Functional Speech and Language Services

About Amy Karas, MS, CCC-SLP

Knowledge. Compassion. Dedication.

Background

In everything I do and with every client and family with whom I work, I bring knowledge, enthusiasm, compassion, and dedication to our appointments. I believe in developing compensatory strategies, backed by evidence-based practice.  As a strong advocate who provides supports and resources for long-term success, my goal is for all individuals to maximize independence and fulfill their greatest potential.

With more than 24 years of experience in evaluating and treating speech, language, cognitive, voice, swallowing and communication disorders, I have worked both in the private outpatient clinic setting, as well as home care and private practice.

 

Get in touch

I know that finding the right speech & language pathologist to assist you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why I offer free consultations to discuss your goals and walk you through the process.

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Experience

I am a frequent speaker at local colleges & universities, councils on aging, senior centers, as well as conferences such as the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIAMA) and various support groups, including aphasia groups and the Boston Acquired Brain Injury Group (BABIS).  I participate in frequent peer mentoring, and supervision of students and staff, as well as the Cognitive Panel for the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Chronic Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Brain Injury. 


Education

INSTITUTE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS - MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, 1996

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST
Bachelors of Science, Communication Science & Disorders, 1994


Certifications/Licenses

  • Licensed in Massachusetts

  • ASHA Certified

  • Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIS/T)


Testimonials

“JM had a stroke while visiting our expecting daughter in Boulder CO. Like most stroke victims we were devastated. Never expecting anything like this to happen, we had no idea on what to do next. When we returned home we met Amy Karas.  Amy was there to give us the emotional and practical support we needed. She quickly assessed JM’s situation in a very caring and empathetic manner [and diagnosed her] with Aphasia. Amy guided JM through early word pronunciation and recognition, providing continuous practical exercises. She gradually helped JM develop the confidence to deal with her community outside of the comfort of our home — going shopping, dining at restaurants, traveling, etc. 

 Through Amy’s guidance and continued support JM has made progress in her overall ability to communicate. Equally important, JM leaves every session being very positive and confident about herself and her abilities. She is energized to take on more and always has something to look forward to in the days ahead.  Amy provided the structure and framework for us to cope with our new lives, and she has become a valuable part of both of our lives - and we are very grateful for her being there.”

 -G & JM