posted March, 24th 2014

Buffalo, NY – SLC Therapy of WNY founder Tami Treutlein, MA, CCC-SLP, was named local spokesperson for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) media awareness campaign “Identify The Signs,” a year-long public awareness and education initiative that began in September 2013.

In her role, Treutlein made guest appearances on several Rochester-area television shows to talk about the warning signs that indicate that a child may have a delay in communication, and what a parent can do about it.

“The signs of communication delay are different at different ages,” Treutlein said. “For example, a toddler saying only a few words by 18 months would be a concern. Or not putting two words together to form sentences by age two or even having trouble putting multiple words together. And then young children who are having difficulty playing or talking with other children.”

She added that there are other warning signs for children with untreated hearing loss. “A child might frequently misunderstand what people say or ask people to repeat what they say; listen to the TV or radio at high volume; or have trouble following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.”

Treutlein also gave advice on how to treat communication disorders.

“We really want the public to understand that communication disorders can be treated and the sooner they are detected, the better,” she said. “We know that children with communication disorders who receive services prior to age three have better outcomes than those receiving services after age five. We are also learning that a person’s quality of life can improve significantly with treatment.”

She added, “If someone suspects that a loved one has a communication disorder, then it’s really important that you seek help from an audiologist or a speech-language pathologist. These professionals can diagnose and treat the range of speech, language, and hearing disorders.”

The sponsor of the “Identify the Signs” program is The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 170,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

Treutlein, a licensed speech-language pathologist, has received the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists (CCC-SLP), the internationally recognized credential in the field.

SLC Therapy was founded in 2001 and provides Early Intervention, Preschool, and School Age therapy services in Erie, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties in upstate New York.

For more information, contact Tami Treutlein at or call (716) 580-3976.