Jill D’Braunstein, M.A.,CCC-SLP

Jill is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist practicing for over 20 years in and around Orange County. She has worked extensively in her private practice, private schools and non-public school system providing services for early intervention and beyond with children with genetic, neurological or developmental diagnosis. Her specialties include those with complex communication needs and use of Augmentative and Assistive Technology (AAC), literacy, reading comprehension, and social/pragmatics. She specializes in school IEP’s, 504 plans and student advocacy.

Jill is a strong proponent of professional development! She holds certificates including Stanley Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime therapy approach, Hanen-It takes Two to Talk (early intervention parent education), Certified Provider of Cog Med (cognitive brain training program), Slingerland Reading Program, Framing Your Thoughts (comprehension and writing), Lindamood-Bell Advanced workshops for LiPS, Seeing Stars and Visualizing to Verbalizing.

Finally, Jill is a member of the ASHA, International Dyslexia Association and USSAAC. Additionally, she is an assistive technology specialist and certified provider of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) program, a social skills program developed out of UCLA Semel Institute. She is also a practitioner of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Katelyn Henka, M.S., CCC-SLP

Katelyn is a licensed & ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and has been a part of the OC Development team for the past 7 years.  She has extensive experience and a passion for treating children with articulation and phonological disorders, expressive & receptive language disorders, and school-age stuttering, as well as in working with early pre-reading/reading development and dyslexia.  She has always loved working with children and helping others so the field of speech-language pathology was naturally a career that she gravitated towards.  She loves the opportunity it provides to make a difference in a child’s life every day that she comes to work. It is a truly unique and special part of being in this field.

She lives locally with her husband, Alek, and son, Carson, and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Amber Harper, M.S. CCC-SLP

Amber is a Speech-Language Pathologist that joined our team in 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in 2003 and earned her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University of Northridge in 2005.  Amber has 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and with a wide spectrum of individuals.  She has worked in children’s hospitals, acute rehabilitation centers, in private practice and early intervention. She has an extensive background in medical speech pathology and working with the medically fragile population.  Amber has completed training in Beckman Oral Motor techniques, Hanen “It Takes Two To Talk” and is a certified VitalStim provider. 

Amber fell in love with the field of speech pathology because she has a heart for serving others and felt this field would allow her to utilize that gift. She is passionate about working with her clients and their families to help them achieve their goals and maximize their potential.  Amber loves being a part of our OCDC family because of the opportunity for growth and collaboration provided by working with such an knowledgeable group of professionals.

Meghan Buchanan, M.S

Speech Language Pathology Clinical Fellow

Meghan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I was born and raised in Southern California and returned when I finished my degrees in Texas. During my time in graduate school I was able to truly discover my passion working with children with a variety of communication disorders. I have spent most of my clinical experience focusing on Language and Literacy in school aged children with expressive and receptive language disorders. I have also spent much time using AAC with students with autism as well as other developmental and intellectual diagnoses. My internship in a hospital also gave me a different perspective about all this field has to offer.  I love getting to know kids and being their biggest cheerleader in achieving educational success.

Kayli Buckingham

Hi, my name is Kayli Buckingham and I’m a Speech Language Pathology Assistant at OC Development Center. I graduated from Orange Coast College with my A.S degree in Speech Language Pathology Assisting. I have always enjoyed working with children and was drawn to helping children with special needs and developmental disabilities at a young age. I started babysitting when I was 16 and was given the opportunity to take care of a boy with Down syndrome. This is when I realized I wanted to start a career that involved children. I have also had the opportunity to work as a respite caregiver and a Behavioral Interventionist. This path eventually led me to becoming a SLPA. 

I was able to do my SLPA internship at Portola Hills Elementary School where I worked with general education students as well as moderate-severe special day class students. I have also had previous experience working in a private clinic. 

While working in the field, I have discovered a passion for working with early intervention clients and using play-based therapy. I enjoy being a part of the OCDC team because it has given me an opportunity to grow my expertise and provide practical therapy to clients. 

Dannelle Clinton, Office Administrator

We are beyond blessed to have Danny working with us!  She specializes in early intervention and was a preschool director for more than 9 years.  Danny keeps our lives and offices organized and up to date.  Her passion is kids.  Her gifts are many but she is compassionate, a phenomenal listener, and when she speaks–people listen.

In her free time she is a taxi to her two beautiful kids and loves any live music or sporting event.  She has a loving husband that supports her in all she does for those around her.

Jennifer Heredia, M.S., School Psychology

Jenny is a licensed school psychologist with years of experience in the elementary school system. She has served in hundreds of IEP’s working for the public school system. Her passion is in the areas of: emotional regulation, social cognition, and behavior management. She has a breadth of knowledge with regard to language-based learning disorders and their impact on the learning experience and social emotional struggles that often accompany them.

Jenny is highly experienced with social skills groups at all age levels.

In her free time, she loves to spend time with her fireman husband (when he is home) and her beautiful twin girls.