Karen P. Guerra M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P. is a bilingual (Spanish/English) speech-language pathologist with 16 years of pediatric experience, mostly focusing on the evaluation and treatment of monolingual and bilingual children with varying speech-language disorders. Karen received her Master’s in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Florida State University and completed her clinical fellowship in a private practice in Miami, FL working mostly with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who were exposed to both English and Spanish.
In 2003, Karen relocated to Atlanta, GA to work for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in an outpatient rehabilitation facility serving the Hispanic/Latino community in Georgia. While at Children’s, Karen served on various committees, provided professional development in the areas of working with interpreters as well as on working with English Language Learners (ELLs), and was a team member in multidisciplinary clinic focusing on children with various developmental disabilities.
She was interviewed on her expertise in regards to bilingual children with ASD on CNN Español’s “En Familia” in March 2008 and March 2009 and on Univision in May 2012 on “Diagnosticando el Autismo en los Niños (Diagnosing Autism in Children)”. Karen continues to be interested in working with children with ASD who are exposed to 2 or more languages, working on helping to lower the age of diagnosis of ASD in Hispanic/Latino children, and in collaborating with other healthcare professionals on how to better serve culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
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