Jan and Lynn met in 1995 at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) of the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) in Baltimore, Lynn as a staff clinician and Jan as an undergraduate student destined to be an SLP. Between then and 2002, Jan finished her undergraduate and graduate degrees and went to work as an SLP at CARD and Lynn became its Clinical, and then the Assistant, Director. In 2002, Lynn moved to Pennsylvania, and Jan to California. Lynn began a solo private practice near Philadelphia, working in schools and children’s homes, while Jan worked in a private practice on the west coast. In 2005 Jan moved to the Philadelphia area and they joined together to create MMTA. After stints in Blue Bell and Ft. Washington, MMTA settled in a lovely Tudor home in Ambler, PA, where it is today.
In the last 10 years, MMTA has grown from a staff of 2 (Jan and Lynn) to a clinical staff of 6 with a part-time office administrator. We have seen 100’s of children, teens, and young adults, have trained countless public and private school staff, have created innovative approaches in the evaluation and treatment of social language concerns, and have branched out to include the interests and specialties of our talented staff. These days, we are turning new attention towards publishing some of the evaluation and therapy techniques that work day in and day out here at MMTA.
People often ask us why we don’t hire more clinicians – the answer is simple and straightforward. We stay small so that we can really know our clients and their families, and so that we can regularly meet with and train our staff to maintain a level of expertise that is unmatched in our area. We hold weekly clinical meetings in which we review research and tackle clinical questions with our staff as a group, and there are separate supervisory meetings weekly to talk about clients and their needs. Each client has a case manager who writes goals and manages data from therapy and at least one other person on staff who knows the client’s goals well enough to work with that client. In addition to required continuing education, younger staff work with more seasoned staff to do outreach in the community. Everything we do is to make sure that our clients get highly skilled clinicians who care deeply about their clients.