • Evaluate and provide therapy in school-based programs for deaf/hard-of-hearing students (Preschool-3rd grade) with articulation, language, and auditory needs
  • Teach Signed Exact English II (SEEII) class for siblings of deaf/hard-of-hearing children
  • Provide assessments for children with speech and/or language delay or disorders
  • Mentor and help supervise clinicians during their Clinical Fellowship Year

 

Research Assistant, under the direction of Mary Pat Moeller, August 2004-September 2008

  • Complete data collection on children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing; including on-line phonetic transcription and administration of various formal and informal assessments, and give parent feedback on the information gained
  • Complete various analyses on speech and language samples collected; including but not limited to use of SALT, phonetic transcription and assisting in the development of new coding systems to analyze children’s productions as well as maternal responses

 

University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Speech Pathologist, July 2003-August 2004

  • Provided individual and group therapy for children with speech and language disorders, many of which were secondary to various congenital disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities and cognitive impairments ranging from mild to severe and profound.
  • Conducted oral motor and feeding therapy with children who had reduced oral motor functioning and feeding skills.
  • Developed and monitored home programs to promote parent education and development of speech and language skills in a natural environment. 
  • Assessed children, birth to 18, with various speech, language, oral-motor and feeding difficulties.
  • Assessed and treated children who had speech and language delays secondary to hearing loss and had since received cochlear implants.

 

Early Intervention Associate, Chicago, IL
Speech Pathologist, May 2003-August 2004

  • Provided therapy for children with speech, language or feeding delays or disorders, ages birth-3, in their home.  
  • Developed and monitored home programs to promote parent education and development of speech, language and feeding skills in a natural environment.

 

Private Practice, Chicago, IL
Speech Pathologist, May 2003-August 2004

  • Provided therapy for children with speech and/or language delays or disorders, ages birth-15, in their home.  
  • Developed and monitored home programs to promote parent education and development of speech and language and skills in a natural environment.

 

Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
Speech Pathologist, August 2002-June 2003

  • Provided individual and group therapy for children with speech and language disorders secondary to various congenital disorders, traumatic brain injury, developmental delays and cognitive and physical impairments ranging from mild to severe and profound.
  • Conducted oral motor and feeding therapy with children who have reduced oral motor functioning and feeding skills.
  • Provided therapy for students who relied on augmentative communication devices to enhance their communicative abilities.
  • Assessed children with various speech, language, oral-motor and feeding difficulties.

 

Educational Service Unit #3, Omaha, NE
Para Educator in a Special Education preschool, August 1999-June 2000

  • Assisted speech pathologist with implementation of individual and group therapy.
  • Coordinated and taught daily classroom activities.

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 

Wee Speech, Skokie, IL
Practicum Student, Spring 2002

  • Provided individual therapy for children with speech, language, and oral motor deficits secondary to cerebral palsy, congenital disorders and developmental delays.
  • Cases included articulation, fluency, language, oral-motor and pragmatics.
  • Assessed children with language, speech and oral-motor difficulties.
  • Observed and assisted with feeding therapy.

 

Hanson Park School, Chicago, IL
Practicum Student, Winter 2002

  • Provided individual and group therapy for children with speech and language deficits secondary to cerebral palsy, congenital disorders, developmental delays, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury; 1st through 8th grade.
  • Conducted weekly lessons in several classrooms focusing on language enhancement.
  • Participated in MDC and IEP meetings.
  • Diagnostic and Treatment cases included articulation, fluency, language delays and disorders, oral-motor, pragmatics and voice.

 

Northwestern University Speech And Language Clinic, Evanston, IL
Clinical Experience, Fall 2000 through Fall 2001

  • Preschool: Articulation, fluency disorders, language delays and disorders, oral-motor deficits
  • School age: Articulation, fluency disorders, language delays and disorders
  • Adult: Articulation disorders, articulation therapy for a non-native English speaker, aural rehabilitation, language, motor speech and pragmatic disorders

 

Diagnostic Experience, Fall 2000 through June 2002

  • Preschool: Articulation, fluency disorders, language delays and disorders, oral-motor deficits
  • School age: Articulation, fluency disorders, language delays and disorders, voice disorders, oral-motor deficits, and speech and language screenings
  • Adult: Articulation, fluency and language disorders, oral-motor deficits and speech, language, memory and voice screenings

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Moeller, M.P., Arbataitis, K., Beauchaine, K.L. (2011).  Team Approach to Spoken Language Development.   Pediatric Audiology Casebook; New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.; 2011: 264-268.
  • Moeller, M.P., Hoover, B.M., Putman, C.A., Arbataitis, K., Bohnenkamp, G., Woods, S.L. Lewis, D.E., & Pittman, A.L., Stelmachowicz, P.G. (2007).  Vocalizations of infants with hearing loss compared to infants with normal hearing: Part I – Phonetic development.  Ear Hear. 
  • Moeller, M.P., Hoover, B.M., Putman C.A., Arbataitis, K., Bohnenkamp, G., Estee, S., Lewis, D.E. & Pittman, A.L.., Stelmachowicz, P.G.  (2007).  Vocalization of infants with hearing loss compared to infants with normal hearing:  Part II – Transition to words.  Ear Hear. 

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Arbataitis, K (2009). Apraxia: Diagnosis and Treatment.  Guest Lecturer for ACORN Nuts & Bolts Lunchtime Series.  Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE.
  • Arbataitis, K (2007). Overview of Clefting and Apraxia: Looking at the relationship between diagnosis, hearing loss and speech production. Guest Lecturer for University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) graduate students in the UNL Mountain-Prairie and Nebraska Professional Upgrade Project in Early Childhood and Deaf Education.  Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE.
  • Arbataitis, K (2006). Clefting and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: The potential impact on speech production. Guest Lecturer for University of Nebraska at Kearney Speech Pathology graduate students.  Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE.
  • Ide-Helvie, Dana, Arbataitis, K (2005).  Clefting and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: The potential impact on speech production.  University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, American Speech-Language Hearing Association 
  • Member, Nebraska Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Previously Credentialed as an Early Intervention Associate through the Illinois Department of Human Services