MORRISTOWN, NJ— How do you know if your child has a speech or language disorder?  What should you do if your child does?  

Morristown speech therapist Joanne Summer will be on hand at the Morristown & Morris Township Library on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to help to allay fears and explain possible tactics for children who are finding it difficult to communicate verbally. 

She will speak on the differences between speech and language, the types of language disorders, the types of speech fluencies and dysfluencies, and what steps a parent can take.  The presentation will also provide information on the nature of the services that are available through public and private schools and through private practitioners.

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Light refreshments will be served.  This program was made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of the Library.




Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech therapist in Morristown, NJ. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC., after spending 12 years treating school-aged children with speech and language disorders in the New Jersey public school system. 


Joanne has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production (articulation) and language skills.  Now in private practice, her clients also include younger children, as well as adults, and she also works with people of all ages who struggle to speak fluently.

Joanne graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.  After working in a variety of writing and editing jobs,  Joanne earned a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University.  She subsequently was certified as a speech language pathologist by the American Speech-Hearing Language Association (ASHA) and was awarded its Certificate of Clinical Competence.

In addition to her passionate love for articulation, Joanne has a very strong interest in fluency and fluency disorders, such as stuttering and cluttering. Joanne successfully completed a 29-hour course offered by the Stuttering Foundation, Treating Children and Adolescents Who Stutter. She is a member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders and ASHA’s Fluency Board. She has presented on stuttering to teachers and other speech therapists. She is currently pursuing board certification in fluency and fluency disorders.

Joanne has long been interested in clear communication and helping others achieve their potential to be the best communicators they can be. But it wasn’t until after becoming the mother of three children and watching how they developed language and speech that she become inspired to pursue a career in the field of speech language pathology.

In her spare time, Joanne enjoys reading, playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, exercising, cooking, theater and music.  She recently learned how to balance on and manipulate a stand up paddleboard, proving it is never too late to acquire new knowledge and skills