To help children and adults reach optimal performance across settings in a comfortable environment where they will feel encouraged, supported, and motivated for success. We provide consistent feedback to parents, caregivers and patients after each session and additional communication with other professionals as needed to create the most positive impact we can in the lives of our clients and their families.
A B O U T U S
Highly-experienced Speech-Language Pathologists Jodi Schechtman and Melissa Graham combined their individual practices in 2016 to form MJ Kidz, LLC adding co-owners Nicole Walsh and Laura Armbrust along the way. Located in Marlton, New Jersey, with satellite offices in Swedesboro, NJ and Audubon, NJ, our specialized practice assists individuals as young as eighteen months through adulthood with improving their communication skills and social interactions by engaging in functional and motivating activities.
At MJ Kidz, we offer individual speech therapy sessions, as well as a variety of group services with emphasis on social communication. All of our group facilitators are certified Speech-Language Pathologists—highly trained professionals who are devoted to improving your child’s social and communication skills. We specialize in assisting children who have autism, ADHD, behavioral difficulties, and language impairments.
MEET THE OWNERS
Melissa Graham received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Temple University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from University of Maryland, College Park. Melissa is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of New Jersey. She has worked as a speech pathologist for Gloucester County Special Services School District providing school-based and home-based services from 2007-2012. In addition, Melissa served as a member of Child Study Teams and performed a variety of speech and language evaluations within school districts. Melissa also previously owned and operated a private practice based in Audubon, NJ. Melissa is trained in Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), The Listening Program, PROMPT and in Social Thinking© Level 1b.
Jodi is an ASHA board certified, licensed speech language pathologist with a masters degree in Speech Pathology. She has worked in otolaryngologist offices, hospitals, schools, early intervention and outpatient facilities. She has experience working with those who have Apraxia, language deficits, Articulation disorders, tongue thrusting difficulties as well as those diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorders, ADD, ADHD, Fragile X and Downs Syndrome. Cognitive Behavioral therapy has been a focus as well as pragmatic Language Disorders. With her training, Jodi has extensive experience working with children on the Autistic spectrum including those with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified) and Aspergers.
Through her position as the Autism Specialist in several districts, Jodi has a comprehensive knowledge of the K-12 Curriculum, as it relates to ASD. She was recognized as “Professional of the Year” from The Good Looking Foundation, a foundation supporting children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) and was recognized as a candidate to receive a Health Care Hero award from NJBIZ.
Jodi has been featured on Channel 6 for her SOS feeding program and has been featured as a national speaker through Lorman Education Series.
Nicole is an ASHA board certified Speech and Language Pathologist and co-owner of MJ Kidz. She graduated from George Washington University with her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Nicole has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Apraxia of Speech, Pragmatic Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Hearing Impairment, Auditory Processing Disorders, Executive Functioning Disorders, and Augmentative-Alternative Communication (ACC) needs. She has a passion for cultivating social skills and executive functioning skills in struggling children, adolescents, and adults. Nicole has attended workshops in selective mutism, PROMPT, PECS, Social Thinking© Level 1b, and Zones of Regulation. As a daughter of a speech-language specialist and a sister to a brother with moderate-severe Autism, Nicole exhibits a genuine passion for working with and improving the lives of those with communication needs.
Dr. Laura Armbrust is an ASHA board certified Speech and Language Pathologist and the newest co-owner of MJ Kidz. Laura is highly qualified in the evaluation and treatment of a full range of pediatric and adult speech, language, swallowing, voice and neurological needs. Laura graduated from the University of Rhode Island with her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, from Columbia University with her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and from Temple University with her Doctorate of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Working in both clinical and academic settings during the entirety of her doctoral program allowed for the seamless integration of peer reviewed research methodology into clinical practice. The result was the opportunity to deliver effective, theoretically grounded treatment to thousands of patients. It is Laura’s goal to continue to bridge gaps between academia, clinical practitioners and society through her work at MJ Kidz. She strives to apply her advanced knowledge base and deep understanding of conceptual frameworks guiding researched based clinical strategies in order to provide the highest level of health care.