About Julie Haas
Julie Haas got her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and went to graduate school at Kent State University. While at Kent, Julie gained valuable experience working at the Family Child Learning Center – a training and research collaborative program between Kent State and Akron Children’s Hospital. FCLC has been training developmental specialists and providing innovative services to young children with developmental disabilities since 1980.
After graduate school, Julie did her Clinical Fellowship Year in the Redbank Valley School District (through PA Intermediate Unit 6) before moving to Erie to take a position with the Gertrude A Barber Center, now the Barber National Institute. The experiences of working collaboratively with developmental specialists outside of her area of expertise has been a foundation for the holistic approach to language development and speech therapy that Julie has utilized throughout her career.
Julie left the Barber Center to work full-time in her private practice which she had opened on a part-time basis a few years earlier. Rather than isolating herself in a private practice bubble, Julie has remained active in the larger community. She has worked with school districts, nonprofit agencies and local youth sports leagues to further their causes. Julie has presented at both state and national conferences for speech therapy/language development as well as at a Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) conference.
For many years Julie was a member of the Erie Cleft Palate Institute, both as a volunteer clinician and as a member of their Board of Directors. This interdisciplinary team of talented professionals working together on a common cause is another example of Julie’s belief in community service and collaborative problem-solving for children experiencing complicated medical symptoms or conditions.
During her many years of professional work, Julie has acquired an expertise in many areas of speech therapy and language development. She has a vast knowledge of the early childhood language acquisition process. She is skilled at working with children who experience stuttering or fluency issues/concerns. She is accomplished in the traditional demands of speech pathologists – articulation disorders, phonological disorders and developmental delays in language.
Perhaps the greatest gift Julie brings to her clients is the ability to “see the whole picture”. As the world gets more complicated and people fixate on their “areas of expertise”, Julie is a rare exception who can “think outside the box” and help families and individuals figure out what strategy would work best for each individual child in her practice.
Julie’s office is located in the Bayview Office Park, just off of the Bayfront highway.