Katie L. Curra is the founder and president of Kids’ Language Center. She is an ASHA certified speech language pathologist working with children with communication disorders for over 20 years. Katie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in speech language pathology at Towson University in Baltimore Maryland in 1999 and received her Master of Science degree in speech language pathology from Loyola College in Maryland in 2001.
It was in Katie’s third year of college when she began working with twin boys diagnosed with autism in their home based, Lovaas inspired, ABA program and found her true calling. She was driven to understand children with autism and help them to communicate. She was captivated by the family’s devotion and understood that she was meant to make this her life’s work.
From there, Katie was introduced to and worked with many families needing help in their home-based ABA programs. In particular, Katie was trained by Rutgers University to implement specific ABA programs as well as a picture exchange communication system (PECS) to a very dear young boy named Alex. She worked with Alex and his family for the next 4 years while she completed her formal education. It was with this family that she gained a deeper appreciation for a family’s struggle and unending devotion as she watched them try to help their child in any and every way they could.
During this time, Katie traveled to California to meet Dr. Michael Goldberg, founder of NIDS (Neuro-Immune Dysfunction Syndromes). Please visit www.neuroimmunedr.com to read about Dr. Goldberg’s stance on autism causes and treatment. At a time when dietary interventions were considered uncommon and somewhat outlandish, Katie took advantage of the opportunity to meet Dr. Goldberg in order to learn more about looking at children on the spectrum from a more holistic view and continues to implement this view in her practice today.
While working on her master’s, Katie worked in an inner city elementary school in Baltimore as a speech teacher, learning to work with varied diagnoses as well as families of economic diversity and hardship.
Upon completing her master’s degree, Katie relocated to Greenwich, CT where she began practicing speech language pathology full time at North Mianus Elementary School within the Greenwich public school system. She also became an independent contractor with ABILIS (formerly ARC) birth to three, continuing for 5 years to work with children of various ages and communication disorders.
In 2006, Katie started a home-based private practice, and in 2009 she founded Kids’ Language Center. Katie has presented to parents and professionals throughout the community on communication disorders, interventions, and individualized education plans (IEP). She is well known in Greenwich and Stamford for her comprehensive evaluations, innovative treatment strategies, and warm heart.
Above all, Katie does nothing before putting the best interest of your child first.