Degrees and Certifications:
M.A. CCC-SLP Masters Degree, Speech-Language Hearing Sciences, University of MN Twin Cities Bachelors Degree, Communicative Disorders, Spanish, University of WI Madison Certificate in Assistive Technology, Bowling Green State University
Pronunciation: LOR-uh MARE-iss
Hello, I am one of the speech-language pathologists at Harding High School. This is my 10th year working in SPPS and my 1st year at Harding High School. When I am not at school, I like exploring the parks and trails of the Twin Cities with my husband and kids (ages 1 and 3).
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has problems with his or her voice or resonance.
Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written. Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. SLPs also provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders.