Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with children and teens on all areas of expressive and receptive communication including articulation, language, social communication and feeding/swallowing difficulties. Areas of expertise include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, hearing impairments, early intervention, narrative discourse, oral-motor/speech challenges, bilingual learners, stuttering and voice disorders.
Hilda Man, MS
Hilda grew up in Los Angeles but moved to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University where she received her Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders. After graduate school, she stayed in the Bay Area working as a speech and language pathologist in various settings, including public and private schools, Head Start, and a private practice office. She has supervised student teachers and taught a graduate class at San Jose State University. She guest speaks at universities, school districts, and professional organizations throughout the Bay Area.
Hilda is a logophile. She enjoys learning new words and playing word games. She finds tremendous joy in sharing this passion for words with her students. She knows she has succeeded when her students profess that their new best friend is the thesaurus! In addition to words, Hilda loves speed. She drives fast, rides a Ducati, and slalom water skis.
Tara Rooney, MA
Tara provides speech-language assessment and treatment for children and their families. She specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum disorder, language challenges and developmental disabilities. She discovered her passion for working with children with special needs while volunteering at an adaptive summer camp in high school. She believes strongly in family centered care and feels that each child has his or her unique set of gifts and ways of communicating. Prior to joining the Children’s Health Council, she worked in the Early Intervention Department at Boston Children’s Hospital where she was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellow. Tara has experience supervising speech language-pathology students and has worked in the private practice setting.
She is originally from Seattle, but calls the Bay Area home. She loves to run, cycle, learn languages and play with her Labrador puppy, Seamus.
Education and Degrees
- M.A., Northwestern University, Speech-Language Pathology
- B.S., Santa Clara University, Psychology
- American Speech-Language Association
- California Board of Speech-Language Pathology
- Hanen Certified: It Takes Two to Talk Program