Mary N. Camarata, M.S., CCC-SLP

         Hello, I am Mary Camarata, a Speech Language Pathologist with more than 30 years experience in language, learning, and related behavior. As  a former Assistant Professor with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences my responsibilities included running treatment efficacy research in the areas of language, learning, and perception.  I coordinated the Child Language Intervention Program (CLIP), a nationally funded clinical research center in the area of child language and learning. My involvement with families of late talking children, along with my clinical and research experience, and collaboration with experts in the areas of child development and learning provided a natural avenue into my current endeavor. I specialize in mentoring families with late talking children, developing individualized support programs for families, homes, and classrooms, and providing direct clinical services to include diagnostic evaluation. I am also a founder of the Foundation for Families of Late-Talking Children, which for more than a decade has been disseminating and providing accurate and practical information to families. Prior to Vanderbilt, I held both clinical and research positions at University of California Santa Barbara, worked as a clinical supervisor at Pennsylvania State University, was employed by The ARC for early home and center-based services. My experience base involves individuals ranging in age from birth through high school, with a special focus on long-range support from early childhood through middle school. I am committed to disseminating the discoveries of sound research for the betterment of children and families and so I publish research in national journals (see Vita PDF) and present findings at national and international conferences. My dedication and delight is working with families, teachers, and children. I find the best outcomes occur for everyone when we work together, recognizing the individualism and dignity of each child, and the ways that our children bring joy to us and others.