Amanda Root (formerly Ihle) is the owner of the Bay Area Speech Pathology Studio, Inc. and has been a practicing speech and language pathologist for several years. She earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She then earned her Masters of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. while graduating with honors.
Since earning her degrees, Amanda has worked in a variety of clinical settings throughout the United States including: adult acute inpatient rehabilitation (Washington DC), outpatient pediatric rehabilitation (Washington DC), long-term care (South Boston, VA), public school settings (Houston, TX), early intervention (San Francisco), and in private practice. While greatly appreciating the experiences that each setting provided, Amanda discovered that she saw the most therapeutic gains and had the most fun when working closely with families to provide play-based therapy to pediatrics. Amanda has specialized training in working with students with auditory processing disorders and dyslexia. She is certified in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk Program as well as the Lidcombe Program for Childhood Stuttering. She provides office-based and community-based therapy. Amanda's favorite toys include Pop the Pig, Diggity Dog, Cariboo, and all Peaceable Kingdom games.
In her leisure time, Amanda enjoys running/hiking, traveling with her husband Matt, delicious brunch, and playing with her very naughty/overly-energetic Golden Retriever, Steve McQueen.