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Our Objectives

 
 
  • Distribute materials such as books, toys and games to expose children to new experiences and stimulate language development and self-expression.

  • Provide training and education for teachers and families to help children without access to therapeutic intervention or choose not institutionalize their child in order to receive services.

  • Create global awareness and educate society on the importance of therapeutic services (speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy) for children with special needs around the world.

  • Assist children living in disadvantaged communities that have not been accessed by larger operations.

  • Support increased cultural awareness in our collective society by learning and understanding various cultures through giving.

  • Connect and collaborate to other non-profits with similar objectives to expand knowledge and resources.

  • Become a resource to conscious travelers who want to make a difference through giving to underserved populations by including a mini-mission trip in their travels


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50%

of the world's school age

children with special needs are kept out of the classroom because little to no money is budgeted for their needs.

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1 in 10

children around the world

are currently living with a disability. 80% of these individuals live in a developing country.

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93

million kids around the world

from the ages of 14 or younger are living with a moderate or severe disability of some kind.

 
 

The term “disability” covers a wide range of the spectrum, including cognitive, physical, sensory, learning, speech or emotional challenges.


Our Team

 
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Sandy Dorsey, MA, CCC-SLP
founder

Sandy Dorsey is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She is the owner of All About Speech, LLC, a private practice based in New York City that offers speech-language services to school aged children with speech and language disorders. For over 20 years, Sandy has provided diagnostic and therapeutic services to wide-ranging populations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Sandy’s commitment for helping children with special needs prompted her to start Smiles for Speech, Inc. (SFS) in July, 2017 so that from disadvantaged backgrounds would have access to diagnostic and therapeutic services and to serve as a resource to families and the overall community. Sandy’s goal is to help improve the lives of children in impoverished countries in a sustainable manner so that they can express themselves and live life at their full potential.

 
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Dr. Alayna Townsend, PhD, CCC-SLP
development director

Alayna E. Townsend, PhD CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a specialty in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is currently the lead speech-pathologist and an interdisciplinary diagnostic team member at UT Physicians Center for Autism and Related Conditions (CARC). Dr. Townsend also serves as clinical educator and adjunct professor at the University of Houston. She has clinical expertise in the early diagnosis of children at-risk of ASD, early language development, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Dr. Townsend received her doctoral degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Howard University which was focused on the identification of early detectors of autism in infants. Dr. Townsend earned her Master of Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati and her Bachelor of Science degree at Xavier University of Louisiana. She has participated in several service learning programs in the Bahamas, Ecuador, St. Lucia, and Belize. Her goal is to improve the lives of children with special needs by creating long lasting relationships and sustainable services in countries with limited access to speech and language services.

 
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Corneta Kelley, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of Special Initiatives

Corneta Kelley is USA native, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Speech-Language Pathologist licensed in the states of Arizona and California. She attended the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma and Saint Louis University, earning two degrees, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders. Corneta founded Intercept Speech and Language, LLC, in 1999, in the city of Inglewood, California. In 2005, Corneta relocated the practice to join family and began serving the community of Sierra Vista, AZ building a network of Speech-Language Pathologists dedicated to providing the best resources, materials and supports for children and families. After 19 years in private practice, Corneta’s current focus will incorporate contract and travel assignment services in the USA and internationally. She has previously spent 19 days in Ghana and looks forward to continuing to travel abroad to serve children with special needs around the world.


Jamaica Team

 
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Olga Chmiela, MA, CCC-SLP
Occupational Therapy Consultant

Olga Chmiela is Canadian-trained Occupational Therapist currently working with the Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. She has experience working with an array of populations and in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation and working in the community with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Olga has experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Applied Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI) with children diagnosed with Autism and other complex mental health and/or developmental challenges. Olga is eager to embark on traveling opportunities to share her creativity and skill set with organizations that share her values.

 
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Jelisa Scott, MA, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst Advisor

Jelisa Scott is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2010 and a Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2014.

Jelisa has provided service to children special needs since 2008 and has gained experience providing in-home ABA services, parent training, classroom consultations, navigating ARD meetings, decreasing severe problem behavior, improving verbal behavior, and early child intervention. Jelisa’s passion for helping families of children that are considered at risk for disabilities or delinquency led her to create ABA Sensei, PLLC, a behavior management consulting company. She is excited to fulfill her dream to work alongside Speech Language Pathologists and take her much needed skills to help children with special needs around the world.


