Mrs. Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP

Phone: 201-778-3588

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Degrees and Certifications:

Masters of the Arts , Speech Pathology Bachelor of the Arts, Communication Sciences and Disorders Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA NJ License NJLYS003053 Certified TalkTools Instructor Beckman Certified PROMPT Trained

Mrs. Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP

Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP is a Licensed Speech Pathologist with over 23 years of experience in the state of NJ. She is employed full time by the Ridgefield Board of Education and runs a private practice in Ridgefield, NJ. She has been elected NJ Kids Top Doctors in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Robyn specializes in Oral-Placement, feeding and myofunctional disorders in children. Her private practice focuses on Oral-Placement Disorders in children, particularly those with autism, or who have Tethering of Oral Tissues.  She conducts evaluations and Program Plans for children across the tri-state area. Her publications include, SMILE (Systematic Intervention for Lingual Elevation), Art Talk, Handy Handouts, OPTS Kit, and she co-authored Sensory Stix, A Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, and OPT Goals for Speech Clarity. She has also written several articles for the TalkTools® website, Ages and Stages and Advance Magazine for Speech Pathologists. As an expert in Tethering of Oral Tissues (ankyloglossia/tongue-tie/lip tie), Robyn  has been invited to speak in NYC with top TOTs surgeons and bodyworkers, and is an Ankyloglossia Bodyworker Preferred Provider. Robyn is currently penning a new text with Lori Overland on TOTs.

Robyn is a national and international lecturer for professional enhancement courses as part of TalkTools®  Speakers Bureau. She  teaches OPT, Feeding, Tongue Thrust , TOTs and Autism classes that have been offered for ASHA CEUs, and has been invited to speak on Oral Placement disorders by the New Milford Board of Education, The Apraxia Network, AAPPSPA , AOTA and the MOSAIC Foundation. She is actively involved in parental support groups for apraxia and autism, and monitors an interactive Oral Placement Discussion Board on Facebook. Robyn was a chief clinician in a research project for the Moebius Foundation, and trains Level 3 and 4 Talk Tools candidates.  Mrs. Walsh was featured in Conversations in Speech Pathology, an iTunes based podcast, and has presented at the ASHA convention on multiple occasions. She recently spoke at the ASHA Connect Conference 2016  and attended the 2016 ASHA Convention where she spoke on Self-Limited Diets in Children on the Autism Spectrum. Mrs. Walsh was also accepted for the ASHA 2017 conference for her research on assessing ankyloglossia in children.

Robyn received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Montclair State University, where she was later invited to be an adjunct/clinical supervisor. She also taught classes at Bergen Community College, and is a former clinical site coordinator for Seton Hall University. She currently is a clinical site supervisor for Malloy College. She is a member of ASHA, NJSHA, the NJEA, AAPPSPA and The Bergen County Apraxia Association.  She is the Board Chair of the Oral Motor Institute which was founded by Pamela Marshalla. She served on a term on the NJSHA Board of Directors and currently chairs the Private Practice committee and sits on the School Affairs Committee. 

Robyn has specialized training in Oral-Placement Disorders, feeding, apraxia, Applied Behavioral Analysis, autism, Myofunctional disorders, cranio-facial anomalies, TOTs, Beckman Techniques and PROMPT. Robyn also has a specialized interest in integrative medicine and holistic healing.

Mrs. Walsh is married to Christopher Walsh and has a son Jaden. Her family has 2 cats named Pinky and Vader. The family enjoys trips to Disney, Star Wars Movies and day trips to NYC.  

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EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
 
"I believe the children are our future , teach them well and let them lead the way............." Whitney Houston
 
Robyn's educational philosophy is based on the ideology that all children are different, but yet all need to be treated the same........... with compassion and kindness. While a teacher can be a guide or a master, the apprentice who learns from that teacher will only do so if there is a mutual respect of learning style.
 
It is always the hope that the learner can someday become the teacher as well. This is when the true cycle of education is completed. Robyn has had the pleasure of some students who followed her path, and chose a career in speech pathology. What a great gift, when the apprentice becomes the master.
 
Years ago, when Robyn directed elementary school plays with various grades, she choreographed a number the the song "Hands" by Jewel. The lyrics read:
 
We'll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what's right
'Cause where there's a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing
 
 
This song was a perfect representation of many of the children Robyn works with who are non-verbal. If we treat education with character and respect, everything else can fall into place. These children do have a voice, but it is finding the right key to unlock it that takes time and patience.