Megan Ballantyne 1st Year Trainee - Speech Language Pathology




Megan Ballantyne is a 2nd year Speech-Language Pathology Master’s student in the University of Pittsburgh’s Communication Science and Disorders department. In 2016, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Communication Sciences.  Megan has had a number of experiences working as both a classroom assistant and personal aide for students with various disabilities, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, during summer programs. She worked with teachers and other aids to create lesson plans and work on IEP goals, while creating a supportive and positive environment for each of the students.  These experiences have shaped Megan’s interest and passion for working with children who have multiple disabilities.

Megan has also worked as a Craft Coordinator for a local special needs organization in her hometown. She organized and ran the craft station at the annual summer camp for adults with disabilities where she learned about the importance of team work and inclusion. Special care was taken to ensure that each activity was adapted to meet the needs of each of the campers.

Through her master’s program, Megan has completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including an early intervention program, a pediatric private practice, and a pediatric hospital.  She has worked with adults and children with a variety of diagnoses, including neurodevelopmental disorders. During these placements, Megan has learned about interdisciplinary practice and how to approach cases in a family-centered manner.

Megan is incredibly excited to be part of this year’s LEND training experience. Throughout her time in LEND, Megan hopes to increase the knowledge of communication processes for team members and to learn more about the various professions of fellow trainees. Through collaboration and learning, she hopes to develop the leadership and teamwork skills necessary to best serve both this year’s clinic families, as well as, clients she will encounter throughout her practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist.