Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP
Founder and Co-Director
Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the founder and co-director of Little Engine Learning Center, located in Gilbert, AZ. Lynn received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from The Ohio State University. Lynn’s areas of expertise are with the treatment of childhood apraxia of speech, auditory processing disorders, related disorders and learning disabilities, as well as pragmatic language. She is the developer of The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program. In addition, Lynn has developed a family of iPad applications for apraxia, other speech & language delays, and educational apps.
She is also the owner/director of Foundations Developmental House, which is a Speech-Language and Learning clinic. Lynn is a nationally recognized Speech-Language Pathologist and speaker in the areas of apraxia and auditory processing disorders. She was the keynote speaker at the 2011 CASANA national convention. FDH has an educational affiliation with several state universities through their speech and hearing departments, and provides clinical supervision and practicum support for Master’s level and CFY clinicians.
Lynn is very passionate about the environment, animals, and is dedicated to providing a healthy space for children to grow and learn. She is a member of the Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce as well as the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Lynn is mother to two beautiful children! She enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling.
Brooke Ray M.Ed SpEd/ECRE/Interrelated
Brooke Ray, Little Engine Preschool Director and Fast ForWord Literacy coach, has served students with various disabilities and their families in many capacities over the years.
As the Director of Special Education and Related Resources/Services for all six campuses for the American Leadership Academy (ALA), she led growing teams of teachers and service providers through a successful state monitoring cycle with commendable results. Her knowledge of the purpose of special education, and her ability to implement services per individual needs provided her the opportunity to work with students, parents, service providers, attorneys, and advocates in efforts to provide programming and services for individuals to improve the overall quality of life. Ms. Ray was also credited with implementing the school’s first cohesive Response To Intervention (RTI) problem solving method for identifying and servicing students with educational disabilities as outlined in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Ms. Ray lived and worked in Santa Monica, CA in 2007-2008, where she was employed with Beautiful Minds, Center for Children with Autism. Ms. Ray was a contributing member of a concerted team of individuals and service providers who worked in the homes of children with Autism and their families. Her contributions as the behavioral therapist afforded children and families the ability to work on various goals for transitioning to preschool and beyond. Additionally, in the evenings, Ms. Ray worked for STAR education as a gymnastics instructor for various afterschool programs for children with and without disabilities. After relocating to Arizona in 2009, Brooke was a program planner and teacher for Huntington Learning Centers; she taught various diverse groups of individuals of all ages and abilities as well as taught SAT/ACT preparatory courses.
Brooke is originally from south Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia (UGA), and completed her graduate studies at Valdosta State University (VSU). She received high recognitions of excellence in education from the departments of Special Education/Speech and Communication Disorders in 2005. Ms. Ray is a lifelong learner and a true advocate for individuals with exceptionalities and disabilities.