Samara Shalom M.S. CCC-SLP (Mrs. Sami) has been a speech language pathologist for over ten years. Mrs. Sami has children of her own and understands the importance of a caring professional. She truly cares about each and every child at SpeechLeap!
Samara is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Arkansas Department of Medical Sciences. She is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and is licensed to provide speech and language services in the state of Maryland by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Samara’s interest in speech and language disorders began as a little girl, watching her Speech-Language Pathologist Mom. Later in life, Samara’s passion for helping others helped launch her career as a successful Speech-Language Pathologist. Samara has experience treating clients from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. She has effectively treated children and young adults with a wide variety of challenges, including:
- Hodson’s Approach to Phonological Processes (unintelligibility)
- Language delays and disorders
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Down syndrome
- Talk Tools Provider
- Cerebral Palsy
- Literacy (Reading, Writing, and Spelling difficulties)
- Accent modification
- Feeding/Oral Motor therapy
- Certified Fast ForWord Provider
Mrs. Sami believes that everyone who needs speech treatment should be able to get it, no matter what his or her socio-economic background. That’s why Samara is her client’s greatest advocate. Whether working with teachers to incorporate assistive technology in the classroom, or fighting insurance companies to get her clients the services they need, Samara leaves no stone unturned when it comes to advocating for her clients.
Samara sees each client as a world unto him or herself, and believes that her role reaches far beyond the confines of each treatment session. That’s why Samara devotes time to coaching parents, networking with other professionals, and providing in-service training to teachers.
“I received speech services as a child, because of middle-ear fluid. I remember it as a happy place to be, and I try to re-create that for my clients.”
-Samara Shalom, M.S. CCC-SLP
Cicely Hobson is the Billing Specialist here at Speech Leap; she is responsible for private insurance remittance, creating invoices, and charging copays.Cicely first joined the Speech Leap team in 2018 and has thoroughly enjoyed working behind the scenes to meet the needs of our therapists and clients alike. From May 2019- May 2021, she served as Speech Leap’s Office Administrator, before moving back home to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, several hours from the clinic. In 2019, Cicely graduated from Towson University with her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. After spending some time in the workforce, she plans to continue her education to gain her graduate degree. Cicely loves working with children of all ages and abilities and has cared for them in a variety of settings, such as daycare, home, and summer camp. As a future healthcare professional, she hopes to devote her career to helping children grow to their fullest potential through the collaboration of parents, professionals, and disciplines. In her free time, Cicely enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking long walks with her dog, Benji, listening to music, and traveling.
-We are thrilled to welcome Cicely back to the Speech Leap team in this new role.