“I’m not just looking to change a life; I’m seeking to empower a generation.”
Dr. Tinita Ortega Kearney is a pediatric speech-language pathologist, author, and public speaker specializing in working with neurodivergent and culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Hailing from New York, she attended college in Washington, DC, receiving her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in speech-language pathology from Howard University.
Dr. Kearney has over a decade of experience in the field, with the majority of this time spent in the non-public and public school settings. She has owned and operated a successful speech/language therapy private practice for eight years and enjoys presenting on assessing and supporting neurodivergent and culturally and linguistically diverse students. Dr. Kearney is a member of many professional organizations and honor societies, and she currently serves on both local and state professional boards, including the Maryland Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Music Therapists, for which she serves as Vice Chair. As a mentor and researcher, Dr. Kearney has served as an adjunct professor, has published research articles, and has presented at numerous professional conferences. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Award for Continuing Education by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning.
Striving to advance the interests of those in the autism community, Dr. Kearney has served as an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador for the state of Maryland for several years. She has also recently entered the world of children’s books and has authored an award-winning lift-the-flap board book series targeting specific speech/language skills in young children. She seeks to empower families by providing a fun, interactive way for caregivers to teach fundamental speech/language skills using her lift-the-flap board books and companion products in her series, "Lola Koala's Travel Adventures."