Talk-DS is written by Jennifer Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP a speech-language pathologist specializing in children with Down syndrome (DS). The aim of Talk-DS is to provide ideas, encouragement, and evidence-based information related to children with DS in the areas of communication and feeding.
A practicing speech-language pathologist since 2001, Jennifer joined the Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2005 to work exclusively with children with Down syndrome. Since then she has worked with hundreds of children with DS and their families.
Jennifer’s personal journey with DS started in 1988 with the birth of her sister April. April was the fourth child born to Susan and Jim who later adopted two additional sons, Jacob and Samuel, both born with DS. Jennifer and her husband, Dr. Peter Bekins, reside in Cincinnati with their two sons.
MS: Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2001
BA with Highest Honors: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1999
Certification: ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, 2001
Certification: Hanen Certified Clinician, 2006
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Member since 2001
- Hanen, “It Takes Two to Talk” Trained Clinician
- Board Member, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, 2013 – Present
Making a Difference Award Nominee. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 2016.
Professional of the Year. Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, December 2012.
Bekins, J. (2016). Communication Milestones. In Jacob, J. and Sikora, M. The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 108, 126, 149, 151.
Bekins, J, and Magaña, A. (2014). Point Counterpoint: Oral Motor Therapy. Down Syndrome World, 1 (1), 13 – 14.
Bekins, J. (2011). Dreams realized: the gift of Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Pregnancy
Bekins, J. (2009). Your child’s therapy: Weighing the options. Down Syndrome News, 2009; 32 (4): 60-61.
None of the advice given herein is a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a certified speech-language pathologist. Any ideas taken from Talk-DS should be discussed with your child’s treating therapist to ensure proper use. Due to licensing and privacy regulations I am unable to provide patient-specific advice.
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