Jan Mesaric M.S., CCC-SLP - Communication and Educational Specialist, Co-Director, MMTA
With more than 25 years of experience working with autistic individuals, Janice brings both research and clinical experience to her roles as a treating speech-language pathologist, clinical supervisor, personnel manager, and office overseer of MMTA.
Janice earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Loyola University in Baltimore, and began her career there at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. At KKI, Jan participated in research, multi-disciplinary evaluations, and individual therapy, taught in the Achievements Therapeutic Day Program, and lectured at the local and state level. She worked closely with a range of professionals, including psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral specialists.
In 2002, Janice moved to San Francisco, CA where she worked at SPEECH, Inc., a private pediatric speech-therapy practice, initially as a staff clinician, later as a clinical supervisor and the practice’s clinical specialist in autism, and eventually as the acting Assistant Director. There she provided direct therapy to a continuum of ages ranging from 12 months to 21 years and to a wide spectrum of neurological and genetic disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and 18P. In addition to direct therapy, Janice consulted to classrooms and was a member of many children’s therapeutic home teams where she worked closely with behavior therapists, early interventionists, and occupational therapists.
In July, 2005 Janice moved to the Philadelphia area to join forces with Lynn Medley to form MMTA. Here she specializes in working with children with dyspraxia, and engagement and social cognition skills in individuals ranging from toddlers through to young adults. Her passion is working with those individuals who clearly have something to say but haven’t yet found their voice.