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Last modified: August 5, 2021

Karynn Sheranian

KaRynn Sheranian, MS, CCC-SLP

Welcome! My name is KaRynn Sheranian and I am one of the Speech Language Pathologists at Sunrise Preschool.

I am excited to begin a new school year and hope that your family is excited too!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions or concerns about your child’s speech and language. Email is generally the quickest way to contact me during the school day (see contact information below).

About KaRynn

How do you say her name? KaRynn is pronounced the same as Corrinne! I was named after someone who spelled their name this way. And yes! There’s a capital R in the middle of my name!

Is she new to the District? I moved to Provo, UT from Los Angeles, CA a few years ago. where I was working in a pediatric private practice with early intervention and elementary-aged children with a variety of language disorders including: developmental delays, Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, fluency disorders, medically fragile children, articulation/phonological disorders, and auditory processing disorders.

Where is she from? I grew up in Los Angeles, CA right near UCLA! Go Bruins! (Also, Go Dodgers!)

Where did she go to school? I attended Brigham Young University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I then moved to Boston where I attended Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP) to complete my Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Literacy. My practicum experiences included acute care inpatient rehabilitation, elementary education, and the IHP Speech, Language, and Literacy Clinic. I completed additional coursework, research, and placements in literacy, working with children and adults with reading disorders.

Is she certified? Yes! I am licensed by the Utah State Board of Education to practice as a SLP and have my Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

What are some of her favorite things? I love my nieces and nephew, baseball, taco trucks, the color purple, reading books no one else reads (I’m currently reading “American Sherlock” by Kate Winkler Dawson), trying out new recipes (e.g. mochi), and exploring U.S. cities!

What is Speech Therapy?

If you have a child receiving speech services, what does that mean?  This means that your student has been evaluated by a Speech-Language Pathologist and a teacher, and that you as a parent have participated in an eligibility meeting which has determined that your child has communication difficulties severe enough to impact their academic or social learning.

What kind of communication difficulties are there? Articulation/Phonological: Problems in this area would include difficulty understanding your child’s speech or language. Maybe they can’t pronounce any words with /k/. Maybe when they talk, only family can understand what they are saying, but you are often interpreting when unfamiliar adult listeners can’t understand your child.

Expressive Language: Problems in this area would make it difficulty for your child to clearly tell you information and express their wants and needs. Maybe they point, grunt, and pull you towards the object they desire instead of using vocabulary. Maybe they are using single words to communicate but are resistant to using short 2-4 word phrases or sentences.

Receptive Language: Problems in this are would make it difficult to follow directions or understand information. Maybe they have difficulty following simple daily routines at home. Maybe they have difficulty following 1-step directions without pairing it with gestures or repetition.

Pragmatics: Problems in this area would affect the child’s ability to work in groups, play with friends or understand conversation. Maybe they prefer to play by themselves and never seek peer interaction at the park or with siblings. Maybe they have difficulty understanding that conversation goes back and forth between two communication partners.

What does speech therapy look like? Depending on your child’s communication area of concern, each SLP will address these concerns in the least restrictive environment with specific and measurable goals.

Resources

Late Talkers

Is My Child a Late Talker? – Article written by the Hanen Centre (specialists and researchers of language development in late talkers)

Target Word Program (Hanen)

Late Talkers Language Techniques

Screen Time – Article about how screen time affects language development.

Using Sign Language for Late Talkers

Autism

Does your child have Autism?

Autism Family Resources (Autism Speaks Utah)

Utah Parent Center

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Other

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Stuttering Resources

Ages of Customary Speech Sound Development

Contact Info

Email: karynns@provo.edu

Phone: 801-374-4915 ext 3008