About ABCLLD

The American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders (ABCLLD) is a nonprofit Board recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 2000 as having oversight of Specialty Certification in the area of child language. Board Certified Specialists represent a cross section of our profession, including those who are in private practice or business; in school, medical, or university settings; and are from geographical areas across the U.S.

Board Members are speech-language pathologists who volunteer their time to oversee policies, procedures, and the Board Certification program. The ABCLLD is the only entity that can provide Board Certification of professionals who demonstrate excellence in their knowledge, skills, experience, and leadership in child language.

Our five-year goals are to increase and improve our outreach to the public so families and Specialists can connect. We will continue to provide other benefits for Specialists, including advanced-level continuing education courses.

The ABCLLD recognizes:

  Advanced knowledge and skills

  Leadership and administration in child language

  Expertise in clinical services

Get to Know the Board Members

Linda R. Schreiber

MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Chair

Ruth Huntley Bahr

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Vice-Chair

Elizabeth P. Lucas

MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Treasurer-Secretary

Carol Westby

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Renewal Comm. Chair

Catherine H. Gottfred

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Diversity Recrt. Comm. Chair

Alisha P. Springle

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Marketing Comm. Chair

Jeannene M. Ward-Lonergan

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

CE Comm. Chair

Amanda & Jorge Vasquez

Consumer Member

Monica L. Ferguson

MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Historian/Past Chair
Invited Certification Comm. Chair

Ad Hoc Committee Members

Kathy L. Coufal

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Member, Invited Certification

Rachel Deol

Member, Marketing & Communications

Carolyn Ford

EdD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Member, Election Process

Michelle E. Garcia

MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Member, Marketing & Communications

Sonya Harris

MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Member, Diversity Recruitment

Ellen L. Jacobs

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Member, Illustrative Vignettes

Sue Ellen Krause

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, BCS-F

Member, Committee on Nominations

Judy K. Montgomery

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Member, Election Process
Member, Invited Certification

Sherry Sancibrian

MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Chair, Committee on Nominations
Member, Election Process

Trisha L. Self

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Member, Committee on Nominations

Katie Squires

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Member, Committee on Nominations