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Jill Motsett Maliszewski, MA CCC-SLP


Position:   President/Owner, Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:      BA - Communication Science and Disorders

                   MA - Communication Science and Disorders


PROMPT Bridging Trained  >  May 2015

TalkTools Advanced Level Oral Placement & Feeding Therapist (Level 3) > September 2018

Member International Association of Orofacial Myology > February 2022

Jacksonville University Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisory Board 2022-2023

Jill Motsett Maliszewski was born into a military family in Peoria, Illinois, and although she has lived many places, including Canada and Mexico, she and her family call Jacksonville home.  As a teenager, Jill babysat for a hearing impaired child; thus began her interest in the world of communication.  She received her BA in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University, and her MA  in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Central Florida


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Jill has dedicated greater than two decades to providing services to children with special needs.  She provides evaluation and treatment for a variety of speech/language and communication disorders.  Jill has experience working with children with hearing loss, autism, Down Syndrome, cleft palate, developmental delays, Apraxia of speech, auditory processing disorders, fluency disorders, oral motor/feeding issues as well as children with augmentative/alternative needs.  Her genuine love for serving the pediatric population continues to be her passion. Her training in apraxia is extensive and contributes to her success with treating childhood speech disorders. Her interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders is reflected in her desire to facilitate communication between children with Autism and their family members and peers. Her dedication to the speech pathology profession is sincere as Jill continues to provide mentoring and supervision to graduate students completing their clinical internships.

Most Recent Continuing Education and Specialty Training:

Make the Connection: Oral Myofunctional Disorders

Functional Treatment of TOTs (Tethered Oral Tissues)

The Functional Assessment of TOTs (Tethered Oral Tissues)

OMD Deconstructed: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

Treatment of Children with Feeding Problems and ASD: An Evidence-Based Treatment

The Exceptional Child: Empowered!

Achieving Volitional Control Over Phonation

A Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech and Related Motor Speech Disorders

Additional Education and Specialty Training:

  • Motor Coordination Disorders: Impact on Education

  • Practical Strategies, Interventions and Treatments for Sensory Processing Disorder in Children & Adolescents

  • Introduction to PROMPT: Technique

  • PROMPT - Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets

  • A Sensory-Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech and Related Motor Sppech Disorders

  • Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach

  • Understanding, Diagnosing & Treating ADHD 

  • Motor Coordination Disorders: Impcat on Education

  • Effective Neurological Management of Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills

  • Children Who Struggle to Speak: The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol

  • The Power of Play: Effective Play-Based Therapy and Early Intervention

  • Suspected Apraxia and Early Intervention

  • Asperger's Disorder and Autism: An Update on Understanding and Interventions

  • Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention

  • The Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges

  • Learn to Play the NDT way

  • Totally Treatment Expanded: Sensory Integration & D.I.R. Floortime

Meet our

Jennifer Cato, ITDS

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Position:   Infant Toddler Development Specialist

Degree:      M.Ed - Special Education

                    BS - Deaf Education


Jennifer Cato has served families as an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist in the state of Florida since 2009.  She has a Masters in Special Education from the University of Central Florida with a focus on infants/toddlers and families.  Jennifer has completed coursework in Infant and Family Mental Health.  Her focus on the family as a unit and the parent as the expert on their child makes her a passionate early interventionist.  Jennifer is fluent in both English and American Sign Language and is happy to support and serve Deaf adults as they navigate parenting a child with unique learning needs.                                       

Sarah Horne, OT 

Position:   Occupational Therapist

Degree:    BS - Occupational Therapy

Sarah Szymanski Horn has been working with children with special needs as an OT since 2014. She is a North Florida native, and mama to two little boys. She has lots of experience working with children of all ages with an autism diagnosis and has worked with newborns in a hospital setting. She has a Certified Lactation Counselor certification. She has been working exclusively within the early intervention population (children birth to 3 years old) since 2021.  Sarah loves working with families in their homes and empowering parents with the tools they need to feel confident in their everyday interactions with their children.

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Theresa Inman, ITDS

Position:   Infant/Toddler Development Specialist

Degree:    BA in Psychology
                 MA in Mental Health Counseling


Theresa Alexander Inman is an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with more than 10 years working with children and families. Theresa’s passion for making a difference in the lives of children and families shines through in her work and her expertise in behavior analysis and infant-toddler development makes her an invaluable resource for those looking to promote healthy development and improve communication and social skills in young children.                  


Continuing Education and Specialty Training

  • Autism Navigator JumpStart to Coaching in Everyday Activities

  • Autism Navigator How To Guide For Families

  • Social Communication Development in Infants and Toddlers

  • Examining Early Intervention Practices

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy

  • Play-based Interventions (Play Project) 

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Rachel Ritter, SLP

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Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:      MS - Communication Science and Disorders

Rachel Ritter graduated from Old Dominion University with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. She worked for 9 years in Virginia in early intervention and outpatient settings. Her passion lies with early intervention, she loves working with families to help their children make progress towards goals in their natural environment. Rachel has experience working with a variety of communication and feeding concerns and currently serves families in Northeastern Early Steps. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family hiking, camping, and going to Disney world.



Bernadette Smail, SLP

Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:    BS - Communication Science and Disorders

                 MS - Education/Communication Science and Disorders



Bernadette is a certified speech-language pathologist that has always enjoyed working with children. Born and raised in Virginia, she attained a B.S. from James Madison University and a graduate degree from Old Dominion University. She has been providing speech-language therapy services to children for over 14 years in a variety of settings (private practice/outpatient clinic, schools, early intervention/home visits). After marrying in August of 2015, she relocated with her husband to Jacksonville. In her spare time Bernadette enjoys going to the beach, reading and spending time with friends and family as much as possible!

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Gracie Stephens, SLP

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Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:    BA - Communication Science and Disorders

                 M.Ed. - Speech-Language Pathology


Gracie graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She continued her education at Valdosta State University earning her Masters of Education in Speech Language Pathology. Gracie has experience working in a private practice setting, pediatric hospital outpatient setting, public and private schools, and behavioral schools with ABA therapists. She has worked with children aged 0-18 years. She has experience working with early intervention, and a variety of diagnoses including: autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language delay/disorders, sensory processing disorder, pragmatic/social skill deficits, and down syndrome. In her free time, Gracie enjoys spending time  with family/friends, traveling, exercising, and community involvement. 

Nicholle Sturm, SLP

Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:    BS - Psychology

                 BA - Communication Science and Disorders

                 MS - Speech-Language Pathology

Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist with Play Works Therapies from 2011-2018

Speech Language Pathologist with Play Works Therapies 2018-Current. 


I was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. I moved to Saint Augustine, Florida with my husband in 2008.

We have 2 children ages 12 and 16. We live in Saint Johns and love spending time together camping, boating

and exploring new places. 


I always knew I wanted to work with kids so my first stop on my career path was with 0-3 population in early intervention with in-home services to our local community. After many years of working alongside speech language pathologists I pursued my bachelors of science degree and then my masters degree to become an SLP.  I love working with kids of all ages and currently service 4 different schools with Play Works Therapies ranging from 3 years old-18 years old between 2 catholic schools, a middle school and Jacksonville School for Autism.  

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