Lea Lanier, Owner

EdS, CCC-Speech-Language Pathologist

Lea has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 2001.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Georgia and her master’s degree from Valdosta State University, both in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked in the public school system, as well as hospital and rehab settings, where she provided services to adults and children from preschool through high school for a variety of communication disorders including articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia, fluency, voice, and language disorders. Lea has extensive experience working with children with autism and she collaborated with and received training from ABA therapists, special education teachers, and occupational therapists in how to best serve children with autism spectrum disorder.Lea is a Hanen certified instructor of the More Than Words program for families who have children with autism. She has received training in PROMPT and Nancy Kaufmann’s techniques for treating children with apraxia. She has received training in sensory approaches to feeding from Lori Overland and Melanie Potock, in oral motor based articulation treatment from Charlotte Boshart, in F.A.S.T. fluency/stuttering treatment from Tim Mackesey, CCC-SLP/BRSFD, in apraxia treatment from David Hammer, and in early speech and language development and building verbal imitation in toddlers from Laura Mize. Lea is also trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology. In addition, Lea earned the ASHA ACE Award for exceeding continuing education requirements. Lea joined The Therapy SPOT in 2010 and knew without a doubt that she had found her perfect work setting.  What better way to spend the day than playing and helping children make progress and achieve their goals!  She has a love of learning and reading and her goal is to continue to learn and grow as a therapist. Lea feels every child is special and that therapy should be fun! Lea and her husband Jason have two sons who keep her busy and smiling.