Susan Hamre, MA, CCC/SLP, is an ASHA-certified speech/language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience, specializing in autism interventions within home, school, hospital, and community settings. Since earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Northern Michigan University, she has owned and managed a private practice in Santa Fe for more than 25 years, serving individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on developmental disabilities, ASD, and various other challenging conditions.
Additionally, Ms. Hamre is the director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps (a therapeutic day school for individuals with ASD) near Chicago, Illinois. She is a frequently requested speaker who has provided numerous continuing education trainings across the country on ASD. In her spare time, she has made five Operation Smile mission trips – four to the Philippines and one to Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on every one of those trips, Ms. Hamre helped identify the existence of probable autism, steered families in the right direction, and supported medical personnel in discovering how best to work with this unique population. Those situations underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics that cloak ASD can be not only spotted at a very young age, but worked with successfully in all sorts of environments – even when the same language is not being spoken.