About Us

Children’s Therapy Specialists provides an evidence-based, individualized approach to help your child reach their fullest potential!

Tonya Schrader opened her private practice, Children’s Therapy Specialists, in 2007 and has more than 15 years of professional experience.  She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health.  She received her B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Minnesota State University – Moorhead.  She has worked with children birth to 18 years of age with multiple diagnoses in both clinical and educational settings. She enjoys working with children and their families to help each child reach their fullest potential. She believes that developing a genuine relationship with each child fosters self- motivation and progress. She has a particular interest in and experience with children who have auditory processing disorders, reading/phonological disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, apraxia of speech, sensory/oral-motor feeding disorders, global developmental delays, cleft lip/palate and various other diagnoses.  She is a certified Interactive Metronome provider and has extensive training in dyslexia, ADHD and auditory processing disorders.

Tonya continually expands her knowledge base by attending continuing education courses relevant to disorders that she is treating.

Recent continuing education coursework is listed below.

  • Expressive Phonological Impairment & the Development of Literacy – (Margot E. Kelman, Ph.D; CCC-SLP)
  • Resonance Disorders & Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: Simple Low-Tech & No-Tech Procedures for Evaluation & Treatment (Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D;CCC-SLP)
  • Development of Phonological Awareness Skill ( Linda R. Schreiber, M.S. CCC-SLP)
  • Cleft Palate & Oropharyngeal Anomalies: Effects on Speech & Specific Treatment Protocols (Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP)
  • Cleft Palate & Resonance Disorders Conference (Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP)
  • Social Thinking Across the Home & the School Day –(Kari Palmer, M.A. –CCC)
  • Feeding Therapy for Infants & Children – (Cheri Fraker, M.S. CCC-SLP & Laura Walbert, M.S. CCC-SLP)
  • Highly Effective Strategies to Support Students with Reading & Communication Deficits –(Jane Coolidge, M.A. CCC-SLP)
  • Meta- linguistic Spelling Instruction (Jan Wasowicz, Ph.D. CCC-SLP)
  • Interactive Metronome Certification Course
  • Interactive Metronome: Pediatric Best Practices
  • Seeing Stars: Symbol Imagery for Phonemic Awareness; Sight Words and Spelling (Lindamood-Bell)
  • Powerful Strategies to Teach Vocabulary: 75 Effective Ways that Really Work (Patricia Sanford, M.S. CCC-SLP)
  • Diagnosing, Managing and Treating Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Training Auditory Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities (Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP)
  • Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust Level 1 Course (Sandra Holtzman, M.S. CCC-SLP, C.O.M.)
  • Creative Treatment for Children Who Stutter: Community –Centered Assessment & Intervention and Risk Factors for Young Children who Stutter (Craig Coleman, M.A. CCC-SLP, BCS-FD)
  • Language & Literacy Concerns in School-Age Children with ASD (Tina Veale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP)
  • Multidimensional Goals & Objectives for Children Who Stutter (Charles Healey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS –FD)
  • Treatment to Improve Timing and Synchronization of Critical Neural Networks for Speech, Language, and Cognitive- Communicative Abilities (Amy Vega, M.S. CCC-SLP)
  • Incorporating Phonemic & Phonological Awareness in Speech Therapy (Amy Skinder- Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP)
  • Speech & Literacy: The Connection and the Relevance to Clinical Practice (Jonathon Preston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP)
  • Identifying School-Age Children At-Risk for Literacy Difficulties (Angela Anthony, Ph.D., CCC-SLP)
  • Prevention of Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development Problems (Diane Bahr, M.S. CCC-SLP, CIMI)
  • Dyslexia, ADHD, and Executive Functions (Paula Moraine, M.Ed.)