Peru Team

 
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Ana Berrios, MS, CCC-SLP
Bilingual Spanish Coordinator

Ana Berrios is a Speech-Language Pathologist working in Home-Based Early Intervention. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and received her Master of Science in Speech/ Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education from the University of Puerto Rico. Prior to becoming a Speech Pathologist, Ana volunteered and taught a Spanish course in a non-governmental organization in Brasil, which helps children at risk. Her interest in working with culturally diverse children motivated her to move to New York City in 2014. Ana enjoys working with infants and toddlers to support and enhance children’s developmental skills and providing parent education to families and caregivers. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

 
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Thanh Dinh, MA, OTR-L
Occupational Therapy Advisor

Thanh Dinh is a Canadian-trained Occupational Therapist currently working with geriatric rehabilitation. He received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in Canada at the University of Western Ontario. Thanh relocated to New York City in 2015 to begin his professional career, where he gained experience working with children and adults with physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities. He has a strong desire to help others while traveling and immersing himself in new cultures around the world.

 
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Laurie Botstein MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist/Family Training Specialist

Laurie Botstein, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and native of Brooklyn, New York. Laurie has more than 25 years experience in diagnosing and providing speech-language therapy and has a pediatric private practice in Atlanta, GA. Laurie provides workshops in family training as well as provides therapy to persons with mild to high level impairments in the areas of oral, written and auditory communication and cognitive behavior. Laurie’s therapeutic experience includes language, articulation, oro-motor, auditory processing disorders, fluency, and improving reading and math skills. She has also served as a consultant to many private schools throughout Atlanta. Laurie, who has two adult children of her own that support her international efforts to help children around the world.

 
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Donalyn Allen, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech- Language Pathologist

Donalyn Allen is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist from La Porte, Texas. After serving Texas school districts for three years, Donalyn decided to expand her horizons to become a traveling SLP. She provides speech and language services to individuals across the nation. Donalyn earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Stephen F. Austin State University in May 2015. Since that time, she has provided services to children and adults through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of dysphagia and speech/language disorders. Donalyn has a passion for helping children around the world and has joined non-profit organizations in developing countries such as Zambia, Uganda, and with Smiles for Speech in Peru.


Cuba Team

 
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Irene Gutierrez, MS, CCC-SLP
Bilingual Spanish Translator

Irene Gutierrez is a very dedicated bilingual, Speech-Language Pathologist and Myofunctional Therapist originally from Bogota, Colombia. Irene graduated in Speech -Language Pathology from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and second degree in Audiology from Corporación Universitaria Iberoamericana in Bogota, Colombia. She holds a Master in Speech- Language Pathology from Universitat de Vic in Barcelona, Spain. Irene provides Bilingual speech therapy and Spanish translation services with her company Brainstorm Consulting, LLC based in Falls Church, Virginia. She also consults and provides treatment in a clinic for children with Autism and an early intervention program serving families from all over Latin America. During her spare time, Irene loves to volunteer helping to support to children with special needs all around the world.

 
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Jendayi, MS, CF-SLP
Clinical Fellow

Jendayi is a Clinical Fellow based in New York City. She is currently working with school-aged children at a community Charter School. Jendayi provides speech and language services for children in grades 6-11 targeting literacy, writing, and articulation goals. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech- Pathology and Spanish at the University of Virginia. During her undergraduate studies, Jendayi spent six weeks in Ghent, Belgium, and Nijmegen, The Netherlands conducting AAC research with a team of colleagues under the supervision of Drs. Filip Loncke, Paul Corthals, and Judith Stoep. In addition to her travels to Belgium and The Netherlands. She also completed a semester-long homestay in Valencia, Spain. Jendayi continued her education at Teachers College, Columbia University where she received a Master of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences: Communication Sciences and Disorders-Bilingual Extension in Spanish. Jendayi enjoys writing and has shared many blog posts detailing the team's experiences in Havana, Cuba.


Our Partners 


Thank you for our generous donations from: