What Others Say About Us

Dr. Lauren A. Katz

"I am from Ohio and feel extremely lucky to have found Lauren Katz.  After a number of professional searches for help, I felt that Lauren was the first person that really understood my son.  It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my chest.  She was great with him during testing and was able to give us very specific recommendations for his school, therapy and at home.  Lauren was also kind enough to have a phone conversation with my son's Intervention Specialist; and thanks to that call, our school district has agreed to purchase a strong, research-based intervention reading program that she highly recommended.  She not only helped my son, but our entire school district.  Lauren  has been a great advocate in my many struggles to get a solid plan put in place for my son.  I can not say enough about how thankful I am to have found such a kind and thoughtful therapist who really cares about the future of my son." 

Parent of 8-year old student and 3LI client

"Lauren, thank you, again for all of your help. My husband and I left the meeting last night encouraged and feel that you've provided that missing piece to the puzzle we have sought after all these years. While there is a temptation to wish we had been able to do something, sooner, we are convinced that this is the right conclusion at the right time and move forward with anticipation. We so appreciate your sensitivity to the timing of our situation. Your efforts on our behalf—customer service, evaluation, conclusions and recommendations, and interaction with us—have been outstanding."

Parent of 17-year-student and 3LI client 

"Dear Lauren, Thank you so much for a fantastic workshop last night!...Those who were there truly appreciated your incredible knowledge, understanding of our learners, and practical ideas for tutoring. Your presentation of the clear link between assessment and instruction is particularly helpful, and something we've been trying to impress upon our tutors. You did such a masterful job of it that I'll be using your slides as a model as I prepare our August tutor workshops about the Common Core Standards, so I'm personally grateful because you've made my job much easier! Also thank you for the emphasis on Self-Discovery; we don't talk about it nearly often enough and your examples were perfect. Many thanks for sharing your expertise with WL [Washtenaw Literacy]."

Tutor, Mentor, Learning to Achieve Trainer; Washtenaw Literacy

"I have worked closely with Lauren Katz in clinical, research, and other professional contexts for over 10 years. She is a skilled professional who approaches her work with thorough dedication as well as impressive knowledge and skills. Her formal training and professional experience in the areas of typical and atypical language and learning processes is first-rate. She is also an excellent teacher in both one-on-one and group settings."

C. Addison Stone, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Michigan
Formerly, Professor and Director of the Learning Disabilities Clinic; Northwestern University

“I have referred pediatric patients to Lauren Katz for several years. Her evaluations and recommendations have always been professional, thoughtful and timely. Parents have always been impressed and appreciative of the time that was taken to thoroughly evaluate their children. As a parent, one of my children was evaluated by Dr. Katz. Personally, I found her to be compassionate and thorough. From the perspective of a pediatrician and a parent, I would highly recommend Dr. Katz to anyone who wants to have their child evaluated for language and literacy disorders.”

Ami J. Orr, MD
Findlay, Ohio

"Our relationship with Dr. Katz this past year was vital to the overall success of our program here at Aim High. From assessing the processing challenges of each individual student, to developing and implementing professional development training for our faculty, Dr. Katz was a tremendous asset to our team."

Michael Earls
Head of School, Aim High School

“Dr. Katz has almost 20 years of substantial experiences in providing empirically-grounded clinical services for children, adolescents, and college students with spoken and written (literacy) language disorders. She is known for her ability to think outside of the box and develop programs that target the exact services students require to move forward in their language and literacy skills.”

Kenn Apel, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; University of South Carolina

“I have known Dr. Lauren Katz for over 15 years. We have worked together as clinicians and as research collaborators, and she is among the heavy hitters in the field of language and literacy. On top of her expertise in reading and writing disorders, Dr. Katz is a gifted clinician. I have been particularly struck by her ability to connect with adolescents and young adults—they enjoy working with her and make progress as they do. The Ann Arbor community is lucky to have her and 3LI.”

Karen A. Fallon, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Towson University

"In the field of speech-language pathology, it is incredibly rare to find such an outstanding combination of intelligence, passion, creativity, and clinical intuition as one finds in Dr. Lauren Katz. Aside from her superior expertise in the areas of language and literacy, Dr. Katz goes above and beyond the typical standard of care to uniquely benefit each individual she serves. Her knowledge and experience, paired with a personal investment in accuracy of diagnosis, functionality of treatment, and excellence in care, exemplifies the positive impact that can be made by a speech-language pathologist. As a former student of Dr. Katz's, I have seen her transform the lives of many—including mine!"

Amy Lagzdins, MS, CCC-SLP
Former Graduate Student at Bowling Green State University (Class 2011)

"As a professor and researcher, Dr. Lauren Katz demonstrated an unflagging passion for the field of speech-language pathology. Importantly, she also made it a priority to maintain her role in the clinical setting. The students in Dr. Katz's graduate courses saw her as a model of the clinician they one day hoped to be. Dr. Katz has the extraordinary skill to view her clients as individuals and identify their unique strengths and challenges. Her vast knowledge of the field is remarkable and yet still growing; through this, she applies assessment and treatment methods that truly work. Dr. Katz's astute problem-solving skills and will to better the lives of her clients and their families combine to make her an exemplary clinician."

Former Graduate Student at Bowling Green State University

"Dr. Lauren Katz is a talented instructor and respected researcher in the field of college-age literacy. She is a supportive team leader who provides positive encouragement to her students throughout the learning process. Her creative teaching methods guide others by means of self-discovery—a lasting learning tool that has influenced the way I do therapy as a speech-language pathologist."

Speech-Language Pathologist, Ref. CASLPO
Former Graduate Student at Bowling Green State University

"We are blessed to have met you and have so much confidence you've sent us in the direction we need! Hope you know what you said and did with A. on Wednesday has lifted her spirits and we can't thank you enough."

Mother of a 10-year-old 3LI client
Cygnet, OH

Dr. Joanne M. Pierson

"Working with 3-LI was an invaluable experience for our family. It helped us discover the areas our son has been struggling with and also confirm his strengths. Joanne was wonderful. She is a very personable clinician who can warm the hearts of any child, mine included. Through her testing techniques, Joanne not only identified for us his challenges but also highlighted which strengths can be used to manage them. This experience provided us the standardized testing and proof points we needed to work effectively with his school system. It also provided a resourceful reference of tools that we are already experiencing positive results from. Thank you for helping us help our son to become confident and encouraged in his strengths and capabilities. 

            Parent of an 11-year old student and 3LI client
            Ann Arbor, MI

“Joanne has a terrific rapport with children. Our son is a handful and she handles him beautifully. When I tell him it's time to go to speech, he says, 'Yay!' Joanne has been very clear about our child's needs and how she will approach addressing them. We are already seeing improvement in his articulation.”

Parent of 3LI client
Ann Arbor, MI

“I have known Jo for over 20 years. When my three-year-old daughter was not learning to speak, I did some research and found that Jo was considered the finest speech-language therapist in southwest Michigan. She did a brilliant job with my daughter. They are still fast friends.

Over the last 20 years, we have worked on many cases and projects together. I am always impressed by her knowledge, sensitivity and her outstanding ability to engage anyone. Our last project was the DyslexiaHelp website. Jo was responsible for almost every aspect of this project. She has thoughtfully brought together the finest experts and information into one location for everyone concerned with dyslexia. She did it with an enthusiasm and grace that was a pleasure to watch.”

Michael Ryan, PhD
Licensed psychologist