About

My name is Ana-Maria Jaramillo and I am a board-certified bilingual pediatric integrative doctor of speech-language pathology (SLPD) with extensive experience providing speech-language therapy to children ages birth to 18. I am the owner and founder of Voz Speech Therapy, the only fully bilingual private speech therapy practice located in downtown Washington, DC. I am also proud to represent just 8% of speech-language pathologists that identify as Latinx, and just 6% of speech-language pathologists that identify as bilingual providers.

My clinical areas of specialty include working with multilingual children in early intervention, ages one to six years old, for conditions such as autism spectrum disorders, orofacial myofunctional disorders, oral-motor disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, social language impairments, and articulation disorders. I am also particularly fascinated by the assessment and intervention of ankyloglossia (i.e. tongue/lip ties).

During my career, I have practiced in public and private schools, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, pediatric hospitals, and child development centers, as well as private homes throughout Texas and the DC metropolitan region. Through my experience working in diverse and often challenging settings, I have developed a successful therapeutic model by directly collaborating with the most important individuals involved in a child’s development.

I am currently licensed by the Department of Health to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas. I graduated summa cum laude in 2022 with my Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and with my Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts in 2013. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Child Psychology and Sociology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. I currently serve as an adjunct professor at both The George Washington University (GWU) and New York University (NYU) where I teach a variety of courses related to multiculturalism in human communication, the assessment and intervention of multilingual learners with communication disorders, and pediatric language disorders. When I am not treating patients or teaching, I am actively recruiting students of color from local high schools and community colleges to join the field of speech-language pathology through my organization, DiverCity SLP.

My areas of interest regarding research include the intervention and assessment of multilingual individuals with a diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech, as well as examining the sociocultural barriers that Latinx caregivers face after receiving a diagnosis for their child (e.g. socioeconomic status, nativity, personal beliefs, knowledge of the disorder, threat of deportation and English proficiency). Another area of research I am interested in is examining early childhood development and the role of caregivers perceptions regarding bilingualism in homes where another language other than English is spoken and a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder has been made. The title of my culminating project I defended in March 2022 to receive my doctoral degree at Northwestern University was, “Voces: Using an evidence-based, culturally informed psychoeducation intervention for Latinx families of children with disabilities to increase health literacy, access to services, and outcomes in speech therapy.”

Check out some of my patient testimonials below:

Ana Maria is the best speech therapist ever. She helped my daughter tremendously with her speech, and in a short time. She is dedicated, very professional, and a wonderful person. I enjoyed listening to them during sessions (online due to the pandemic) and when face to face sessions were possible, I could see the dedication and care she would give to her patients. My daughter improved her speech in no time, and was delighted to attend to her sessions. Ana-Maria is also very resourceful and would engage the kids during the hour she would spend with them. I thoroughly recommend her, no questions asked! As I said before, she is the best speech therapist and an amazing person!

“Ana-Maria was absolutely wonderful to work with. We reached out to her based on a recommendation from a friend to evaluate our 5 year-old son whose speech at the time wasn’t clear. She quickly realized that he had a tongue tie and suggested that it may also be affecting not only his speech but his sleep and his aversion to many foods. We worked with Ana-Maria before and after our son’s surgery to release the tie and it was great. She helped us through the entire process and our son is doing great all around. I couldn’t have asked for a better therapist to not only work with our son but also to help us through the process. It has been a great experience working with Ana-Maria for me and my family, and I will highly recommend her for anyone that is looking for a great speech therapist.

“Ana-María es una excelente terapeuta del habla y ser humano. Su experiencia, pasión y capacidad para formar relaciones con niños y familias son de admirar. Nuestro hijo está en el espectro autista y adoró trabajar con ella, y demostró un progreso increíble en el hogar y en la escuela y en los 2 idiomas . Siempre le agradezco todo lo que hizo por mi hijo y recomiendo sus servicios a cualquier familia.

Advertisement