Theresa Bartolotta, PhD, CCC-SLP has been a speech-language pathologist for over thirty years. She specializes in working with children with complex communication needs, including autism, Down syndrome, and Rett syndrome. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences with a specialization in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University, an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a BS in Speech from Mercy College. Theresa holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a licensed speech-language pathologist in New Jersey and Georgia. Theresa teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in speech-language pathology. She is part of an international group of grant-funded researchers who are developing guidelines for assessment and intervention of communication in Rett syndrome. She presents on the local, national and international levels on several topics.