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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 US certified Speech-Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Sandy 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 earned her permanent Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) and is licensed in New York, Maryland, District of Columbia, North Carolina and Florida.

Sandy is owner of All about Speech, LLC, which provides contracted speech and language services to school-age children as mandated by the Department of Education. For over 20 years, Sandy has provided diagnostic and therapeutic services to wide-ranging populations, from early intervention to working with high school students as well as adults with developmental disabilities and residents of skilled nursing facilities/rehabilitation centers.

In July 2017, Sandy’s commitment for helping children and noticing the lack of resources for children with special needs living in impoverished communities prompted her to start Smiles for Speech, Inc (SFS) Sandy’s life mission is to help improve the lives of children in all communities by providing them with diagnostic and therapeutic treatment and educational materials while serving as a resource to families and communities where all children can live life at their full potential.

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

Dr. Alayna E. Townsend, PhD, CCC-SLP is a US certified speech language pathologist with a specialty in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Townsend is the Developmental Director of the US non-profit Smiles for Speech. She is currently the lead speech language 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 early diagnosis of children at-risk of ASD, early language development, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for children with ASD and emerging communication skills.

Dr. Townsend completed her postdoctoral clinical training through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Disorders (LEND) grant. She was trained at the Children’s Learning Institute’s Autism Center under the mentorship of pioneer child neurologist Dr. Pauline A. Filipek. Her postdoctoral training focused on the identification of early detectors of autism in infants. She received her doctoral degree in speech language pathology at Howard University. She earned her Master of Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati and her Bachelor of Science degree at Xavier University of Louisiana both in speech language pathology.

Dr. Townsend has participated in several service learning programs as a supervisor and a clinician. She has traveled to train graduate students as well as well as to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services in the Bahamas, Ecuador, St. Lucia, and Belize. She has collaboratively developed a learning abroad program for undergrad and graduate students at the University of Houston. 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 language pathologists and other special education 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. Corneta 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. She holds a current Certificate of Clinical Competence from the profession’s governing body, The American Speech- Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Corneta has served USA communities in every setting along the continuum of care, which included schools, hospitals, outpatient care/private clinics, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and skilled nursing facilities.

In 1999, Corneta founded her first private practice, Intercept Speech and Language, LLC, located in Inglewood, California to provide professional services with a personal touch to both children and adults. Later 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, she closed the Arizona location to pursue independent contractual opportunities in Arizona, California and beyond. Currently, Corneta’s transitional focus will incorporate contract and travel assignment services in the USA and abroad. e parallel with what I do. She believes in functional speech-language pathology and to live in alignment with values that she believes in which are: faith, service and happiness.


Cuba Team

 
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Irene Gutierrez, MS, CCC-SLP
Bilingual Spanish Translator

Irene Gutierrez is a very dedicated bilingual, speech-language pathologist originally from Bogota, Colombia. Irene provides bilingual speech therapy and Spanish translation services with her company Brainstorm consulting, LLC based in Falls Church, Virginia.  During her spare time, Irene loves to volunteer her spare time 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 in the Bronx, NY through All About Speech,LLC. 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 during the fall of her senior year 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.


Peru Team

 
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Ana Berrios, MS, CCC-SLP
Bilingual Spanish Coordinator

Ana is a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, born and raised in Puerto Rico and trained at the University of Puerto Rico. Her interest in working with culturally diverse people motivated her to move to New York City in 2014 where she currently specializes in Early Intervention. Prior to becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist,  Ana volunteered and taught a Spanish course for an NGO in Brazil for children at risk. She enjoys working with infants and toddlers and their families to support and enhance children’s developmental skills as well as parent education.

 
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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, with a pediatric private practice in Atlanta, GA, serving children, primarily with language disorders, and those on the autism spectrum. She has also served as a consultant to many private schools throughout Atlanta. Laurie provides workshops in family training as well as providing therapy to persons with mild to high level impairments in the areas of oral, written and auditory communication and cognitive behavior.  Her overall objective as a speech-language pathologist is to optimize an individual’s ability to communicate, thereby improving the quality of life. Laurie’s therapeutic experience includes language, articulation, oro-motor, auditory processing disorders, fluency, and improving reading and math skills.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Laurie has made Atlanta her home since 1981, and has more than 25 years experience in diagnosing and providing speech-language therapy. Laurie, who has two grown children of her own that support her international efforts to help children around the world. Laurie participated in her first mission with Smiles for Speech, in Peru. It was a wonderful experience and she is looking forward to more missions with Smiles for Speech.

 
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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, from early intervention to elders and everything in between. 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. Donalyn has had the honor of treating communication and swallowing disorders around the world. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, traveling, learning about different cultures, and participating in community events to help and support youth from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as their families.


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 her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2010 and her Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2014.

Jelisa has been working with children with and without 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. In 2018, she was published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis for improving the efficacy of computer-based training for teachers detecting events that cause challenging behavior.

Since the beginning of her career, Jelisa has been fiercely passionate for helping families of children that are considered at risk for disabilities or delinquency. This passion led her to create ABA Sensei, PLLC, a behavior management consulting company with the mission to bridge the gap between the community and access to resources by teaching families and educators how to improve behaviors and skill deficits while advocating for evidence- based interventions for all children. She is excited to fulfill her dream to work alongside Speech-Pathologists and take her much needed skills to help children with special needs around the world receive the services they desperately need.


Smiles for Speech in Action