ABOUT US

Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, is a full service speech-language pathology practice serving children who have speech and language difficulties and people of all ages who exhibit difficulty with fluent speech.  Established by Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, an experienced speech therapist with specializations in fluency disorders and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Well Spoken’s mission is to provide exemplary assessment and treatment in a dignified and compassionate manner.  We are an in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare.

Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in Manasquan, NJ.  She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years treating children with speech and language disorders in the New Jersey public school system.  

Through her private practice, the public schools and New  Jersey's Early Intervention program, Joanne has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production (articulation) and language skills.  She also has successfully treated many children, adolescents and young adults who stutter. In addition, she now provides orofacial myofunctional therapy services.

Joanne graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.  After working in a variety of writing and editing jobs, Joanne earned a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University.  She subsequently was certified as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Hearing Language Association (ASHA) and was awarded its Certificate of Clinical Competence.  

While working in the public schools, Joanne was among a select group of speech therapists from around the globe to be awarded scholarships to attend two 29-hour courses offered by The Stuttering Foundation: Treating Children and Adolescents Who Stutter and Using Cognitive Approaches with People Who Stutter.  To continue building her expertise in the area of fluency, she served on the professional staff at Camp Shout Out, which provided her with intensive hands-on training and experience working with children and adolescents who stutter.  She also has presented on stuttering to teachers and other speech therapists. 

More recently, Joanne successfully completed the 28-hour course Orofacial Myology—From Basics to Habituation.  As a result, she is now able to diagnose and treat tongue thrusts, post tongue-tie releases and other Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders.

Joanne is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association and of the Executive Board of the Morris County Speech and Hearing Association.  She also is a member of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology, International Fluency Association and ASHA's Special Interest Groups for fluency disorders and language learning and education. 

Since childhood, when she would edit her friends' letters, Joanne has been interested in clear communication and helping others become better communicators.  However, it wasn’t until after watching her three children develop language and speech that she became inspired to pursue a career in speech-language pathology.

In her spare time, Joanne enjoys reading, playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles (especially The New York Times' Sunday puzzle), exercising, cooking, theater, music and other cultural activities.  She recently learned how to balance on and manipulate a stand up paddleboard, proving it is never too late to acquire new knowledge and skills!

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