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Melissa Jakubowitz

Melissa Jakubowitz

Melissa Jakubowitz is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language and runs a telepractice consulting practice. She is an affiliate of Special Interest Group 1, Special Interest Group 11, Special Interest Group 16, and Special Interest Group 18, as well as an ACE Awardee

Why does Melissa participate in the ASHA Community?
​Having been a member of four SIGs for a long time, it helps me keep a pulse on what is going on in our profession. It also assists me in my telepractice business to understand what clinicians are thinking and be responsive to their clinical needs.

​If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Music is a secret passion of mine. As much as I enjoy listening to music, I would love to be able to learn to sing on key!

If you had a 60 second Super Bowl advertisement, what would you want to show a billion people?
Like the old Coca Cola commercial, I would like to teach the world to sing the praises of SLPs and that we work with clients on more than “speech” delays. I would show people that SLPs are the experts when it comes to language, voice, fluency, etc., that we work with both kids and adults and, that we assist people in maximizing their communication skills.

What is your best childhood memory?
At the end of 4th grade, my parents took us out of school a couple of weeks early to go on a cross country road trip. My mom, a teacher, made sure we hit all the historical spots along the way. We ended up at the World’s Fair in New York, which as amazing!

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