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three national awards

Dana M. Merritt, MS, CCC-SLP, IMT, is a graduate of the University of South Florida and has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1981. She was trained as a Vision Therapist in 1996. She has gained valuable experience from teaching K - 12th grade in a home-school setting and has developed her own phonics program called “A Time for Phonics.” Dana became a certified professional with Scientific Learning for Fast ForWord in March, 1997 and a certified Interactive Metronome in May, 2003. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association (FLASHA). She is also a member of the Jacksonville Area Speech Pathologist Association (JASPA.) She is experienced in the differential diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders due to developmental delay. She is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of auditory, visual and motor processing disorders.

Dana presents two workshops annually at the HERI conference for home school families, in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Rhino-Technology has the recording privileges at that Home School conference; they have previous years CDs of her various presentations for minimal cost. She has presented at FLASHA: “Learn About Visual Processing Disorders,” “Visual Processing Disorders in Children & Adults,” “How Visual Processing Skills Affect Speech-Language Learning Skills.” She has also presented at ASHA on the subject of Visual Processing Disorders.

Dana has presented nationally with Interactive Metronome on “Pushing the Envelope of IM with Children Under the Age of 6: Early Intervention.” Advance for Speech Language Pathologists has published two case studies showing the effectiveness of her Early Intervention Program: "Early Intervention Program Utilizing Interactive Metronome" and "Interactive Metronome: A Look into an SLP’s Tool Box."

Dana is the only Fast ForWord provider to have received three distinguished service awards from Scientific Learning Corporation. In, February, 2008 Dana was presented the Innovative Therapist Award by the nominating committee for the manner and speed in which her patients progressed through the Fast ForWord programs. Dana receiving the Innovative Award by Dr. Paula Tallal, at the national Visionary Conference 2008. In March, 2009, Dana was nominated and won the 4th Annual Pat Wilson Award at the national Visionary Conference 2009 for Fast ForWord private providers. This award is given each year to the private provider who continues the tradition of excellence in professional outreach and education, leadership skills, innovation and quality implementation that Dr. Pat Wilson was well known for. Nominations were submitted by parents of children who have completed Fast ForWord. In March, 2010, Dana was presented The Top Provider Award by Dr. Paula Tallal and Dr. Bill Jenkins. This award is presented to the private provider who has the largest number of individual Fast ForWord participants in a single year.

Merritt Speech & Learning specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders and processing disorders.

"The proper diagnosis is critical to remediation."

Merritt Speech & Learning
Dana M. Merritt, M.S. CCC-SLP, IMT

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