Special Education and Therapy Support

Allison Ackerman

Position title: WECP Speech & Language Therapist

Hello! I’m Allison Ackerman, the speech therapist at WECP. I have been working with children for many years. Before I became a speech therapist, I was a high school teacher in the Peace Corps, a preschool teacher, an after-school coordinator and a case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters. As a speech therapist, I spent many years working with babies and toddlers in the Birth to Three program and then with premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Meriter. I am very excited to be back at a preschool with my favorite age group! I also do communication and feeding evaluations for the newborn follow-up clinic at the Waisman Center and the American Family Children’s Hospital.

Jaclyn Bender, MS OTR/L

Position title: WECP Occupational Therapist

Jaclyn is an occupational therapist with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is passionate about listening to a family’s priorities and meeting them where they are at. She will assess a child’s participation in meaningful activities in their daily lives and provide recommendations related to the child and family’s needs at the time of the clinic visit. She frequently talks about self-care tasks including feeding and toileting, fine motor skills, and sensory processing differences. Jaclyn values and utilizes a team approach for best care for families.