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Hope Hagerman, M.A. CF-SLP


Hope holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Arkansas where she was also captain of the UCA dance team and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University. Hope had heard wonderful things about KULA and was excited to join our team after graduation. She has a passion for children. She has always wanted to work with children and has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Personally, Hope has a passion for music. Going to concerts or listening to live music is one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoys reading, dancing, spending time with her family and friends, and working out. If she could have a superpower, she thinks it would be cool to be able to fly or be invisible.

Bethanie Johnson


Bethanie graduated from Harding University in May, 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in May, 2014, with a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders. Professionally, Bethanie is known for working with children, ages birth to six, who have mixed language delays. She loves incorporating toys in structured play activities to teach kids how to play in a functional way. Personally, Bethanie is passionate about her faith in God, her family and friends. She loves watching and playing sports – espically the Arkansas Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals! She also enjoys participating in church activities. If she could possess one super-human power, it would be super speed.

Daley Johnston


Daley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Central Arkansas in May, 2014. She then earned a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University in May, 2016. Daley is known for her passion for working with children. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, embroidery, reading and working out. She also likes to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. When asked what super-human power she would possess, if possible, she said she would like the ability to become invisible when convenient.

Daley has been trained in the Picture Exchange Communications System (PECS), which allows children who have little or no communication abilities a means of communicating non-verbally. Children using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. After intensive therapy, children can use PECS to communicate a request, a thought, or anything that can reasonably be displayed or symbolized on a picture card. Additionally, Daley has been trained in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). LAMP is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles. The goal is to give individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves in any setting. LAMP focuses on giving the individual independent access to vocabulary on voice output Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices that use consistent motor plans for accessing vocabulary.

Katherine Melson, M.A., CF-SLP


Katherine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Ouachita Baptist University and a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisianna Tech University. She loves working with children to identify their needs. She also likes to discover a child’s interests to help motivate them so they can thrive in their environment. She is passionate about helping individuals gain as much independence as they can through their speech. In her free time, Katherine loves sewing, playing piano, crafting, restoring furniture, and caring for others. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. Katherine participates in local church activities. If she had one superpower, it would be time travel so she could experience different times in history. She is certified in Lively Letters and is working towards her PECS certification.

Hope Hagerman, M.A. CF-SLP


Hope holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Arkansas where she was also captain of the UCA dance team and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University. Hope had heard wonderful things about KULA and was excited to join our team after graduation. She has a passion for children. She has always wanted to work with children and has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Personally, Hope has a passion for music. Going to concerts or listening to live music is one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoys reading, dancing, spending time with her family and friends, and working out. If she could have a superpower, she thinks it would be cool to be able to fly or be invisible.

Bethanie Johnson


Bethanie graduated from Harding University in May, 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in May, 2014, with a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders. Professionally, Bethanie is known for working with children, ages birth to six, who have mixed language delays. She loves incorporating toys in structured play activities to teach kids how to play in a functional way. Personally, Bethanie is passionate about her faith in God, her family and friends. She loves watching and playing sports – espically the Arkansas Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals! She also enjoys participating in church activities. If she could possess one super-human power, it would be super speed.

Daley Johnston


Daley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Central Arkansas in May, 2014. She then earned a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University in May, 2016. Daley is known for her passion for working with children. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, embroidery, reading and working out. She also likes to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. When asked what super-human power she would possess, if possible, she said she would like the ability to become invisible when convenient.

Daley has been trained in the Picture Exchange Communications System (PECS), which allows children who have little or no communication abilities a means of communicating non-verbally. Children using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. After intensive therapy, children can use PECS to communicate a request, a thought, or anything that can reasonably be displayed or symbolized on a picture card. Additionally, Daley has been trained in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). LAMP is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles. The goal is to give individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves in any setting. LAMP focuses on giving the individual independent access to vocabulary on voice output Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices that use consistent motor plans for accessing vocabulary.

Katherine Melson, M.A., CF-SLP


Katherine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Ouachita Baptist University and a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisianna Tech University. She loves working with children to identify their needs. She also likes to discover a child’s interests to help motivate them so they can thrive in their environment. She is passionate about helping individuals gain as much independence as they can through their speech. In her free time, Katherine loves sewing, playing piano, crafting, restoring furniture, and caring for others. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. Katherine participates in local church activities. If she had one superpower, it would be time travel so she could experience different times in history. She is certified in Lively Letters and is working towards her PECS certification.

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