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Dr. Varnado completed her Bachelor's (1999) and Master's (2001) degree at Southeastern Louisiana University and her PhD from Louisiana State University (2015) in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has 14 years experience in the treatment of children with developmental disabilities in Livingston Parish Public Schools, at Children's Hospital of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests include treatments addressing speech breathing in children with cerebral palsy.
Chantelle B. Varnado, PhD, CCC-SLP
Danielle graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from LSUHSC in 2003. She has exclusively worked with the pediatric population for the past 13 years in both outpatient and home health settings. She has experience serving children with many different diagnosis, including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Sensory Modulation Disorder, Feeding Disorders, Hydrocephalus, and other neurological impairments. She has also served as a team member of the Infant, Child, and Family Center, which serves children birth to six years old, who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs.
Cheri earned her undergraduate degree at the Southeastern Louisiana University (1985) and holds a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Louisiana State University (1988). Cheri brings her 30 year experience working as a Speech Pathologist in the local school system to her current role at LAUNCH. For 15 years Cheri participated on the Child Search team conducting transdisciplinary diagnostic assessments for preschoolers. In her role as a clinician she has developed programs for children with developmental disabilities, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Apraxia, Articulation Disorders, Phonological Impairments, Fluency Disorders, and Receptive/Expressive Language Delays. Her experience in public schools allows her to assist parents during the transition into school programs, assist parents during the IEP process, and to collaborate with the child’s school-based clinician. Cheri has maintained her state license in Speech-Language Pathology is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds her national Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).
LAUNCH provides high-quality evidence-based practices conveniently located for the residents of Livingston Parish and surrounding areas. This enables children to participate in optimal therapy, academic, and family time.
Katelyn graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from ULM in 2009. She was a certified elementary educator for grades 1-5 from 2009-2011. She returned to ULM to pursue her associate degree in occupational therapy and graduated May 2012. She practiced in adult inpatient rehabilitation with various diagnoses such as traumatic brain injuries, cerebral vascular accidents, orthopedic injuries, and spinal chord injuries. She has also practiced in outpatient pediatric clinics, pre-schools, and Pat Walker’s Children’s House for Abused and Neglected children while a resident in Fayetteville, AR. She returned to Louisiana to pursue her master’s degree in occupational therapy and was a member of the first graduating class of master’s of occupational therapy from ULM in December 2015.
LAUNCH understands the needs of exceptional children and their families. With a complete staff of professionals and volunteers, we are here to provide support for the children and their caregivers through individual and group therapy services, parent support groups and religious education.
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Rebecca received her bachelor's degree (1998) and master's degree (2000) from Southeastern Louisiana University. She spent the firs six years of her career treating adult and geriatric populations, with a variety of communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders, in an acute care and inpatient rehabilitation setting. Rebecca has spent the last nine (+) years working with people who have intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. She enjoys advocating for her patients and helping them have the best quality of life possible.
Tara has held a variety of positions in the medical field including Basic Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assistant, and Insurance Coordinator. She worked in OB/GYN, ENT, and Pain Management prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom. In the 11 years since her son was born, she has spent much of her time advocating for her own children and their needs. This eventually led her to volunteer at Launch accepting a position as office manager.
Alakia received her bachelor’s degree (2013) and master’s degree (2016) from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her clinical experiences include speech, language, swallowing, and alternative technology. She brings expertise in serving patients with a variety of cognitive levels. She loves implementing new and creative activities in therapy to create novel experiences for her clients while targeting communication skills. She enjoys empowering patients to achieve effective communication skills in a variety of settings.
Alyssa received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 2015 and a master’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana in 2017. She has experience serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Fluency disorders, and voice disorders. She brings expertise in serving patients with in group settings. Her clinical experiences include speech, language, swallowing, and augmentative/alternative communication devices. Alyssa’s passion is to serve the pediatric population and she looks forwards to assisting each child to meet their full potential!
Bogey Varnado, Emotional Therapy
Bogey received his emotional support certification from the US Animal Registry in May of 2017. He has spent his time since earning his certification at Launch assisting in different therapy sessions. He is excited to start his new career at Launch!
Lauren received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary & Special Education (2013) and Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology (2017) from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. She has experience serving children with dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and swallowing impairments. Her clinical interests include infant feeding and swallowing, traumatic brain injuries, and dyslexia/reading disorders. Lauren strives to serve as an advocate for her clients and families by providing resources and education for carryover of skills in the home and community environments.