Ms. Lewis is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and clinical faculty member at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She also serves the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Denver completing bilingual speech-language assessments. A speech-language pathologist and consultant for more than a quarter of a century, she has provided services to the full range of the pediatric population (birth through high school) as well as to adult head-injured populations. Her areas of expertise include working with children and teens with unintelligible speech, apraxia and oral-motor dysfunction, language-based learning difficulties, central auditory processing disorder, receptive and expressive language processing difficulties, and social communication needs.
After spending time as a speech-language pathologist in Santiago, Chile, Ms. Lewis began to include bilingual evaluation and therapy services and accent modification training at the corporate level in her practice. She then practiced primarily in New Mexico, a state with a culturally and linguistically diverse population. Through her work with the University of New Mexico Preschool and Infant Evaluation Team in the developmental assessment of young children, she has a unique perspective on the impact of cultural and linguistic factors on speech and language development. She has developed effective strategies for providing diagnostic and intervention services in areas of extremely limited resources.
Ms. Lewis now serves the monolingual Spanish-speaking population with communication disorders. She also works with her communication-assistance dog, Ruby. Ms. Lewis was invited by ASHA to write an article about her communication-assistance work with Ruby for the September 23, 2003, edition of the ASHA Leader. In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Lewis is a trainer of conflict resolution with teens.
Ms. Lewis co-authored the Khan-Lewis Phonological Analysis (KLPA), AGS Publishing, 1986. She is the co-author of the Khan-Lewis Phonological Assessment-Second Edition (KLPA-2), AGS Publishing, 2002. She is a frequent presenter lecturing nationally on phonological assessment, impaired speech production, and designing effective treatment plans. Ms. Lewis draws on her years of experience in public schools while presenting to primarily school-based speech-language pathologist relating to the challenges clinicians must manage in school settings.
Ms. Lewis holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida and a master of science degree from the University of Arizona. She completed a post-graduate fellowship in child development at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), holds an ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, and is a member of ASHA Special Interest Division 14 — Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations.