KAREN PARDYJAK portrait
  • Associate Instructor, Communication Sciences & Disorders
801-581-6725

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Masters of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Biography

Karen graduated with a Masters of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996.  Since that time she has worked in several different states and in a variety of different service settings including the following:  In Arizona, Karen worked in a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary preschool program.  In New Mexico, Karen was employed by a private clinic providing services to developmentally delayed adults and children in the home as well as in both out and in patient habilitation facilities.  She sub-contracted with an agency to provide services to the birth to three population in northern New Mexico.  In this setting, she provided in home therapy as well as group therapy and coordinated therapy plans with family, case managers and other team members.  In Utah, Karen worked for two private clinics to provide intervention to the early childhood and school age populations.  In this setting, she worked to coordinate services with other agencies and disciplines.  Karen spent two years working on coursework and reaserch toward a doctoral degree at the University of Utah.  She has taught undergraduate classes and guest lectured at this university.  Since 2008, Karen has been working part time at the University of Utah Speech Language and Hearing Clinic as a clinical instructor.  Over the course of her career, Karen has developed a focus on working with young children with Autism as well as Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  Knowledge in these specialty areas is what she loves sharing with the graduate students.