Clinical Instructor, Communication Sciences & Pediatrics
Ph.D., Speech Language Pathology 1993
Case Western Reserve University
Ekelman began her career working at Rainbow Babies and Children's
Hospital for ten years in the Department of Pediatric Neurology.
She earned extensive experience working with children with developmental
verbal apraxia, language-learning disabilities, autistic spectrum
disorder (hyperplexia), acquired brain lesions, congenital heart
disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She
left Rainbow Babies to complete her Ph. D. at Case
. Upon completion of her
doctorate, she began a private practice which focuses on evaluating
school-aged children with learning difficulties and determining
the underlying etiology for the learning problem. Dr. Ekelman's
research activity includes a three year study in the Shaker
District in collaboration
with Suzanne Fitzpatrick looking at the effects of directed
phonological processing instruction and vocabulary development
within the kindergarten curriculum on early reading skills.
Dr. Ekelman teaching Speech Language Pathology in Educational
settings and oversees the Teacher Licensure program.