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Mark Temenak, MS CCC-SLP B/L
Mark Temenak, MS CCC-SLP B/L
speech-therapist

Languages:

English, Spanish
  • Education
Utah State University
Bachelors of Science in Speech Language Pathology
Northwestern University
Bachelors of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning
  • Interests
  • Multilingualism, Multiculturalism, Language Development, Sociolinguistics and Social Language, Articulation
  • Specialization
  • Certified Bilingual English Spanish Special Education
  • Areas of Expertise
  • Accent Modification,Apraxia of Speech,Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC),Bilingualism,Developmental Disorders,Fluency/Fluency Disorders,Language Disorders,Phonological Disorders,Resonance Disorders,Feeding and Swallowing,Voice Disorders
  • How can I help your child succeed?

My journey as a speech pathologist started before I could remember as I have dealt with a fluency disorder, a “stutter” as it is more commonly known, for a majority of my life. I never understood why I had a communication difference compared to everyone else, but it did not stop me from eventually developing a love for languages and communicating with other cultures through travel. This passion for communication took me to get a masters degree in applied linguistics which allowed me to teach English in South Korea as well in a variety of settings in the United States (Roosevelt University, La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and non-profit organizations to name a few). However, my stutter was with me all this time, and many people were surprised to find out that I had one after I brought it up. They then asked if I ever had speech therapy, but I never did. I realized that I could help other individuals who have dysfluency issues or other communicative disorders through becoming a speech pathologist. After switching careers, I am so glad to have made an impact in the lives of so many individuals from the very young to the very old, and my own personal experience has developed a sense of empathy for certain situations clients might find themselves in. I look forward to helping in any way that I can as a trained speech language pathologist.

I also have many other interests outside of speech language pathology. I greatly enjoy watching (go Manchester United and Barcelona!) and playing soccer since I started when I was 7 years old. I’ve traveled to and have lived in a variety of countries. I like spending time with my family and my daughter. I also love studying languages and different cultures. I speak Spanish, functional French, functional Portuguese, and a little bit of a mix of others (Korean, Polish, Italian, and Latin for fun).

  • What are parents saying?

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!