Mission Statement

To serve parents, educators, and health professionals in identifying young children who may be at risk for language and early learning disadvantages.

Our goal is for children to reach their academic potential through early identification of learning profiles, by educating parents, teachers, and health professionals about the whole child, and by appreciating that each of us has innate strengths to celebrate and weaknesses to bolster.


With a deeper understanding of each child’s learning profile, instruction and early intervention can be individualized to foster growth and academic success for every child.

Meet the Developers of WELL

Barbara Ekelman , Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Barbara Ekelman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist and learning specialist in private practice, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of M...

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Debra A. Dutka , M.A., CCC-SLP

Debra A. Dutka, M.A., CCC-SLP began her career at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center where she became Coordinator of the Pediatric Speech-Language Services Department and the Language-Learning Disabilities Program. She taught the preschool language and learning course in the Department of Communication S...

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