Mary Shiffer, MS, CCC/SLP, holds a B.A. in elementary education and M.S. in speech and hearing science from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She has worked 24 years as a speech/language pathologist in public school settings from early intervention through high school. Her major areas of interest are literacy, diagnosis of language learning disorder in elementary students and the impact of disorders on academic achievement, and autism spectrum disorders and pragmatic deficits in behaviorally disordered children and teens.