Tera Sumpter is a wife, mother of three, founder of Seeds of Learning LLC, and Speech-Language Pathologist with specialized experience in the areas of reading, executive functioning and learning disabilities. She is an international presenter on cognitive processing and executive functioning, and former adjunct professor of Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism in the Cleveland State University’s Speech and Hearing Program. Tera was a medical Speech-Language Pathologist in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings before founding Seeds of Learning LLC. Having worked with children in medical and therapeutic settings since 2001, Tera understands the special needs that children and their families encounter when faced with learning difficulties. Tera is committed to providing the highest quality treatment to children, as well as educating and empowering families.
From years of clinical experience and research analysis, Tera has developed a Cognitive Processing Model for Academic Learning which integrates key cognitive components necessary for learning. Far too often, learning disabilities are segmented and compartmentalized when in fact, they are related and connected. Tera's model allows a professional to get to the root of a child's learning difficulty, both for assessment and intervention. Tera's cognitive processing model for learning is referenced in master's level counseling courses at Cleveland State University: Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Counselors. Tera is honored to be asked to present and teach her model to other professionals including speech-language pathologists, teachers, occupational therapists, nurses, psychologists, parents, and undergraduate and graduate speech language pathology students in various states across the country and internationally. For more information on her presentations and workshops, visit here.
Emma is a graduate of the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!) with a
Bachelor’s in Education with a Mild – Moderate Intervention Specialist
certification. She attended Cleveland State University following graduation and sat in Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism taught by Tera Sumpter. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Akron, Emma took a job at a private practice where she worked in a variety of settings. Emma spent time working in the outpatient setting, preschool setting, and in the hospital setting. After attending a continuing education opportunity, Emma again sat in Tera Sumpter’s classroom at the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association conference in 2019. Since then, Emma has found a real love for executive function therapy and literacy therapy. Her favorite part of this specialty is watching and hearing about the application of tools being used across
settings. Outside of therapy, Emma enjoys being outdoors, trying new foods, and spending time with her family, friends, and Great Dane, Eddie.
Emma is a brilliant Speech-Language Pathologist who has mastered the ability to problem solve split-second stimulus-response reactions needed to effectively address a child's cognitive processing. She has an innate ability to reach children.
We are so lucky to have her at Seeds of Learning.
Hannah is a mom, wife, and Speech Language Pathologist. She has had a wide range of experience that includes working with the 1% of the student population with significant needs at a specialized school, to servicing our youngest learners, preschoolers, and all ages of differently abled children in between. Hannah’s professional areas of interest include functional communication, behavior, interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary collaboration, autism spectrum disorder, executive functions, and the integration of cognitive processes necessary for learning.
Hannah is creative, a problem-solver, and collaborative. She values a team approach when working with a child and their family to best determine and meet their needs. Hannah has developed a passion for meeting children where their true needs lie, and is driven to help them achieve their highest potential. Hannah is honored and thrilled to now be a part of Seeds of Learning, LLC where meeting the individual needs of the children and their families in a collaborative, holistic, and integrated manner is the forefront of assessment and intervention.
From her compassion to knowledge-base, she is a truly gifted Speech-Language Pathologist. Seeds of Learning is better thanks to her!
Debbie earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Cleveland State University. Her first job out of graduate school was with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District where she attended a department wide professional development seminar by Tera Sumpter. Tera’s presentation inspired Debbie to dive into executive functioning therapy. Debbie is honored to be part of the Seeds of Learning team. She is passionate about providing functional therapy to facilitate language learning. Her favorite part about her job is connecting with families and children.
Outside of speech-language therapy, Debbie enjoys running, yoga, swimming, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her chihuahua and her family.
Debbie's commitment to life-long learning paired with her innate ability to connect with children makes her a phenomenal asset to the Seeds of Learning team. We are honored to have her!